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Eight Not-So-Classic Cheesecakes to Try Now

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The cheesecake, or some version of it, has been around for centuries and is still a popular dessert; many countries claim their own variations of it. Around here, it's a bakery classic as well as a regular on dessert menus. Here are eight local restaurants that take this favorite and push the envelope past the requisite berry and whipped cream standard.
Katie Chudy


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1. ArtBar

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40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 806-4200
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Sweet Potato Chevre Cheesecake: Here, notoriously savory ingredients like sweet potatoes and chevre take on dessert form with a candied root vegetable garnish and pepper wine "jelle." [Photo: Official Site]

2. 75 Chestnut

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75 Chestnut St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-2175
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Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Brulee: The average run-of-the-mill cheesecake is enhanced by raspberries and white chocolate and served brulee-style with whipped cream. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Troquet

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140 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 695-9463
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Brown Sugar Cheesecake: Consisting of roasted pears, graham crackers, vanilla syrup, and macerated sour cherries, the cheesecake at Troquet is a seasonal treat. [Photo: Official Site]

4. Abby Lane Food & Spirits

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255 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 451-2229
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Salted Caramel Cheesecake: The ever popular salt and caramel duo are together at last in cheesecake form at Abby Lane. [Photo: Official Site]

5. The Butcher Shop

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552 Tremont St
Boston, MA
(617) 423-4800
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Cheesecake: Here, the creaminess of the cheesecake is balanced by tart blood orange and classic graham crackers. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

6. Lineage

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242 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 232-0065
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Meyer Lemon Cheesecake: The cheesecake at Lineage forgoes the classic graham cracker crust and opts for a shortbread base instead. A creamy meyer lemon-tinged filling completes the dish. [Photo: Facebook]

7. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

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560 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 422-0224
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Mascarpone Cheese Cake: At Gaslight in the South End, caramelized pineapple sweetens the cheesecake deal and mascarpone is used as the base. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

8. The Fireplace

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1634 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 975-1900
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Peanut Butter Cheesecake: For those craving the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate, the cheesecake at The Fireplace with dark chocolate and salted peanut brittle ought to do the trick. [Photo: Facebook]

1. ArtBar

40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142
Sweet Potato Chevre Cheesecake: Here, notoriously savory ingredients like sweet potatoes and chevre take on dessert form with a candied root vegetable garnish and pepper wine "jelle." [Photo: Official Site]
40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142

2. 75 Chestnut

75 Chestnut St, Boston, MA 02108
Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Brulee: The average run-of-the-mill cheesecake is enhanced by raspberries and white chocolate and served brulee-style with whipped cream. [Photo: Facebook]
75 Chestnut St
Boston, MA 02108

3. Troquet

140 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Brown Sugar Cheesecake: Consisting of roasted pears, graham crackers, vanilla syrup, and macerated sour cherries, the cheesecake at Troquet is a seasonal treat. [Photo: Official Site]
140 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

4. Abby Lane Food & Spirits

255 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
Salted Caramel Cheesecake: The ever popular salt and caramel duo are together at last in cheesecake form at Abby Lane. [Photo: Official Site]
255 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

5. The Butcher Shop

552 Tremont St, Boston, MA
Cheesecake: Here, the creaminess of the cheesecake is balanced by tart blood orange and classic graham crackers. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
552 Tremont St
Boston, MA

6. Lineage

242 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Meyer Lemon Cheesecake: The cheesecake at Lineage forgoes the classic graham cracker crust and opts for a shortbread base instead. A creamy meyer lemon-tinged filling completes the dish. [Photo: Facebook]
242 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

7. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

560 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Mascarpone Cheese Cake: At Gaslight in the South End, caramelized pineapple sweetens the cheesecake deal and mascarpone is used as the base. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
560 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

8. The Fireplace

1634 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445
Peanut Butter Cheesecake: For those craving the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate, the cheesecake at The Fireplace with dark chocolate and salted peanut brittle ought to do the trick. [Photo: Facebook]
1634 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445

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