Saturday, July 30 is National Cheesecake Day, an event for which Patch could hardly leave its readers unprepared.
That's why editors Kathy Shaskan of Morris Township-Morris Plains Patch and John Dunphy of Morristown Patch happily rose to the occasion and taste-tested five local slices from the following businesses:
- , Morris Township
- , Morristown
- Rod's Steak House, Morris Township
- , Morris Plains Farmer's Market, Morris Plains
- (salad bar), Morristown
The intention was to taste just the cheesecake. In cases where toppings were added, they were avoided.
The two editors were in near-perfect agreement. The cheesecake from the Fairchild Market in Morris Township came out on top, not just in taste, but in slice size and price.Source
RankingFairchild Market $4 Large #1 #1 Provesi $5 Med #2 #3 Rod's Steak House $8 Med #3 #2 Mara's $5 Small #4 #4 A&P salad bar $1 Small #5 #5
From the transcipt of the tasting:
JD. This one is soft, it's got a little bit of that chunkiness, which is kind of like Mom used to make for me. It's not super smooth, which is good. I find when a cheesecake is just super, super smooth it almost feels artificial. Mmm, that's good.
KS: This is light. It has less of that cloying sweetness you get in some cheesecakes. Very nice. The texture is really good.
JD: Now this one's from Provesi. Mmmm.
KS: This one is totally different.
JD: It's completely different because it's a ricotta cheesecake.
KS: The texture is almost cakey.
JD: Slighty, yes.
KS: Very nice flavor.
JD: I actually really like it.
KS: Slightly less sweet than I would like.
JD: I actually don't mind it being less sweet. I like that a lot.
Rod's Steak House
JD: Hmm, that one seems a little smoother and less chunky than the Fairchild Market One.
KS: I'm tasting something. Maybe lime? Not sure.
JD: I think I like the Fairchild Market one better, though.
KS: Right now, for me, they're still on par with one another.
KS: And here we've got Mara's
JD: Very popular place.
KS: I taste vanilla. Very good.
JD: Mmm. That is very good.
KS: Nice flavor. The sweetness is just right in that. But, I feel I have to revisit Fairchild Market and Rod's.
JD: I'm still really liking the Fairchild Market.
KS: Me too.
A&P salad bar.
JD: Alright. My first impression is that it kind of reminds me a little bit of Jello Cheesecake. It's very stiff and a little gummy.
KS: The texture's not great. It is gummy. It would only be okay for a real cheesecake emergency.
Fairchild Market, Rod's and Provesi
JD: Now, this time around I notice less diference.
KS: And I noticed more of a difference. I think I've got to give it to the Fairchild Market. That's the one I like the best.
JD: They're pretty close. It's hard to say which ones are one and two for me. If I was just giving an opposing opinion, I'd give it to Provesi–go Morristown!–I just really like the fact that it is slightly different. I'm not a cheesecake nut but I like that. I can see it going with a nice, strong coffee. But overall, I think I have to go with Fairchild Market too. It's very, very good. Unfortunately, the salad bar cheesecake from A&P just couldn't hold up. Mara's was pretty good and the Rod's steak House wasn't bad.
KS: I think, with the exception of the A&P cheesecake, all four of them are very respectable desserts. You'd be happy to get them at a restaurant.
JD:I have to say that the slice from Fairchild Market was four bucks and it's a good size slice.
KS: A big slice.
JD: So that was an excellent value.
JD: And then there's the 85 cent one, which I don't care about ever trying again.