The cheesecake's origins are thought to date all the way to ancient Greece. The Greeks allegedly served the dessert the athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. Though a sugar high doesn't seem like the most productive way to endure a feat of strengths, cheesecake is still a reason to celebrate nonetheless.
Whoever invented it, the all-mighty cheesecake deserves a dedicated day to fully savor it. Atlanta has plenty of options for cheesecake and desserts from family-owned to chain favorites.
Head to Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro at Atlantic Station for a meal of crawfish egg rolls, blackened ahi tuna steak, french club, homemade pizza and more. Save room for the black and white tuxedo cheesecake or bannas foster topped slice.
Hit Copeland's first and then shop off your decadent dessert or see what's going on at Atlantic Station's Central Park.
For a more upscale and intimate venue, try Cafe Intermezzo in Brookwood or Dunwoody for over 100 cheesecakes, tortes, savory and sweet crepes, tarts, pies and coffee. The atmosphere nods to 19th century Vienna and its famous Kolschitsky's Coffeehouse dating back to 1683. Both cafes are open late and offer a perfect dessert spot after a show at the Fox or night on the town.
The historic Sweet Auburn Bakery on Edgewood offers an old-fashioned Southern bakery located in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Try their New York Style, Key Lime or Sweet Potato cheesecake creations or take a look at their danishes and cookies.
Walk around the historic Sweet Auburn district before indulging in your treat. The layered and flavorful smells of the Curb Market will get you primed for a slice. You can also make a day of it and head over to the King Center for a walk through the civil rights movement history.
Atlanta's Metrotainment Bakery totes itself as baking the best cakes on the planet since 1997. The bake shop started in the prep kitchen of Einstein's restaurant and rapidly outgrew its roots.
Today guests can pick up a caramel, Bailey's Irish cream, white chocolate brownie and more directly from their retail space on Logan Circle, or stop in one of the many restaurants they cater to including Sugar Shack, Einstein's or Joe's among others.
Group travelers and families can head to the chain favorite Cheesecake Factory. The expansive restaurant features an oversized menu with endless dinning options plus a hefty dessert menu complete with Oreo Dream Extreme, Fresh Strawberry and Godiva cheesecakes. Get your sugar fix at three different locations in Buckhead, Perimeter and Cumberland Mall.
Though Gerald's Heavenly Desserts isn't as much a sit-down and indulge spot as it is an order and go, it's still worthy of a look. The family-owned restaurant delivers throughout metro Atlanta and ships anywhere in the US. Consider ordering an eggnog, candy bar explosion, coconut creme or pineapple strawberry cheesecake to your Atlanta hotel for a celebratory treat.
Wherever you celebrate National Cheesecake Day, just make sure you pay it the proper respect to come hungry. But if you're not visiting Atlanta, there are still ways to honor the holiday at home.
Try these five cheesecake recipes for your next family celebration