Belkis and her brother Manuel have baking in their blood. The creative duo behind CheeseCake, Etc. can trace their family history through three generations of bakers to great-grandparents who ran a small bakery in France. While Manuel attends to the café’s bread-making needs, Belkis rules over its namesake confection. She whips up more than 300 different cheesecakes, including gluten- and sugar-free varieties as well as those inspired by seasonal ingredients or stock-market trends. Some of her most popular flavors include lemon, turtle, and New York–style cheesecake set into a graham-cracker-pecan crust.
The menu also offers Chocolate Shoppe ice cream and more than 15 types of Steep & Brew coffee, as well as house-made cheese breads, cheese curds, soups, salads, and sandwiches, which rotate each day. Salsa Dance Saturdays steep the small café in toe-tapping Latin rhythms as dance instructor J-Ro opens the floor for introductory salsa lessons and open dancing.