Many people think cheesecake originated in New York, but there is evidence that cheesecake was served to athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. But the cheesecake from yesteryear undoubtedly looked and tasted different from the velvety, luscious cheesecake served at diners and bakeries today.

We love cheesecake that comes from all over the country, including the slices served with a side of berry sauce at Porter House New York, the classic cherry-topped cheesecake at Junior’s, and the innovative cheesecakes at Eli’s Cheesecake World in Chicago. And sometimes, there’s just nothing better than a cheesecake made at home.

There’s a great big world of fantastic cheesecake out there. So if you’re looking for some post-lunch inspiration, get up from your desk, find the closest cheesecake to you, and go H.A.M.

Click through the slideshow for pictures of the illest cheesecake on the planet.

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