Published - October 16, 2008
Best of the Coast 2008 - Food
CHRISOULA'S CHEESECAKE SHOPPE
Winner: Best Desserts
Since she opened in 2007, Chrisoula Athanasios Hulion has been satisfying our cheesecake
cravings with flavors such as pecan caramel, amaretto and white chocolate raspberry, as well as
other Greek food and desserts like Baklava, Koulourakia and Kourembiedes. Chrisoula's now
offers Greek classic dinners to go. Join them for lunch. Office lunches and catering are also
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CHRISOULA'S CHEESECAKE SHOPPE
( 3101 E Cervantes St. Tel. 850-438-5650 )
www.chrisoulascheesecakeshoppe.com This year, bring a cheesecake from Chrisoula's to the
family reunion picnic. Open for a short time, Chrisoula's is already extremely popular and it's no
wonder, since these sweets are to die for.
Published - February 1, 2008
Splash Magazine Dining
Chrisoula's is ... Cheesecake heaven
Mmmmmm ... Chrisoula's cheesecake is unlike
any other cheesecake. Dense, but light. Sweet and rich,
but not overpowering.
Chrisoula Hulion, owner of Chrisoula's Cheesecake Shoppe, grew up in the restaurant
business, with dad Spero Athanasios owning Boy on a Dolphin on Pensacola Beach.
Chrisoula began making cheesecakes, baklava and Greek desserts while still young, then
began baking for Athanasios' new venture, Café 22, a couple of years ago.
"I started making cheesecakes and baklava and I got a really good response," Hulion
remembers, so she decided to start a business to bake for restaurants and offer her delights to
the general public.
She located the spot for her store in the bend of Scenic Highway across from Hunan's, and now
offers at least two dozen varieties of cheesecake on any given day, plus Greek pastries. The
casual atmosphere features bistro tables and a beautiful view of the cheesecake selection, a
perfect place to sit and sample a slice of cheesecake. Enjoy it with a cold drink of a cup of
authentic Greek coffee, made frothy and blended with honey, if that's your preference.
There is no secret to her success, except a fierce determination to use only quality ingredients.
"It's just fresh, fresh, the best ingredients you can get," Hulion says. Her cheesecakes are
comparable to the authentic New York cheesecakes and have been requested from as far away
The best selling varieties of cheesecake are New York (with a hint of lemon zest), Key Lime,
Dark Chocolate, Turtle and White Chocolate Raspberry. However, there is always a variety of
flavors available including Oreo, chocolate swirl, Mardi Gras (with purple and green icing),
Blueberry, low fat, sugar free and an array of others. If there's a certain flavor you desire,
Hulion is willing to custom bake it for you with a two-day notice.
If you cannot decide on one flavor, you can ask for a Sampler with 10 different slices to taste
You might say cheesecake is in the family DNA. Hulion's father was born on the Greek Isle of
Samos, which is credited as the birthplace of cheesecake around 800 B.C.
Lunch is served at Chrisoula's daily and includes your choice of Spinach and Feta Panini, Basil
Pesto Panini and Sun Dried Tomato Panini, each with chicken, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato
on French bread and pressed on the grill. Each is served with chips for $6.49 or an optional
cup of fresh fruit for 69 cents more. Chrisoula's savory cheesecakes are the basis for the lunch
paninis, and are delightful spread onto a cracker.
Soups vary daily, either Broccoli and Cheese, Tomato with 3 Cheeses, White Bean Chicken,
Minestrone or Tomato Parmesan Couscous.
Chrisoula's cheesecakes are available in small, medium and large. You can also get one dozen
Chrisoula's is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3101 East Cervantes
St. in Pensacola.
For details, call 438-5650.
Published - October 18, 2007
Best of the Coast 07
Chrisoula's Cheesecake Shoppe
Top 3 Finishers: Best Desserts
The East Pensacola cheesecake shop not only offers delectable handmade specialty
cheesecakes, but also Greek pastries, coffee, tea and gifts. There are 30-plus kinds of
cheesecakes to choose from. Amaretto or Apricot? Snickers or Reeses? Peanut Brittle or
Creme de Menthe? Baileys Irish Cream or Butterscotch Pecan?
Published - July 20, 2007
Pensacola News Journal
Delicious desserts are Chrisoula's main dish
The Athanasios family once ran the popular Pensacola Beach restaurant Boy on a Dolphin.
Several storms later, the family is now further inland with their downtown lunch gem, Cafe 22.
Daughter Chrisoula Athanasios Hulion made desserts at both places, but last April, she
decided to branch off.
"I had really good response to the cheesecakes," she said. "I wanted to open my own
business and there wasn't a cheesecake shop in town."
Her independence led her to 3101 E. Cervantes and a new strip of shops in East Pensacola
Heights, where she opened Chrisoula's Cheesecake Shoppe. In sync with her Greek heritage,
cheesecake has been traced to the Athenians where it was part of the athletes' diet during the
Olympic games of 776 B.C.
All her cheesecakes are made on site, from the crust to the toppings, with more than 30
varieties. Slices ($3.55) are the most coveted, while an entire cake ranges from a one-pound,
5-inch mini-cheesecake ($9.95) to the 4-pound, 9-inch version ($29.95) that offers 10 hearty
Chrisoula's caveat is sweating out the selection process. There's chocolate chip, Snickers,
Oreo, key lime, Bailey's Irish Cream and white chocolate raspberry, just to name a few. Hulion
said she can make one from other candy bars as well; two customers recently ordered an
Almond Joy and Butterfinger.
Low sugar and low fat varieties are also available.
Holli Pruett has had the 9-inch "You Pick" 10-slice sampler plus some of the daily samples.
"I love the dark chocolate one," Pruett decided. "I could eat it everyday."
Most of the cheesecakes have a consistency that lies somewhere between thick-enough-to
support-a-fork and lightly whipped. The rich dark chocolate has a chunky texture on an Oreo
crust topped with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
About two months ago, Hulion added a little lunch to the menu, a trio of made-to-order paninis.
The grilled chicken sandwiches ($6.49) are dressed with spinach and feta cheese, sun-dried
tomato or basil pesto on thick French loaf.
Andy Parenteau and Susie Foreman came in for the first time for lunch.
"We had the spinach and feta," Foreman said. "It was big enough for us to share."
Chrisoula's also offers Greek desserts. Kataifi ($3.50), also known as "pasta" at the annual
Greek Festival, is a pile of shredded phyllo dough with a cream filling and honey syrup topped
with almonds and whipped cream. Koulourakias ($1.25) and kourambiedes ($1.50) are butter
cookies, the former with orange zest, the latter bathed with chopped almonds and powdered
sugar. The more familiar baklava ($3.75) is a generous hunk, and of course, Hulion offers a
cheesecake hybrid as well, its bottom crust made of phyllo dough and nuts, honey to sweeten
the cheese and more nuts for the topping. No one leaves here unscathed.
Hulion's shop is open until 6 p.m., paving the way for a quick pick-up on the way home from
work. If you're out later, Chrisoula's desserts are available at Angus and Aegean Breeze.
Published - Tuesday April 17, 2007
Pensacola News Journal
Cheesecake Shop to Open
After months of planning and remodeling, Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe has opened
at 3101 E Cervantes St., Pensacola.
Owner Chrisoula Athanasios Hulion grew up in the restaurant family headed by Spero
Athanasios, who now owns Café 22.
“I was the dessert maker in the family,” Hulion said. “Growing up in the restaurant
business has given me an appreciation of food and people. I want everyone to enjoy
the cheesecakes with their families and friends.”
Hulion will make at least 30 different cheesecakes daily. Flavors will include chocolate,
oreo, apricot, pecan, turtle, and ricotta. Low-sugar cheesecakes also are available.
The shop offers appetizer cheesecakes such as sun-dried tomato, smoked salmon,
feta and spinach, and artichoke.
Hulion also specializes in wedding cheesecakes.
All cheesecakes, whole or by the slice, are made from scratch.
The store sells Greek pastries and cookies.
The cheesecakes will be available in area stores as well as in Café 22.
* Such a great place to have lunch. Food very good.
* Best cheesecake I've ever had!!!
* I love this place! :)
* White Chocolate cheesecakes was delicious. Can't wait to go back
and have another slice! Great job!
* Happy place and very good food
* I will say it again....my FAVORITE place for great food, wonderful
service and MORE than pleasant environment! I love, LOVE, LOVE
this place! You gotta try the cheesecake...it is AMAZING! :-}
* Chrisoula and her cheesecakes could not be any better.
Cheesecakes are out of this world and customer service even better.
Chrisoula did all of the cheesecakes for our wedding and every guest
raved about them. Can't wait to go back!
* Dark chocolate cheesecake is pretty close to the BEST thing ever!!!
* The Best Cheesecake I've Ever Had!
* The most incredible Sugar Free cheesecake I have ever tasted!
* Absolutely the Best
* The Best Cheesecake in Town
* Out of this World
* Everything here is so delicious how do you choose what to get!
* I cannot say enough about the selection of cheesecakes that are
offered. They are just absolutely delicious.
WSRE FOOD and WINE Classic
Published October 15, 2015
Pensacola News Journal
By: Julio Diaz
More than 20 of the region's top chefs are coming together Friday to kick off WSRE's 27th annual
Wine & Food Classic at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach.
The "Grand Southern Tasting," the first event in this year's "Savor & Surf Southern"-themed series of
offerings, is set for 6 p.m., and will feature contributions from Joe Abston of Pot Roast & Pinot, William
Briand of Fisher's at Orange Beach, Matthew Brown of The Fish House, Mike DeSorbo of Culinary
Productions, host Chef Dan Dunn of the HIlton's H2O, John Huggings of La Brisa, Chris Pichotta of V.
Paul's Italian Ristorante, Gregg McCarthy of The Grand Marlin, Chrisoula Hulion of Chrisoula's
Cheesecake Shoppe, Alex McPhail of Restaurant Iron, Betsy LeGallis and Sue Shattuck of So
Gourmet, Eric Troup of Margaritaville Beach Hotel, Paulette Martin of Nouveau Pastries & Catering,
Mike Tilton of Jubilee Oyster Bar & Grille, Jerry Mistretta of Jerry's Bistreaux Catering, Chris Tingle of
McGuire's Irish Pub, Brody Olive of Coast Restaurant & Spectrum Resort, Chris Sherrill of the
Flora-Bama Yacht Club, Tyler Simmons of Jaco's Bayfront Bar & Grille, John Smith of Hemingway's
Island Grill and Shayne Taylor of the Pensacola Country Club.
The evening will feature samples of dishes from these chefs, as well as fine wines and music by the
Uptown Trio. "Beach Cocktail" attire is required. Tickets are $40, available by phone at 484-1054, or
The event continues next weekend with a free meet and greet and book signing with celebrity chef
John Besh at 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at So Gourmet, 407 S. Palafox St. Besh will sign his new cookbook, "Besh
Big Easy," which will be available for purchase. A sold-out VIP dinner with Besh at Jackson's
Steakhouse will round out this year's Classic events.
Get a taste of downtown with Tastemakers
Kalyn Wolfe, Pensacola News Journal correspondent
August 26, 2015
Grab your Passport and get ready to take a tasty journey around the world. The Pensacola News Journal’s
Tastemakers returns this weekend. For $25, you can grab a taste of Greece, Belgium, New Zealand, Japan,
Germany, Jordan, Mexico and the United States from a dozen downtown Pensacola restaurants including the
Tin Cow, World of Beer, Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom, Pot Roast and Pinot, Pita Pit, Beef O’ Brady’s,
Seville Quarter, Jordan Valley Restaurant and Four Seasons Catering.
Those who purchase Passports for Tastemakers will be able to visit the 11 restaurants at their own pace
Friday and Saturday evening, sampling cuisine and beverages at each location. Participants can stroll
between locations or hop a ride on one of the three trolleys traveling the route each evening.
While there will be some old favorites returning to the lineup, there will also be some new arrivals this year.
Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe is one of those restaurants. “We’re so excited to do this,” Chrisoula’s
Cheesecake Shoppe owner Chrisoula Hulion said. “All of our cheesecakes are made from scratch.” Hulion
chose to offer a taste of Greece, pairing a delicious Baklava cheesecake made with pure honey, lemon and
pecan with coffee. “I come from a Greek background, and cheesecakes originated in Greece,” she said. “It
was what was served to the Olympians.”
Also new to the tour is Nom Sushi Izakaya. This small restaurant offers an intimate setting along with
Japanese dishes served with a Southern American twist. Tastemakers participants will be happy to see Ever’
man Cooperative Grocery and Cafe returning to the tour. Last year, more than 600 people flocked to Ever’
man to try their food pairing. “Our customers were so happy with it,” General Manager William Rolfs said. “We
sold more tickets than everybody by quite a bit. This year, we will have our sit-down eating area available.”
Taking on a taste of New Zealand, Ever’man will serve up a lamb ragout with vegetables and red wine sauce,
along with a kiwi salad paired with an Oyster Bay Pinot Noir. If you’re craving a taste of Mexico, head over to
the Pita Pit for a Southwest chicken fajita pita with a Corona with lime. Looking for something more classic?
You’ll be sure to enjoy Four Seasons Catering’s Southern fried chicken and iced tea.
Passports also entitle participants to admission to the nightly after-parties at Seville Quarter, including drink
specials for Passport holders until midnight each night. The passport also provides dining discounts at all
participating restaurants through Sept. 19. Passports are still available at all participating restaurants and at
the PNJ offices at the corner of Palafox and Garden streets, by cash payment only, or purchase online and
see the full list of offerings at pnj.com/tastemakers.
Want to go? •WHAT: Tastemakers. •WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; with after-parties at Seville
Quarter featuring drink specials until midnight each night. •WHERE: Twelve participating restaurants in
downtown Pensacola: Beef O’Brady’s, Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe, Ever’man Cooperative Grocery &
Cafe, Four Seasons Catering, Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom, Jordan Valley Cafe, Nom Sushi Izakaya,
Pita Pit, Pot Roast & Pinot, Seville Quarter, The Tin Cow and World of Beer. •COST: $25 (cash only) at any
participating restaurant or at the Pensacola News Journal office, 2 N. Palafox St.; or online at pnj.
•DETAILS: Visit pnj.com/tastemakers.
Chrisoula's Cheesecake Shoppe and Cafe
Published - January 7, 2016
Gulf Breeze News
by Melanie Kormondy
Chrisoula's is Cheesecake.... and so much more!
Chrisoula Hulion, owner of Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe, grew up in the restaurant business, with
dad Spero Athanasios owning Boy on a Dolphin on Pensacola Beach. Chrisoula began making
cheesecakes, baklava and Greek desserts while still young, then began baking for Athanasios’ new
venture, Café 22, a couple of years
ago. “I started making cheesecakes and baklava and I got a really good response,”
Hulion said, so she decided to start a business to bake for restaurants and offer her delights to the
general public. She located the spot for her store at 236 W Garden St. in Pensacola, and now offers
at least two dozen varieties of cheesecake on any given day, plus Greek pastries. The casual
atmosphere features bistro tables and a beautiful view of the cheesecake selection, a perfect place to
sit and sample a slice of cheesecake for just $4. Enjoy it with a cup of authentic Greek coffee, made
frothy and blended with honey, if
that’s your preference. There is no secret to her success, except a fierce determination to use only
ingredients. “It’s just fresh, fresh, the best ingredients you can get,” Hulion says. Her cheesecakes are
comparable to the authentic New York cheesecakes and have been requested from as far away as
The best selling varieties of cheesecake are New York (with a hint of lemon zest), key lime, dark
turtle and white chocolate raspberry. However, there is always a variety of flavors available including
swirl, Mardi Gras (with purple and green icing), blueberry, low fat, sugar free and an array of others. If
there’s a certain flavor you desire, Hulion is willing to custom bake it for you with a two-day notice.
If you cannot decide on one flavor, you can ask for a Sampler with 10 different slices to taste and
You might say cheesecake is in the family DNA. Hulion’s father was born on the Greek Isle of Samos,
which is credited as the birthplace of cheesecake around 800 B.C.
Chrisoula’s is Pensacola’s original cheesecake shoppe. Cheesecakes can be ordered online or by
phone. Their accolades include Best of the Bay 2015 Finalist Best Desserts and Best of the Coast
2015 Runner-up Best Desserts and Best Pastries.
Chrisoula’s is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and
closed on Sundays.
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The Pensacola Bay Area may be known for its sugar-white beaches, but its sugary
treats are equally appealing. With thriving local restaurants around every corner, it’s
no surprise that thousands of tourists visit our shores each year to have their taste
buds satisfied, and our local dessert selection does not disappoint.
We wanted to dive deeper into this pie, literally, and set out to gather an insider’s
take on the best desserts that Pensacola has to offer. After all, a balanced diet is
holding a cupcake in each hand, right? Here are our choices, handpicked and
recommended by locals, of course:
Chrisoula’s Cheesecake If you’re looking for a bakery that is near and dear to
Pensacola, look no further than Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe. This charming
bakery has been voted a winner of the “Best of the Bay” and “Best of the Coast”
competitions. Chrisoula and her husband Tony were born and raised in Pensacola.
Chrisoula grew up watching her Greek father in the restaurant business, which
inspired the Cheesecake Shoppe now located off of W. Garden Street. After 19
years in the corporate world, Tony quit his job to start a cheesecake shop with his
wife. Their cheesecakes are fresh, never frozen and the variety of flavors is sure to
delight any customer. I highly recommend the classic strawberry cheesecake and
the Reese's © cheesecakes. You’d be hard-pressed to find better cheesecake in the
United States, but don’t take my word for it. Drop by for lunch and taste for yourself.
Tuesday July 19, 2016
by Guest Author
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Pensacola
An insiders look at the desserts that Pensacola has to offer
Published - March 28, 2017
Pensacola News Journal
Chrisoula's turns 10
Chrisoula's Cheesecake Shoppe and Cafe, 236 W. Garden St., will celebrate 10 years in
business with an anniversary event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 5.
The event will feature giveaways and specials throughout the day, including birthday cake
Chrisoula's original storefront opened in 2007 at 3101 E. Cervantes St. In 2010, founder
Chrisoula Athanasios Hulion, who grew up in the Pensacola restaurant business — her father
owned popular Greek restaurants Boy on a Dolphin and Cafe 22 — closed the storefront, but
continued to sell her wares online and in local restaurants. The current storefront opened in
2014, and has been so successful that her husband, Tony Hulion, left his corporate job to
help manage the business.
In addition to her famous cheesecakes, Chrisoula's offers lunch service and catering. For
more information, call 438-5650, or visit www.chrisoulascheesecakeshoppe.com.
This multi-award-winning cheesecake purveyor offers its pies in flavors nearly
ranging the full alphabet (amaretto to white chocolate raspberry). If you’re
looking for something more unusual, try Chrisoula’s no-sugar-added, gluten-free
or layered cheesecakes. Still can’t choose? Try a selection of mini cheesecakes.
Florida might be best known for its grouper, oysters
and other delicacies from its waters, but don’t forget
about the Key Lime pie and other after-dinner treats
that make every meal complete. We scoured online
reviews and food critics’ recommendations to give you
these favorite dessert spots around Florida.
Favorite Dessert Spots Around Florida
From Key West to Jacksonville, these are the
dessert spots Floridians can't get enough of
By Steve Spears Updated: June 6, 2018
|Food Networks Alton Brown
|Mayor Ashton Hayward having Lunch and
Cheesecake at Chrisoula's June 2018