Cheese can be a savory dessert or a pre-sweets prelude. The cheese course has many fans, so an ever-growing number of restaurants are starting to take fromage seriously. Some even employ cheese specialists to create palate-pleasing combinations. They often offer eye-catching displays or unusual accompaniments to make their selections stand out. Sample some of D.C.'s favorite cheese plates at these restaurants.Read More
Say Cheese — Check Out These Selections at 12 D.C. Restaurants
Sweet dreams are made of cheese.
Blue Duck Tavern
Cheese specialist Sophie Slesinger offers a nightly presentation of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie paired with house-made seasonal chutneys and jams. Engaged couples without a sweet tooth might want to consider ordering one of restaurant’s three-tiered or five-tiered wedding “cheesecakes.”
Customers can choose three, five, or seven types of cheeses at Cork Wine Bar and savor them with spiced nuts, raisin nut bread, and a red wine reduction with honey glaze. Guests who like Spanish blue cheese made from sheep’s milk or a French Brie can take some home from Cork Market across the street.
The South American steakhouse's signature smokey flavors can be found in its five grilled cheeses— Idiazáball, Manchego, Parmesan, ricotta salata, and Maytag blue. All are served with guava paste, sweet potato paste, bacon jam, and grilled bread.
Equinox offers a trio of cheeses that represent from the goat's milk, cow's milk, and blue categories. The plate is served with oven-roasted olives, homemade breadsticks, and jam.
Inn at Little Washington
The Inn serves nearly two-dozen cheeses on a cow-shaped cart named Faira, a state fair award-winning heifer. The selections include rare American cheeses, as well as European varieties.
Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
Cheese is one of the course offered at Marcel’s. Choices include Humboldt Fog goat's milk cheese served with blackberry gelée and a warm chevre gratin with date compote and black pepper lavash.
Poste Moderne Brasserie
Fancy cheeses from around the world are served with olive tapenade and grilled bread during lunch and dinner. The selections include Garrotxa (an aged goat’s milk cheese from Catalunya in Spain) and Midnight Moon (an gouda-style cheese from California).
This restaurant and wine bar’s dessert menu includes more than a dozen cheese selections.. They're all displayed on the counter and hail from counties like Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, and even the United States.
Restaurant Eve features 11 types of cheeses — mostly American — with a rotating list of accompaniments. These include homemade apple butter and black walnut aigre-doux.
Offering more than 15 types of cheeses at any given time, Ripple’s selection includes local and domestic varieties. The majority come from Murray’s Cheese in New York City.
With half a dozen cheese offerings at any given time, Room 11’s cheese boards include hard and soft choices, served with an assortment of house-made spreads and breads.
Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro
Diners won’t find any store-bought nuts or spreads on the cheese plates at this U Street wine bar. The chevre is paired with a homemade trail mix and lavender honey while the shepherd's delight comes with raw mushroom and a porcini mushroom vinegar reduction.