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Cheesing Out: 11 Top Restaurant Cheese Plates - OpenTableby Amy Sherman, 19.01.2017

A great cheese course is more than just a few random selections on a plate. While some restaurants source their cheeses from specific regions or focus on hard-to-find cheese, others are actually making it or aging it in-house. In anticipation of National Cheese Lover’s Day, here are some the country’s best restaurant cheese plates and what makes them so special.


Café des Architectes, Chicago, Illinois


Executive chef Greg Biggers is an ambitious guy. Two years ago, he converted a walk -n refrigerator into a cheese cave. The restaurant’s Chestnut Provisions features an assortment of housemade cave-aged cheeses, charcuterie, jams, and preserves. The restaurant has a Dairy Manufacturing Plant license allowing them to utilize the kitchen as a cheese production facility, complete with a temperature and humidity controlled cave. The cheeses they currently offer include a one-year-aged cow’s milk cheddar, an herb-steeped goat cheese, grass-fed cow’s milk tome, chevre, and Taleggio. Make a reservation at Café des Architectes.


Amy Sherman is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, blogger, and cookbook author. She is the publisher of the food blog Cooking with Amy. She currently contributes to numerous online publications including Food Network, Fodor’s and Refinery 29 and never says no to a warm donut. Follow her @cookingwithamy.


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