Best Cheese Course
I'm new to Philly and I wondered whether someone could tell me which restaurant in the city has the best cheese course.
The one I purchase myself.
I have never been to a restaurant that has been able to put all of my favorites together, with perfect crackers. And for the cost of the meals in upper echelon dining...I'd rather drop $200 at the cheese shop and (and have the cheese enjoyment extended!), and $200 at the restaurant and try their confections, personally. Especially now that the cheeses are a lot more easilly attainable.
My post sounds rude, it's not meant to. Is there a particular cheese you are looking for, or what type of meal are you looking for? I guess that would help.
Cheese is currently my favorite meal of all, so I'm always on the lookout for a great cheese course. Some I've found so far that I really like:
Fork--you can choose three, or I believe five (I always go with three) from their always-changing list. Comes with fruit.
Bistro 7--three pre-selected cheeses, which usually includes Humboldt Fog. Comes with pistachio brittle and honey.
Zinc Bistro--L'assiette Francaise has meats as well (they also have one with just cheese); chef's choice. It is fabulous.
Tria and Beneluxx--if you love cheese, you must go to these places; both have extensive cheese-tasting menus.
i was underwhelmed by beneluxx. while i LOVE tria (yes, love in all caps) i have tended to go wrong in my cheese ordering, but i'm convinced this might be me. there are verrrry few meatless ingredients on this earth that i don't like but stinky blue cheeses are one of them.
while it wasn't a cheese PLATE, there was a cheese at tinto that nearly had me in tears, it was so good. i think it was a boucheron. it was so good it was ridiculous. i didn't think i could love a cheese that much.
I have been to Beneluxx several times, and haven't experienced the temperature problem--could it have been a temporary glitch? I hope so...
I enjoy both equally, although each one can be a very different experience. What I especially like about Beneluxx is that you can sample a large variety at fairly low cost. Tria is a little pricier, but you also get wonderful accompaniments (like truffle mushroom pate).
I feel like a lot of places in town that have cheese courses tend to have cheeses that are readily available at the Whole Foods cheese counter (like Humboldt Fog). I would say that Tria is an exception, and while it's not a full "restaurant," it is a destination for cheese lovers.
Of all the cheese courses in all the restaurants I've tried, Lacroix has been my favorite. Lots to choose from, knowledgable staff, and generous servings.
Domaine Hudson, if you venture into Wilmington, about 30 min south of Philly. Choice of 3 cheeses for $15 or 5 for $25. Cheeses are from Murray's in NYC. Www.DomaineHudson.com/menu.html