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Charcuterie and more? MSP

I just got the idea that I like charcuterie plates. Where are all the places in MSP that I can get this sort of thing? What's your favorite and why?

And actually, don't feel you have to limit to menu items actually called "charcuterie", let me know things to order that could fall into that general idea too. Thanks!

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  1. I just had the wild boar head cheese, or fromage de tete as they called it, with pickled chard and cranberry mustard...Thank you chef...so many levels of interplay there, everything was so balanced once you got the ratio correct on the fork...creamy fat, crunchy chard and nice mustard bite...

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    1. re: mitch cumstein

      Very nice, but where did you have this, Mitch?

      Anne

      P.S. If Alma ever has charcuterie or salami or sliced meat as an appetizer, order it! It's always fabulous.

      1. re: AnneInMpls

        ummm...yeah. Heartland...wow

    2. I had a really nice charcuterie plate at the bar at Vincent a while ago. It had a nice mix of different cured meats and nice and strong mustard. Strip Club Meat and Fish also had some nice cured meats/sausages on their small plate menu.

      1. 112 Eatery has a great one. It's on their menu as 'cold cuts and pickles.' The platter is really very large. It includes oustanding imported prosciutto (like buttah!), mortadella, another meat or two, some cheese, two great house-made patés, violet mustard, house-made pickles and pickled peppers, toasted baguette, and possibly something else I'm forgetting.

        1. The Craftsman has an excellent one. It changes often, so I can't tell you exactly what would be on it. We always get it if we are going with a group. Usually some pates, some salamis, some ham. Really good and they try to do local whenever possible.

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          1. re: churchka

            2nd this. often features mike phillips' aged ham- 2 years, 3 years old, as well as rabbit or pheasant terrines/pates and house pickled vegetables. love it.

          2. I can say that all these options are good ones, with the exception of vincent as i dont get down to nicollet mall too often and have never eaten there (let alone charcuterie). Alas, there was no charcuterie option at alma last night - so i had to settle for some outstanding bison tartar.

            Another place to add to the list is Erte in NE. I think its only available as a meats and cheese plate, but at around 10 bucks it was a really good deal and an excellent pairing with their nice (and cheap) happy hour selections.

            Another thought would be cheeky monkey. I know their meats (and some cheeses) are available on boards as opposed to the usual sandwiches. they taste great on bread so id imagine their (mostly homade/cured) meats would be pretty good all on their own, too.

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            1. re: tex.s.toast

              Nicollet Island Inn has a Charcuterie plate. I do not know if it would meet your standards but I rather enjoyed it last time I was there. Good variety for the price.

              1. re: snoboardbabe77

                any local markets carry Charcuterie? Also real Charcuterie not using additives.

                1. re: dave43

                  you mean supermarkets & butchers?

                  start with clancey's, kramarczuks, and the co-op butcher departments (wedge, seward & big mississippi market would be 1st picks)

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                  Mississippi Market Food Co-Op
                  622 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

                  Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli
                  2823 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

                  Kramarczuk East European Deli
                  215 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

                  Wedge Community Co-Op
                  2105 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

                  Clancey's Meats & Fish
                  4307 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

            2. Hey thanks everyone! On your advice we've been to 112 Eatery and Craftsman so far. First time we went to either place.

              112 Eatery's plate is definitely a steal of a deal at only $9.00! I'm sure I could eat the whole thing myself, but it was fun and plenty to share with another person. We assumed it was going to be a small plate and so also ordered another appetizer, plus we each got entrees, and then (since it was kind of a celebration outing) we piled on dessert, and although it was wonderful and worth it, I overstuffed myself. I would totally go back, for a regular night out, and just get the charcuterie plate to share and wine and dessert. Yum!

              Craftsman was also a great time. About a week after we went the article in Citypages came out about their chef who handmakes all the items on the plate. I really liked the cheesy crackers that came with it, which was more interesting for trying out the different flavors than with the usual bread. Since I gather the offerings change, I look forward to going back and trying it again later this summer.

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              1. re: AmandaAnn

                Just got back from Northern Waters Smokehaus and got some Salamani. This stuff is ridiculous. Get some before the secret is out. Although the secret is actually out as The owner won first prize at Batali's annual salami contest at Salumi in Seattle.

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                Northern Waters Smokehaus
                394 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802