Best cheese and charcuterie offered in a restaurant in Los Angeles -
- yummyinmytummy Aug 4, 2009 04:28 PM
Im thinking that is the perfect dinner. 5 types of cheese with the appropriate accoutrements same with the meat platter 5 -7 types. Good bread, wine. I would need other "tastes" too....downtown to West LA.
Tell me where to go!
Cube on La Brea just south of Melrose has an epic list of cheese and charcuterie. They serve their cheeses with a warm almost pita-like bread. They have a good list of charcuterie as well (really interesting selections - like wild boar and a lot from Salumi in Seattle). I think their wine list is exclusively Italian (but am not sure about this). It also has very good pasta and appetizers (the last time I went I had very solid appetizers of corn soup with bacon and a salad of burrata and peaches - in addition to cheese and meat).
It sounds like you want your meal to focus on cheese and meat, but if you were just looking for a good cheese cart, Patina and Providence have good cheese carts with a good variety of cheeses. I've also enjoyed the cheese plates at XIV (but the cheese really isn't the star of the show there - some might argue the ambience is).
AOC might be another candidate, but I've found the prices (for the same cheeses sometimes) and the selection to be better at Cube.
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I like Salute on Main in Santa Monica. You can either do the enomatic wine dispensers or order by the glass/bottle.
If you ever find yourself in Glendale, Palate would be a good place for you to try. Great wine selection, serious cheese, and their "porkfolio". Lots of other interesting "tastes" as well.
Los Angeles mags "Best Of" issue just came out, and Providence got voted best cheese plate. I have enjoyed the cheese plate at Church and State, and Hungry Cat. As for charcuterie...Bazaar has a nice selection, and there's a place at the Americana (I forget the name) that is supposed to have great charcuterie.
I believe Ford's Filling Station in Culver City has several selections of both cured meat and artisanal cheese.
Cube is a winner.
This is also one of the things Comme Ca does well.
The Foundry has a great cheese plate. But no charcuterie, I don't think.
In addition to those mentioned, Fig also does their charcuterie in-house and has a cheese bar. I had a really great chicken liver pate topped with chicken fat there when they first opened. The cheese cart and accompaniments at Bistro LQ two weeks ago looked lovely and given his love of organ meets, I would imagine he also does charcuterie in-house (note that Bistro LQ is currently BYOB).
I've not been in a while but Comme Ca had a marvelous selection of cheeses; I don't recall much about their charcuterie, though. Fraiche has both excellent charcuterie and a lovely selection of cheeses.
Cube is really special. In addition to their deep, off-the-beaten-track charcuterie, their entrees are terrific. Their wait staff is knowledgeable and patient. And the laid-back vibe makes it a winner all around.
Palate. They have a special room for cheese and charcuterie. Many house made pate jars of pork,liver,etc. Home made fruit (nectarine, etc. ) and vegetables preserves. Great wine selection ( and a wine shop as part of the restaurant).