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Beach Chick Mar 28, 2011 12:43 PM

Love Love Love me a good cheese plate..
Why aren't there more of these delicate morsels of aged beauties on every menu..
Why are they at the bottom of the menu, instead up top, where the app's are?
Where's your fave's in SD?

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  1. Fake Name Mar 28, 2011 01:26 PM

    Easy! http://tastecheese.com/ Great folks, used to have a retail shop on University in Hillcrest, now at Farmers Markets near you!

    Say hi to Mary, tell her Fake Name says hello.

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      cgfan Jun 22, 2011 11:11 PM

      Ditto - a second for Taste Cheese.

      (...and tell Mary cgfan says hi!)

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      cstr Mar 28, 2011 01:44 PM

      Hey BC, one reason that you may find cheese selections at the bottom of the menu, is that, like in Europe, cheese courses are a part of dessert with maybe some fruit, nuts, cookies and, of course, wine.! Linkery has some nice selections.

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        camilles Mar 28, 2011 01:47 PM

        Yes! I love cheese for dessert. Had a very tasty plate for dessert at Tom Ham's Lighthouse at a Restaurant Week preview dinner. Way too much cheese for one girl to eat after a whole dinner, but it was good.

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          cstr Mar 28, 2011 01:49 PM

          Shoulda made it a CH event!

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        MrKrispy Mar 28, 2011 02:22 PM

        Cheese plates probably aren't nearly as profitable as truffle fries and flat breads, and I learned in Restaurants for Dummies that you put the easy money stuff at the top of the menu.

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          cstr Mar 28, 2011 03:40 PM

          Agree about the profitability however, usually when I order a cheese plate assortment, I'm good for an additional bottle of wine.

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          ferret Mar 28, 2011 03:42 PM

          You're in the wrong town....

          http://www.bin36.com/library/BIN36Che...

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            DiningDiva Mar 28, 2011 03:46 PM

            You're right. $23.50 for a cheese plate with 6 cheeses wouldn't fly in San Diego, heck it wouldn't even make it to the taxiway at that price point

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              Gypsy Jan Mar 28, 2011 04:47 PM

              I like my cheese wth whine -- Two Buck Chuck. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

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                Tripeler Mar 28, 2011 04:56 PM

                Actually, I think cheese is better with beer, or sparkling wine. The carbonation keeps everything in motion.
                Although, Two Buck Chuck DOES make me whine.

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                  Beach Chick Mar 28, 2011 05:26 PM

                  I call 2 buck chuck my 'war wine'...only in a disaster or acts of war, will I drink it..need something to party with when the world is ending...gotta get some cheese to go with that..
                  ; )

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                    DiningDiva Mar 28, 2011 05:29 PM

                    Soft or stinky?

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                      Beach Chick Mar 28, 2011 06:03 PM

                      stinky stinky stinky

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                        cstr Mar 29, 2011 07:10 AM

                        If you like veined cheeses, they pair well with the bubbly.

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                          Beach Chick Mar 29, 2011 07:54 AM

                          perfect dinner for me is a bottle of Veuve and chunk of aged bleu..

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                            Fake Name Mar 29, 2011 08:06 AM

                            "perfect dinner for me is a bottle of Veuve and chunk of aged bleu.."

                            And doubtless a big 'ol slab of tofu.

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                              Beach Chick Mar 29, 2011 08:13 AM

                              No tofu...really don't like the stuff unless its all gussied up with spices, fried and done in a stir fry with lots of veggies and brown rice..

                              ; )

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              shouzen Mar 28, 2011 09:34 PM

              Ooh, I used to love Bin 36 when we lived in Chicago... actually I guess I still do! Their cheeses are very well kept indeed.

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                smile81 Mar 30, 2011 10:40 AM

                love bin 36! san diego is definitely missing this type of place

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                TXGSD Mar 28, 2011 07:02 PM

                No need to limit yourself to just one plate when you can have the whole cheese bar at Bice downtown: http://www.bicesandiego.com/menu_chee.... Certainly for a regionally specific offering, among the best cheese selctions I've had here or elsewhere in the U.S.

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                  Ewilensky Mar 28, 2011 07:35 PM

                  Urban Solace started serving a decent cheese plate. Linkery is good too.

                  Psst - the best ones are the ones you make yourself. ;-)

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                  Linkery
                  3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                  Urban Solace Restaurant
                  3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

                  1. globocity Mar 28, 2011 08:46 PM

                    Nine-Ten, Starlite, Costa Brava. I'm loving Manchego these days.

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                    Costa Brava
                    1653 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

                    Starlite
                    3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

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                      daantaat Mar 28, 2011 09:28 PM

                      Cafe Chloe. almost ordered it again for dessert! comes w/ honeycomb too.

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                      Cafe Chloe
                      721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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                        4wino Mar 28, 2011 10:21 PM

                        I would suggest a blue cheese with a nice glass of Port wine. Delicious!!! A soft cheese with a glass of Champagne. And maybe a nice strong hard cheese with a glass of Cabernet or red Bordeaux.

                        Of course, this would make a $20 cheese plate closer to a $50 cheese/wine dinner. I would have no problems just going with the cheese/wine dinner and nothing else.

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                          Beach Chick Mar 29, 2011 04:03 AM

                          Love your line up on Bordeaux, Port and Champagne along with the cheeses to go with them!

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                          wrldtrvl Mar 29, 2011 11:47 AM

                          Some chevre stuffed into pepperdaws.
                          Machego with quince slices.
                          St. Andre or the like on gingersnaps
                          Blue d'auvergne wrapped with a pear slice in prosciutto
                          Camembert on those little nut/dried fruit crostinis from Trader Joes

                          Sounds like a meal. I save myself money and disappointment by doing something like the above every once and a while at home....

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                            ian langdon Apr 2, 2011 10:41 PM

                            I used to really (no really) like the Rembrandt gouda that is sold at Costco. But like a lot of items it appears the quality has fallen off. I still buy it out of habit.

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                            pine time Apr 8, 2011 03:01 PM

                            Try the cheese plate at the Wine Barrel in R.B.--nice selections and generous servings.

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                              steveprez May 3, 2011 06:22 AM

                              Two places that do very good cheese plates are Kitchen 1540 and the Blind Lady Ale House. They both do nice charcuterie as well.

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                              Blind Lady Ale House
                              3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA

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                                ForkDork May 3, 2011 10:04 AM

                                My favorite cheese plates are from Cafe Chloe and Kensington Grill. Both come with accompaniments that make the cheese sing! Honeycomb is a must have with any truffle cheese. A good manchego and some quince ... it's like eating a grown up PB&J.

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                                Kensington Grill
                                4055 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

                                Cafe Chloe
                                721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

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