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Cheese Plate...where's the love?

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. 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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    1. re: Fake Name

      Ditto - a second for Taste Cheese.

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

    2. 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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      1. re: cstr

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: MrKrispy

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

          1. re: ferret

            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

            1. re: DiningDiva

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

              1. re: Gypsy Jan

                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.

                1. re: Tripeler

                  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..
                  ; )

                      1. re: Beach Chick

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

                        1. re: cstr

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

                          1. re: Beach Chick

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

                            And doubtless a big 'ol slab of tofu.

                            1. re: Fake Name

                              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..

                              ; )

            2. re: ferret

              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.

              1. re: ferret

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

              2. 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.

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

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

                  3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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

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

                    Costa Brava
                    1653 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

                    3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

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

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

                      1. 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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                        1. re: 4wino

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

                        2. 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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                          1. re: wrldtrvl

                            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.

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

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

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

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                              1. re: steveprez

                                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.

                                Kensington Grill
                                4055 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

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