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Cheese cart or dessert cart: you can only have one.

Veggo Aug 20, 2011 06:32 PM

This mouse will save a little room for the cheese. (Guess what I'm doing now!)

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    acgold7 Aug 20, 2011 06:42 PM

    To me they're synonymous. Cheese cart for me.

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      AnneMarieDear Aug 20, 2011 07:03 PM

      Cheese, absolutely.

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        sherriberry Aug 20, 2011 07:06 PM

        For me, dessert cart. I don't eat a lot of sweets, but after a nice dinner, I enjoy a litle bit of sweet.

        1. babette feasts Aug 20, 2011 07:28 PM

          That's not fair.

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            Billy33 Aug 20, 2011 07:38 PM

            Cheese for me.

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            1. re: Billy33
              betsydiver Aug 21, 2011 05:02 AM

              cheese, thank you

            2. chefathome Aug 20, 2011 07:42 PM

              Great question! Cheese for me as well absolutely.

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                racer x Aug 20, 2011 07:51 PM

                Must. Have. Dessert.

                (You can always arrange for something cheesy with the appetizer or the main course, if necessary. Can't do that with the desserts.)

                1. pikawicca Aug 20, 2011 07:52 PM

                  The only time I did both (at a 3 star in France) I almost died, so I'll stick to cheese, while DH goes for dessert. (For what it's worth, these "chariots" seem to be going the way of the dodo in France. Too bad.)

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                    wadejay26 Aug 20, 2011 08:14 PM

                    Cheese and a glass of port is dessert! Yum!

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                      three of us Sep 1, 2011 11:13 AM


                    2. Veggo Aug 20, 2011 08:18 PM

                      Score so far is 5-2- 1 cheese. Go, mice!

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                        jlhinwa Aug 20, 2011 08:18 PM


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                          Veggo Aug 20, 2011 08:28 PM

                          6 to 2, cheese, with one abstention.

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                          roundfigure Aug 20, 2011 08:24 PM

                          Cheese, please.

                          1. ipsedixit Aug 20, 2011 09:22 PM


                            I'd as soon munch on cheese as I would snort lines of rat poison.

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                              pikawicca Aug 20, 2011 09:26 PM

                              Whoa, that's harsh. Did someone shove cheese down your throat in your youth? (You sound like my son who would die before eating cheese -- or any dairy, for that matter.)

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                                ipsedixit Aug 20, 2011 09:28 PM

                                Aside from pizza, and maybe one or two other exceptions, I just don't like cheese.

                                Not on burgers.
                                Not on fries.
                                Not on sandwiches.
                                Not on pasta.
                                Not on anything really, except pizza.

                            2. babette feasts Aug 20, 2011 10:11 PM

                              If I have reason to believe dessert is going to be fantastic, then dessert. If dessert seems uninspired, then cheese.

                              1. mariacarmen Aug 20, 2011 10:53 PM

                                cheese cheese cheese, no contest whatsoever.

                                1. TheHuntress Aug 21, 2011 12:05 AM

                                  Dessert for me because I don't like cheese. Yes, I know, infathomable to most, but I just don't like it.

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                                    Harters Aug 21, 2011 04:19 AM


                                    If it is a trolley in a place that seems as though it knows how to keep cheese properly, then cheese it is. Unfortunately, too few places (at least, outside of France) keep cheese at a proper state of ripeness and condition. Assuming you're not eating right at the beginning (when it might still be over chilled), you can often get a good look when it's served to othe diners and make a decision.

                                    I'm not big on desserts so will happily leave them out even if not faced with the selection challenge of the OP.

                                    1. Gio Aug 21, 2011 04:57 AM

                                      Formaggio per me per favore.

                                      1. Peg Aug 21, 2011 05:24 AM

                                        Cheese 99.99% of the time, but on rare occasions something looks/sounds good enough to risk ending on a sweet note.

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                                          ultimatepotato Aug 21, 2011 05:34 AM


                                          1. Delucacheesemonger Aug 21, 2011 05:51 AM

                                            As my handle would imply, cheese.

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                                              magiesmom Aug 21, 2011 06:01 AM

                                              cheese if the choices are good and it is well handled.

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                                                rorycat Aug 21, 2011 06:31 AM

                                                Definitely cheese, but I second what Harters said.

                                                A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a fabulous and memorable meal at L'Espalier, where I had the opportunity to have both. I'd be hard pressed to choose between the two if ever I have the opportunity to return to that lovely restaurant.

                                                1. FoodFuser Aug 21, 2011 08:18 AM

                                                  This dilemma is answered with absolute ease.
                                                  Postprandial delight derives best from good cheese.

                                                  At photo time, you'll never hear the phrase "Say dessert!"
                                                  What brings the best smile is when we all holler "Cheese!!!"

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                                                    Veggo Aug 21, 2011 08:52 AM

                                                    As the OP of this quandary, I shouldn't waffle
                                                    and my penchant for souflee is awful.
                                                    But the camemberts and bries
                                                    pass my gullet with such ease
                                                    I regret that others find it barfel.

                                                    1. re: Veggo
                                                      FoodFuser Aug 22, 2011 05:33 PM

                                                      We cheesers must be careful that we never never castigate
                                                      those desserters who drool for their cart, and its chocolate.

                                                      I prefer casein, aged and pressed deep in caves
                                                      but I give room to souffle-ers and their sweet laden faves.

                                                      I keep mind that the planer that I use to shave cheese
                                                      can also be used to give good curls of chocolate.

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                                                      NellyNel Sep 1, 2011 06:29 AM

                                                      God, you are adorable!

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                                                      lcool Aug 21, 2011 09:42 AM

                                                      a last minute choice

                                                      assuming the selection and condition are equal CHEESE

                                                      1. linguafood Aug 21, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                        easy. cheese for me, dessert for my man. then we share.

                                                        1. meatn3 Aug 21, 2011 09:52 AM

                                                          9 times out of 10 I'd go with cheese. If I ever worked in a cheese shop I would become large enough for yet another horrid reality series of excesses...

                                                          Plus, I am usually completely happy with a small nibble from my dining companions dessert - taken strictly to be able to report fully about the experience on CH!

                                                          1. chowser Aug 21, 2011 09:56 AM

                                                            Dessert. Though, as I get older, I'm losing my sweet tooth and preferring savory so asked me in a couple of years. Cheesecake--best of both worlds?

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                                                              montrealeater Aug 21, 2011 03:05 PM

                                                              cheese, cheese, cheese, cheese, cheese, CHEESE!

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                                                                Veggo Aug 21, 2011 03:29 PM

                                                                Score so far: 21 cheese, 5 dessert, 3 undecided. I didn't expect it would be such a cheese rout. Could be a type 2 statistical sampling error. Fun nevertheless.

                                                                1. re: Veggo
                                                                  racer x Aug 22, 2011 07:11 AM

                                                                  Tis surprising.

                                                                  Wonder why such a breakdown.
                                                                  Is it that those here who are saying cheese do not like desserts much in general?
                                                                  Or just that the desserts they usually encounter on dessert carts are boring or are not desserts that they like?
                                                                  Or that they are starved for good cheeses?
                                                                  Or is it that they just love cheese that much?

                                                                  1. re: racer x
                                                                    montrealeater Aug 22, 2011 11:33 AM

                                                                    I love dessert, but nothing touches my cheeseaholism. If the cheese was crap and the dessert looked great, I'd go for the dessert. And no sharing, people who try to share my dessert get stabbed with a fork.

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                                                                azveggieguy Aug 21, 2011 05:34 PM

                                                                whichever one has the cheesecake

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                                                                  Kelli2006 Aug 21, 2011 06:42 PM

                                                                  Cheese. It isn't even a question.

                                                                  I cant remember the last time that I ordered dessert in a restaurant,mostly because I don't have a sweet tooth right after a savory course and very few places bake their own products any more.

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                                                                    Rick Aug 21, 2011 06:55 PM

                                                                    Dessert for me, not even close. I'm surprised by how many are responding with the cheese cart yet I can't remember the last time I've been offered cheese after dinner in a restaurant.

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                                                                    1. re: Rick
                                                                      Harters Aug 22, 2011 02:26 AM

                                                                      You're not in Europe then, Rick? :-)

                                                                      I can't recall the last time cheese wasnt offered amongst the desserts or as a separate course ("ethnic" places excepted, of course) - although it is rare to see a trolley.

                                                                      1. re: Harters
                                                                        mariacarmen Aug 22, 2011 07:39 AM

                                                                        most nicer restaurants offer a cheese selection, at least in SF.

                                                                        i will only have dessert if with my girlfriends who all love sweets. then i'll share what they order.

                                                                        1. re: Harters
                                                                          Rick Aug 22, 2011 07:41 AM

                                                                          Nope, not in Europe! I will say that when we were in Ireland earlier this year we had some fantastic cheeses! We made a lunch of bread, cheese, and olives more than once!

                                                                      2. kubasd Aug 21, 2011 07:20 PM

                                                                        Hmmmm..... let me think..... Oh wait, silly me! CHEESE

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                                                                          kerosundae Aug 22, 2011 02:34 AM

                                                                          uninteresting cheese or uninteresting dessert:

                                                                          mid-level cheese or dessert:

                                                                          amazing cheese or amazing dessert:

                                                                          1. BobB Aug 22, 2011 07:16 AM

                                                                            Tough call. I'd have to say cheese most of the time, but dessert if they're really good and not too big. My local bistro offers a few cheeses but also tiny (2 - 3 bite) desserts for $3, so sometimes I'll get both.

                                                                            1. thew Aug 22, 2011 07:45 AM

                                                                              i almost never have the cheese cart. i love cheese, but thats not the situation i like it in. so dessert...

                                                                              1. DuchessNukem Aug 22, 2011 07:51 AM

                                                                                Cheese for meeees.

                                                                                My savory fang always trumps my sweet tooth.

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                                                                                  INDIANRIVERFL Aug 22, 2011 08:01 AM

                                                                                  Depends. On a first date or in a diner, home made pie.

                                                                                  Upscale coat and tie with a friend, always the cheese.

                                                                                2. alliegator Aug 22, 2011 08:49 AM

                                                                                  Cheese! I just very cheesy :D

                                                                                  1. Miss Needle Aug 22, 2011 11:08 AM

                                                                                    I'm really surprised by the overwhelming majority for cheese. Almost every place I know carries dessert. My vote is still for dessert (even though I'm losing my sweet tooth as I'm getting older). I really don't like to go through the trouble of making or keeping dessert at home. It's easy for me to go to the store and pick up some great cheeses. And I like ending my meal on a sweet note.

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                                                                                      racer x Aug 22, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                                                      I feel the same, Miss Needle. Depending on where you live, it's easy to go buy some amazing cheeses and have them at home whenever you like. Not so with some of the finer desserts.

                                                                                    2. gingershelley Aug 22, 2011 11:16 AM

                                                                                      I would take the cheese cart, especially since you said 'cart' not tray. This takes me back to the 3 macaron resto's my BF and I have visited in France and spain... the cheese selections are so lovely, and many I cannot get in Seattle (too perishable, or hard to find handled properly).
                                                                                      Plus, I can count on after the cheese cart, I can at least look forward to Mignardises:)! Tiny desserts that come without ordering - so I get both! Yeah!

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                                                                                        jujuthomas Aug 22, 2011 11:36 AM

                                                                                        Dessert, since I'm not a huge fan of cheese. :)

                                                                                        1. lilgi Aug 22, 2011 06:15 PM

                                                                                          Dessert, please.

                                                                                          1. NellyNel Sep 1, 2011 06:40 AM

                                                                                            I LOVE cheese, LOVE it, and I don't have much of a sweet tooth. During the course of the day - I will choose cheese as a snack over something sweet nine times out of ten.

                                                                                            However, after eating a lovely meal which is probably mostly savory food, I will always choose to have something sweet. I feel it tops off the meal nicely.

                                                                                            When I lived in the UK, we would have cheese AFTER dessert.

                                                                                            (Yeah, I gained allot of weight living there!)

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