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Best cheese course?

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Which places have the best cheese? I have an out-of-town guest coming who loves cheese BEFORE we order our meal, then more afterward. Strange, yes, but I am drawing a blank beyond August and Revolution. Thanks!

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  1. I like the cheese selection at Delachaise, but that might not be what you had in mind.

    1. I just googled it and Bayona came up.

      1. If you have a hard core cheese lover in your midst, go to St. James Cheese Company on Prytania: http://www.stjamescheese.com/ You can have an entire meal based around cheese, and their selection is fantastic.

        1. Downtown there's Bacchanal -- they have a reasonable selection and plate it up nicely. The one downside to Bacchanal's cheeses is their being stored in the fridge until they're plated. It takes a while to get them up to temp (something that never happens satisfactorily when it's not warm out).

          Maurepas Foods has less of a selection but it's always well chosen and the right temperature. Likewise Mariza.

          Faubourg Wine is a nice spot for an after dinner bottle and bit of cheese. I suppose one could argue that sitting in the window on St. Claude watching the world go by isn't for everyone. I like it though.

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          1. re: montuori

            I left out an important part, sorry: I need a high-end restaurant with said excellent cheese plate. I bring the killer wine, he springs for the expensive food. All good suggestions for a more casual setting, appreciate them!

            1. re: sanglier

              I am anxious to hear the responses. I gave up on cheese after dinner years ago because there was so little call for it the house had little reason to stock anything really good. Antoine's used to have some decent stuff and you could take some in occasionally but I have not bothered to try in ages.

              1. re: sanglier

                Cafe Degas has a nice cheese plate, but I don't know if it's high-end enough for your needs.