10 Best: Cheese-Centric Restaurants and Bars
For these ten restaurants and bars, cheese is not just an ingredient, it's the main event. From grilled cheese joints to superstar restaurants, we've got the list on where to go for meals dedicated to cheese.
1. Melt Bar and Grilled, Ohio, several locations
Beer and cheese united to form Melt Bar and Grilled, complete with an astonishing array of grilled cheese and craft beer. Up for a challenge? Try finishing the monster grilled cheese, a whopping 5 lb. sandwich of 13 cheeses.
2. Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro, New Haven, CT
Before his show on the Cooking Channel The Big Cheese, owner Jason Sobocinski's sole project was running Caseus Fromagerie and Bistro, his homage to cheese featuring items like poutine and a mac and cheese, which uses at least 10 different cheeses.
3. Artisanal Bistro, New York, NY
Fondue is so 2013. At Artisanal, they offer three kinds of melting goodness, with a selection of dunkable items. And if that wasn't enough, take a look at their insane cheese menu to round off a meal.
4.La Laiterie at Farmstead, Providence, RI
James Beard nominated chef Matt Jennings and his wife run a gourmet food shop and restaurant side by side, where they serve up locally sourced fare that showcases the best of New England. On the menu: A starter of strawberries, ricotta and arugula puree.
5. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, San Francisco, CA
Is it a church? A shrine? Nope, it's just the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. At the two beautiful loft-style locations in San Fran, you can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And what better way to sample the two best cheese eats than a mac and cheese grilled cheese?
6. Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA
From mega chefs Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali, Osteria Mozza is one of LA's best Italian restaurants. But the real draw here is the mozzarella bar, where you can taste still quivering buffalo mozzarella and burrata at this undeniably chic Melrose haunt.
7. Murray's Cheese Bar, New York, NY
At Murray's Cheese Bar, you can try any one of their cheeses from the famous shop, or you can go for delectable dishes like fried cheese curds served with buttermilk dressing. At this cheese bar, anything is possible.
8. Sidekick, San Francisco, CA
From the owners of Cowgirl Creamery comes Sidekick Cafe & Milk Bar, a take-out cafe adjacent to the Cowgirl cheese shop in the Ferry Building. You can either go savory or sweet, but don't forget to try a classic San Francisco Egg Cream.
9. Cheesetique, Alexandria, VA
Here, you can Immerse yourself in cheese heaven. Cheesetique is a cheese shop and restaurant, but also features cheese classes and events. At the restaurant, start off with the Fromage Fort, a fondue-like dish made from leftover bits of cheese from the cheese shop.
10. Beecher's Cafe, Seattle, WA
Proclaiming to have the "world's best mac and cheese" is a stretch, but Beecher's certainly comes close with their creation that incorporates their Flagship cheese. The Seattle airport location means you don't have to settle for McDonald's.
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