There’s a lot to love about cheese, but one of its most endearing qualities is its ability to bridge the gap between sweet and savory palates. For those who prefer to dine on the salty side, cheese can be nutty and briny atop savory crackers and salads, and it’d be hard to find something that pairs better with charcuterie. For those with a sweet tooth, cheese goes remarkable well with fruit compote, jam, graham cracker crusts, and, of course, chocolate. In short, cheese could be Ms. Universe if the competition were open to food. But all too often, this universal equalizer is relegated to a melted topping, a sprinkling atop a salad, or stringed trade-fodder for grade school lunchtimes. Cheese deserves some more respect, and luckily, a lot of places in Portland are willing to give the good stuff its due.
A true Portland institution, Paley's is a must-try for any PDX foodie or visitor. Try the housemade charcuterie with a glass of Pinot Noir or the sweetbreads with artichoke hearts.
Chic PDX institution gets makeover in 2011 from Spago alum Thomas Boyce. The result? A modern menu worthy of the impeccable decor and service. Try the happy hour!
The artisan cheese plate at this unassuming Vancouver restaurant is small but mighty. Three rotating selections of hard-to-find cheeses are paired with a slice of almond date cake and plenty of apples for $9.50. At Happy Hour? The price plummets to $6.
This upscale-industrial spot serves up a killer cheese plate, and its a go-to spot for business lunches. Try the farm-fresh salads or the tagliatelle with lamb ragù.
Home of the bone luge! Epic burger and charcuterie plate in wine-lover's paradise. Nearly 100 wines on tap, great cocktails. Get the 5 course tasting menu for the full effect.
No list of Portland’s best cheese plates would be complete without a mention of Steve Jones’ dairy dreamland on SE Belmont. If there’s a good cheese selection anywhere in the city, there’s a good chance Jones had his hands on the wedges before they arrived at the restaurant.
While chefs Morris Fenton and Gwyn Manney may be known for their carefully crafted tasting menus at this Camas eatery—one of Food & Wine Magazine’s 2011 Best New Suburban Restaurants —they certainly love their cheese, too.
Amazing steaks, despite the rather campy atmosphere. Try the Cheese Cart! Fromager Lindsey Walton has curated a top-notch list of a dozen cheese selections, complete with accessible and engaging table-side service.