by Kika Davis - 0 Reviews - 7 List
In making a list of the best cheese plates in LA, we've come to this conclusion: We like it all. We want tart and creamy, spreadable, edible and yes, with fruit ... both fresh and dried, please. Add saltiness with capers and artichoke hearts, and for a little crunch, almonds and crackers. Wrap it all up with a glass of wine, and you've got perfection. We. Just. Die!
Updated: September 08, 2010
A cheese course is offered on most tasting menus at Providence, arguably LA's most beloved seafood restaurant, so expect it whether or not you're a cheese head. The selection is eminently respectable. Of course, the usual accompaniments of nuts and fruit are offered, but what puts it above the rest is the tableside cutting, which allows for each slice served to have its perfect moment.
AOC has made a name for itself in LA with its interesting (and extensive) wine menu, as well as the variety of cheeses it has to offer. Best of all, you can choose from the list of beyond-standard accompaniments like quince paste, bacon and Marcona almonds.
BLD's cheese plate is definitely one of the best deals in LA. In addition to the cheese, the platter comes with all sorts of goodies like toasted raisin walnut bread, fig cake, quince paste, fresh fruits and spiced Marcona almonds. Come often, because the selections change frequently.
One of our favorite wine bars, BottleRock, offers up the perfect complement to the extensive wine list: delicious cheese plates. They come in four different options: three for $11, five for $15, seven for $21, and ten for $30 (though, we'd suggest you leave the last one to the professionals, like Joey Chestnut). And like their wine list, all plates are structured to encourage exploration.
It's easy to see why Cube made our list when you take a gander at their cheese menu, which usually clocks in with somewhere around 80 options. That would be overwhelming for anyone, except for your friendly server who will hand-pick three for just the right creamy end to your meal, complete with extras like dried currants and a spoonful of caramel.
Chef Becerra earned his stripes at Patina, one of the only restaurants with a dedicated fromageur, so no wonder he respects the cheese. In fact, Palate has what it calls a "cheese cellar." The menu regularly features over 50 artisanal cheeses from all over the world, ensuring even the pickiest eaters will find something sublime for their cheese plates.
Fine cheese is best enjoyed in a rarefied environment, don't you think? Even if not, there's no arguing with the 70+ choices on the fromage menu at this Downtown LA classic. Patina's cheese menu reads like a travelogue to the world's most delicious places. Not surprising considering it was pioneered by Andrew Steiner, cheese master and owner of his own eponymous cheese shop in Santa Monica.