5 to Try: Cheese Plates

Whether it's just a nibble to enhance the Cab-Franc you just splurged on, or a decidedly decadent, creamy dinner for two, sometimes a great cheese plate is just the ticket. Based on a criteria of price, selection and originality (we love a surprising smoked gouda), our editors rounded up 5 of the best cheese plates in San Diego.

Updated: July 09, 2009

5 to Try: Cheese Plates


3175 India St, San Diego, CA 92102

What we love most about Starlite's cheese plate is that it's always different: A wedge of mild colorouge from Venissimo one day, a pungent bleu the next, and always some interesting fruit garnishes like kumquat or cranberries.

Cafe Chloe

721 Ninth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Sure it's a bit pricey at $20, but we love Chloe's sophisticated cheese plate presentation on a marble pedestal with real silver spreaders. Honey comb, almonds and seasonal accoutrements make it extra special.

Venissimo Cheese

754 W Washington, San Diego, CA 92103

The self-proclaimed "cheese heads" here will customize a cheese plate for any size party. Just be sure to get in touch at least a week or so in advance, as the secret is out about this venerable cheese shop tucked away in Mission Hills.

Extraordinary Desserts

1430 Union St, San Diego, CA 92101

In a shop where sweets are king, sometimes it's that one savory bite that really helps balance the experience. Enter the Extraordinary Desserts cheese plate. It's always simple--usually a creamy brie, a nutty Italian crumbler and something smoked--and perfect for pairing with chocolate.

Tre Porcellini Italian Restaurant And Wine Bar

1417 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

We love Chris Walsh's entire small plates menu, but the cheese course really stands out with a garnish of fig paste, French burnt walnuts and seasonal fruit. At $13, it's the perfect share plate for two with a glass of wine.