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An Ode to Cheese

September 6, 2013

Who doesn’t love cheese?

Whether it is a good cheddar, brie or gorgonzola, if you are looking for a good spot to satisfy a fromage hankering, dcist has brought these fine establishments to light…

CHEESETIQUE: Cheesetique, a self-proclaimed “cheese boutique”, is the place to go if you’re looking for a mind-boggling variety of cheese. With three hundred different varieties from around the world, you’re bound to find a wedge to love. Cheesemongers only slice to order, ensuring the freshest flavor. The store also stocks a mean collection of charcuterie and other snacks that play well with fromage. And perhaps most importantly, you can hit up the dining room for a menu built entirely around, what else, cheese. Nibble on a cheese plate and a glass of wine or opt for something heartier with an order of mac and cheese.

Cheesetique has locations in Del Ray (2411 Mount Vernon Avenue) and Shirlington (4056 Campbell Avenue).

CORK MARKET AND TASTING ROOM: Cork Market isn’t a stand-alone cheese shop, but it does stock all the ingredients needed to assemble the perfect cheese board. As the retail arm of Cork Wine Bar (1720 14th Street NW), the shop features wine from across the globe, as well as a tightly curated cheese counter and house-made charcuterie. Stop in for a gooey wheel of robiola (a ripened Italian sheep’s milk cheese) or a hunk of nutty, cave-aged gruyere, and stay for the baguettes, local honey, and other cheese board essentials.

Cork Market is located at 1805 14th Street NW.

COWGIRL CREAMERY: Cowgirl Creamery is the lone East Coast outpost of this California cheesemaking enterprise. The cozy shop offers a selection of its own delectable cheeses, including the decadent Red Hawk and the famously buttery Mt. Tam, a triple cream cow’s milk cheese. The folks behind the counter are always happy to help you find the right cheese, often via a free sample or two. Cowgirl also offers locally-sourced yogurt and milk, house-made sandwiches, and all manner of cheese accessories, from fancy herb crackers to dried fruit pastes. Stop in on Fridays from 4-6 p.m. for free wine and beer tastings and take home something lovely to sip with your cheese.

Cowgirl Creamery is located at 919 F Street NW.

LA FROMAGERIE: Despite its French name, La Fromagerie specializes in American artisan cheeses. The rotating selection features quite a few raw milk cheeses which are known to taste dramatically better than cheese made from pasteurized milk. (All that bacteria means funkier flavors.) La Fromagerie also stocks plenty of locally-produced cheeses, including items from Firefly Farms in Maryland and Pipe Dreams and Keswick Creamery in Pennsylvania. If you want to shop more leisurely, grab a table and a wine and cheese board before making your purchases. On Thursdays there’s even live blues music.

La Fromagerie is located at 1222 King Street in Alexandria, Va.

RIGHTEOUS CHEESE: Located inside Union Market, Righteous Cheese is a cheese counter that happens to also have a tiny 10-seat bar. The hanging menu board breaks daily cheese and drink selections down by type, or friendly cheesemongers are happy to offer further explanation and samples. You’ll typically find two or three varieties of goat, cow, sheep, and blue cheese, as well as wine and beer selections. In addition, Righteous Cheese carries about close to 100 different cheeses, cut to order, at their retail counter. Check out their monthly pairing classes for tips on how to match your favorite cheese to the appropriate beverage. This month’s class will cover the wine and cheese of Northern Italy.

Righteous Cheese is located inside Union Market at 1309 5th Street NE.

SOURCE: DCIST

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