Restaurant Report: The Cheese Plate
Menu: We’d make a meal out of Roquefort or Manchego any day, and the newly revamped Cheese Plate in Warren is the place to do it. The wine and cheese bar's varieties run the gamut, organized by region, country and even by animal. Order a smaller plate ($11-$18) which includes an ounce each of four selections, big enough to be greedy or share with a buddy. Or opt for a larger plate ($16-$27) for an extra half-ounce of each selection, suitable for two to four people. Plates come with darling dishes of dried apricots, honey and fig jam as well as sliced pears and candied nuts. They also have a soup of the day, a salad special and a charcuterie plate to pair with your cheeses, as well as desserts. Sip carefully curated reds and whites by the glass, or craft beers like Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA and Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout.
Don’t Miss: The New England Plate ($14-$21), a spectacular procurement of unripened goat cheese, chevre, two-year aged cheddar and blue cheese from all over New England. The Spanish plate’s star is the Murcia al Vino, made from goat milk, cured and washed in Murcia wine, then aged for seventy-five days.
Vibe: A glass cheese case greets you as soon as you walk in the door, so you can ogle those beauties before biting into them. Artwork from local artists adorns the walls, and there’s a cozy little nook with a couch, chairs and low table for relaxing with friends.
Why we like it: 1. Package your visit with a show at the 2nd Story Theatre for a pre- or post-theater snack, or sit down to wine and cheese after a day of perusing Warren’s cute shops and art galleries. 2. Servers are cheese geeks and they can tell you anything you've ever wanted to know about all varieties. 3. With advance notice, they can make cheese plates for your holiday party. 4. The backside of the menu offers more in-depth information on every cheese, including aging time, texture, regional details and flavor. 5. It’s a great first date spot because drinking wine and sharing a cheese plate requires much less commitment than dinner. 54 State St., Warren, 245-3932, thecheeseplateri.com -J.C.
Pictured: The New England Plate.