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Eat Right: 10 Great Cheese Plates

 Shelley Mann Eat Right: 10 Great Cheese PlatesCheese Plate at Wine Bistro — Photo by Walker Evans.
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A restaurant’s cheese plate can convey a lot about the personality of the restaurant. Maybe it shows off imported cheeses vs. Ohio-sourced selections, or perhaps the chef takes great pleasure in selecting just the right accompaniments and presentation. Here are 10 cheese plates worth seeking out around Columbus.

263 E. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43206
Barcelona’s cheese boards are fun because you can mix and match from a large variety of Spanish cheeses, sausages and cured meats. The menu offers detailed tasting notes for each cheese, which makes selecting super fun.

520 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
At Downtown’s new dinner-and-a-show hotspot, the Farmhouse Cheese & Artisan Meat Board is a showstopper. Along with fancy meats and cheeses, you’ll get mixed olives, spiced pecans, flatbread crackers and a fruit mostarda.

475 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215
Throwing a party? You’ll love the cheese board options available on Katzinger’s catering menu. Try the Deluxe Cheese Board featuring five best-selling cheeses alongside fresh fruit, crackers and baguette; or the Savory Cheese Board with five artisan cheeses, dried fruit, spiced nuts, baguettes and crackers.

12 W. Bridge St., Dublin, OH 43017
Mezzo’s excellent cheese board comes with a nice variety of hard and soft cheeses, including grana padano, tellagio, manchego and blacksticks blue, plus accompaniments like castelvetrano olives, figs, quince paste and toasted baguette.

4740 Reed Rd., Upper Arlington, OH 43220
At Nicola, Chef Bedalli’s cheese board, the Tagliere di Formagi, is overflowing with imported Italian cheeses, walnuts, infused honey and a fig reduction.

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
21190 State Route 374, Logan, OH 43138
For the seasonal menu at Kindred Spirits, Chef Anthony Schulz is doing a retro take on the cheese plate appetizer. His Wisconsin Cheese Ball & Tapenade Basket is served with flatbread, crackers and crostini.

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
1092 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43220
The Refectory’s Ohio Salumi Board is a great example of how the classic French restaurant celebrates local sourcing. Expect Ohio cheeses served with locally cured artisan meats, caramelized fennel, whole grain mustard and a grape-and-cranberry compote.

Rockmill Tavern
503 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215
Rockmill brewer Matthew Barbee long served his Belgian-style beers down on his Lancaster farm alongside a board of carefully selected cheeses and chocolates, so it’s no surprise the cheese board at the new Rockmill Tavern restaurant in the Brewery District is superb. Chef Andrew Smith’s Cheese and Charcuterie Board features a rotating selection with beer pairings.

Vino Vino
1371 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
The flavors of Vino Vino’s current seasonal cheese plate feel perfect for the cold weather. The Brie & Blue Cheese Plate is accented with fresh pears and pecans.

The Wine Bistro
Locations in Clintonville, Upper Arlington, Westerville & Worthington
Cheese lovers can go one of two ways at The Wine Bistro. The Artisanal Cheese Board is a classic creation filled with artisan cheeses, fresh fruits, warm baguette and orange marmalade, while the Melted Fondue Trio boasts three fondue flavors for dipping—Brie and Chablis, Emmenthaler and Sauvignon Blanc, and New York cheddar and port.

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