Top 5 Cheese Plates in Houston
Chef John Sheely has received much praise for his wonderful cheese selections at Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar. Head to the bar during happy hour, order a glass of wine, and choose three or five cheeses from the fromage menu. The cheeses available vary on occasion, but you always have incredible choices. Current offerings include Challerhocker, a semi-firm pasteurized cow's milk cheese from Switzerland; Smoke Blue, a raw cow's milk blue cheese smoked over Oregon hazelnut shells; and, of course, Veldhuizen Redneck Cheddar infused with Shiner Black beer from Texas. Each plate comes with a sweet and sticky fig jam, local honey and candied pecans -- you can't go wrong pairing cheese with something sweet. Throw in some charcuterie, such as house-made pâté, smoked duck breast or serrano ham, as well.
Photo by Molly Dunn This cheese tray has so many components, but they all work so well together.
2. Adair Kitchen
The Kitchen Cheese Plate at Adair Kitchen constantly changes, and that's not a bad thing. The daily cheese selections are paired with thin slices of delicate prosciutto, sweet grapes (and sometimes other slices of fruit), seasonal preserves and honey. Sometimes you'll be served crumbly blue cheese with hard cheddar, or soft goat cheese with creamy Brie. Spread honey or preserves on the thin, crispy cracker bread, then top with a slice of cheese (any selection works) and a thin slice of prosciutto for the perfect bite. No matter which cheese is offered, everything on the platter pairs excellently. Order the half platter if you're splitting with another person, or opt for the full platter if you have a bunch of hungry diners in your party.
Photo by Molly Dunn Ask for more bread with the cheese plate at The Grove.
1. The Grove
The Grove is always packed during the evenings, especially on weekends. But if you don't have a reservation, don't sweat it. Grab a seat at the bar, order something to drink and share a cheese plate with your friends. Each local cheese selection costs $5, but the amount is perfect for two to share. Choose from pasteurized Deep Ellum Blue cheese from Dallas; soft, pasteurized Pure Luck Goat Cheese from Dripping Springs; Birdville Reserve from Grandbury; and three types of cheddar: raw Brazos Valley, raw Horseradish Pecan White and semi-firm, raw Veldhuizen Texas Gold from Dublin. For a filling plate, choose three cheeses, such as the blue, goat and Brazos Valley Cheddar. The pieces of toast are brushed with olive oil; create a salty-sweet-savory bite by spreading the pear mostarda or honey on the toast, followed by a slice of creamy goat or zippy cheddar. Ask for more bread to make a meal out of the cheese plate.