Charcuterie and cheese boards are fancy dinner staples. Here’s where to find the best ones, ranging in price from $6 to $24+.
The best presentation goes to… 5Church
The artisanal meats, cheeses and spreads come complete with flowers, because why not? $16
The best bang for your buck goes to… The Broken Spoke
The distillery’s food menu doesn’t disappoint and offers multiple boards, including the Spoke Board (pickles, preserves, $11) and a ham and cheese board (pictured). It comes with multiple cheeses, hams, preserves like apple butter and toast for $24.
The best mix-and-match option goes to… The Cellar at Duckworth’s
The mix-and-match, create-your-own boards include both artisanal cheese and meat. Choose anywhere from 3 to 5 items including Challerhocker, Chocolate Lab and 26-month old gouda cheeses and serrano ham, wild boar and smoked prosciutto. $15-$22
The best on-budget board goes to… Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop
The small but focused menu shines, but shines especially brightly when it comes to the boards. The charcuterie includes olives and prosciutto while the cheese board has two local cheeses with fruit. Both come with locally baked bread, and both are half-price every Wednesday night ($6, 5-7 p.m.).
The best off-budget option goes to… The Cellar at Corkbuzz
The $29 mixed board sees The Cellar’s chef choose the best of both meats and cheeses offered that day. Options include salami, paté, terrine and artisanal cheeses from the individual boards (both $18).
The best board to eat outside goes to… Dilworth Tasting Room
The charcuterie board is exactly what you’d expect with the usual meats and cheeses, but go on a cool night for the patio.
Most likely to make you do a double-take goes to… The Improper Pig
The Improper Charcuterie comes piled high with pulled pork, brisket, ribs, andouille, pimento cheese, coleslaw, house chips and pickled onions. Holy meat sweats. $18
Best board to eat on a rocking chair and watch life go by goes to… The Summit Room
The build-your-own board starts from the ground up with a selection of cheeses ($6 each) and meat additions ($5-$6 per).
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