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Where to Find an Epic Cheese Plate in Toronto

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The time has come to welcome back fall. In addition to eating pumpkin-flavored everything, it's also the perfect time to indulge in some cozy up with a good drink and some cheese. In search of the perfect cheese plate? Here's a guide to help you get your fix, no matter what part of town you're in.


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Union offers a rotating selection of cheese, ranging from a local Morbier from Quebec to a 24-month aged Comte from the Swiss and French Alps. Their choices change weekly, but you can expect your cheese board to come with an accompaniment of local honey and fresh peaches to compliment your selection.

Skin + Bones

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While closed on Mondays, Skin + Bones is sure to satisfy even the cheesiest of appetites every other day of the week. Their rotating cheese options usually include a funky bleu like the Roaring Forties Blue from Tasmania, local finds like the Waltzing Matilda made from water buffalo milk in Ontario, and an international choice like the Testun di Barolo from Piedmont, Italy. Your selection of 3 will come with raw honeycomb, poached apricots, berry preserve, and fresh sliced apples. In the mood for more than just cheese? Try their four-course chef’s tasting menu, available every day for $35.

Drake One Fifty

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Stop by Drake One Fifty’s weekday happy hour between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and have a $5 Grolsch to wash down your samplings of cheese. Choose from Le Bouquetin – a creamy Quebec goat cheese, a mild Delice from France, Bleu Elizabeth – made from raw cow’s milk in Quebec, a nutty French Mimolette, or a floral Le Marechal from Switzerland. Your choice of 1, 3, or 5 will be complimented by a house-made apricot jam, a tri-seed crunch, and walnut crisps.

Czehoski

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Czehoski’s locally-sourced menu and unique décor makes it a favorite among farm-t0-table lovers in Queen Street West. Check them out on Wednesdays for their half-priced wine night and pick a bottle to compliment their selection of Swiss and French Gruyeres and local brees accompanied by a fruit compote, antipasto, and fresh-baked bread from Ace Bakery.

Nota Bene

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While the sweets on Note Bene’s dessert menu may be tempting, our eyes instantly focus on the their selection of artisanal cheese. Local choices like the Chevre Noir and Le Douanier, both from Canada, or international selections like a French Brillat-Savarin or a Boschetoo al Tartufo from Italy are served with dried fruit and a nut panforte.

Bar Isabel

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This Little Italy eatery is great for tapas and Spanish cuisine. Their cheese selection is rotated seasonally and usually offers a choice of about 11 local, Spanish, and international cheeses. Their current menu includes a Zamorano, and Torta de Dehesa from Spain, as well as a Dutch Chevre Grand Affineur. Order their tailor-made tasting, a menu of small plates created just for you. [Photo]

Cava Restaurant

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Cava’s menu celebrates the flavors of the Iberian Peninsula in small plates complimented by a carefully chosen wine list. Their cheese plate offers a selection of 3 from a menu of Iberian and Italian cheeses, as well as a couple of locals like a Toscana from Sratford, Ontario. Acompaniments like spiced quince jelly, marcona almonds, and fig and walnut bread come with.

The Black Hoof

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Known for it’s nose-to-tail offerings including Horse Tartare and Foie & Waffles 2.0, it’s no surprise the charcuterie and cheese boards at this spot knock it out of the park. [Photo]

UNION

Union offers a rotating selection of cheese, ranging from a local Morbier from Quebec to a 24-month aged Comte from the Swiss and French Alps. Their choices change weekly, but you can expect your cheese board to come with an accompaniment of local honey and fresh peaches to compliment your selection.

Skin + Bones

While closed on Mondays, Skin + Bones is sure to satisfy even the cheesiest of appetites every other day of the week. Their rotating cheese options usually include a funky bleu like the Roaring Forties Blue from Tasmania, local finds like the Waltzing Matilda made from water buffalo milk in Ontario, and an international choice like the Testun di Barolo from Piedmont, Italy. Your selection of 3 will come with raw honeycomb, poached apricots, berry preserve, and fresh sliced apples. In the mood for more than just cheese? Try their four-course chef’s tasting menu, available every day for $35.

Drake One Fifty

Stop by Drake One Fifty’s weekday happy hour between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and have a $5 Grolsch to wash down your samplings of cheese. Choose from Le Bouquetin – a creamy Quebec goat cheese, a mild Delice from France, Bleu Elizabeth – made from raw cow’s milk in Quebec, a nutty French Mimolette, or a floral Le Marechal from Switzerland. Your choice of 1, 3, or 5 will be complimented by a house-made apricot jam, a tri-seed crunch, and walnut crisps.

Czehoski

Czehoski’s locally-sourced menu and unique décor makes it a favorite among farm-t0-table lovers in Queen Street West. Check them out on Wednesdays for their half-priced wine night and pick a bottle to compliment their selection of Swiss and French Gruyeres and local brees accompanied by a fruit compote, antipasto, and fresh-baked bread from Ace Bakery.

Nota Bene

While the sweets on Note Bene’s dessert menu may be tempting, our eyes instantly focus on the their selection of artisanal cheese. Local choices like the Chevre Noir and Le Douanier, both from Canada, or international selections like a French Brillat-Savarin or a Boschetoo al Tartufo from Italy are served with dried fruit and a nut panforte.

Bar Isabel

This Little Italy eatery is great for tapas and Spanish cuisine. Their cheese selection is rotated seasonally and usually offers a choice of about 11 local, Spanish, and international cheeses. Their current menu includes a Zamorano, and Torta de Dehesa from Spain, as well as a Dutch Chevre Grand Affineur. Order their tailor-made tasting, a menu of small plates created just for you. [Photo]

Cava Restaurant

Cava’s menu celebrates the flavors of the Iberian Peninsula in small plates complimented by a carefully chosen wine list. Their cheese plate offers a selection of 3 from a menu of Iberian and Italian cheeses, as well as a couple of locals like a Toscana from Sratford, Ontario. Acompaniments like spiced quince jelly, marcona almonds, and fig and walnut bread come with.

The Black Hoof

Known for it’s nose-to-tail offerings including Horse Tartare and Foie & Waffles 2.0, it’s no surprise the charcuterie and cheese boards at this spot knock it out of the park. [Photo]