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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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1. UNION

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296 Richmond Street West, Toronto
ON M5V 1X2, Canada
(416) 598-4944
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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.

2. Skin + Bones

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980 Queen St E, Toronto
ON M4M 1K2, Canada
(416) 524-5209
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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.

3. Drake One Fifty

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150 York Street, Toronto
ON M5H 3S5, Canada
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.

4. Czehoski

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678 Queen St. W, Toronto
ON M6J 1E5, Canada
(416) 366-6787
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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.

5. Nota Bene

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180 Queen St. W, Toronto
ON M5V 3X3, Canada
(416) 977-6400
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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.

6. Bar Isabel

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797 College Street, Toronto
ON, Canada
(416) 532-2222
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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]

7. Cava Restaurant

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1560 Yonge St., Toronto
ON M4T 2S9, Canada
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.

8. The Black Hoof

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928 Dundas St. W., Toronto
ON M6J 1W3, Canada
(416) 551-8854
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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]

1. UNION

296 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1X2, Canada
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.
296 Richmond Street West, Toronto
ON M5V 1X2, Canada

2. Skin + Bones

980 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K2, Canada
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.
980 Queen St E, Toronto
ON M4M 1K2, Canada

3. Drake One Fifty

150 York Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3S5, Canada
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.
150 York Street, Toronto
ON M5H 3S5, Canada

4. Czehoski

678 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E5, Canada
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.
678 Queen St. W, Toronto
ON M6J 1E5, Canada

5. Nota Bene

180 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X3, Canada
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.
180 Queen St. W, Toronto
ON M5V 3X3, Canada

6. Bar Isabel

797 College Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
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]
797 College Street, Toronto
ON, Canada

7. Cava Restaurant

1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, Canada
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.
1560 Yonge St., Toronto
ON M4T 2S9, Canada

8. The Black Hoof

928 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON M6J 1W3, Canada
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]
928 Dundas St. W., Toronto
ON M6J 1W3, Canada