Great Takeout: Cheesetique
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Cheesetique Cheese and Wine Bar
Address: 2411 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
Phone: 703-706-5300
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Del Ray, Alexandria
Cuisines: Modern, Grocery Store/Market, American
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday 11 AM to 2:30 PM and 5 to 10 PM, Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM, and Sunday 11 AM to 2:30 PM. Closed Monday.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Cheese and charcuterie boards; mac' and cheese; citrus-poppyseed salad; Emmenthaler quiche; BLT panino; grilled cheese; chocolate pudding.
Price Details: Starters, $5 to $8; main courses, $6 to $10; cheese and charcuterie boards, $12 to $25.

The epicurean wonders packing the shelves at this cheese shop/wine bar—marmalades, artisanal honeys, gossamer-thin crackers—all have one thing in common: They go beautifully with cheese. Among the more than 200 varieties are lots of local finds, such as the washed-rind Grayson from Virginia and the creamy Mountain Top bleu goat cheese from Maryland’s Firefly Farms. There’s also a fine—if more abbreviated—selection of charcuterie, including pâtés, Italian-style sausages, and the rare and rich $99-a-pound Ibérico de Bellota ham from Spain. Need some guidance? The smart staffers will let you sample as much as you want, then help you pair your selections with wine and condiments. If you’re having a dinner party, they’ll assemble cheese plates built around regions or themes.

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