Cheap Eats 2009: Cheesetique Cheese and Wine Bar
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 23, 2009
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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.

Why go: This Del Ray gourmet shop/wine cafe is a fantasyland for the cheese-obsessed. Up front, a glass case is filled with more than 200 varieties—there are 30 kinds of blue alone. At the back bar, you can sample a wide selection plus nibble on salads and sandwiches, all accented with some kind of cheese.

What to get: Balsamic-soaked fig crostini gooey with d’Affinois; grilled pimiento-cheese sandwich; bronze-crusted mac and cheese with Gouda, Pecorino, and Asiago (we like it without the truffle oil); cheese and charcuterie boards.

Best for: Grazing on wine, cheese, and charcuterie; a light lunch or decadent dinner.

Insider tip: If you can’t tell a Crocodile Tear from a Lambchopper, take a seat at the bar and get advice from the friendly servers, who are happy to pass along their passionate knowledge of cheese.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for lunch.

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