Cheap Eats 2010: Cheesetique Cheese & Wine Bar
100 great places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 10, 2010
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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 Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating
Scene:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
3 to 6 PM.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Why go: A basket of gourmet temptations—artisanal cheese and charcuterie, small-batch wines, imported oils—from the front room of this Del Ray shop can burn a hole in your wallet, but at the cafe and marble bar in back, you can dabble in the same products and stick to a budget.

What to get: Mac ’n’ Cheesetique, an indulgent mess of goat’s-milk Gouda, Pecorino, Asiago, and truffle oil; BLT panino with smoked Gouda and salty basil spread; sourdough oozing a hot mixture of cheddar, blue cheese, and pimientos; chocolate pudding that takes you back to childhood.

Best for: A tutorial in wine and cheese (the staff is knowledgeable and can guide you through a cheese board or wine flight); a lingering date for two who like to share.

Insider tip: On Tuesday, all wine is 20 percent off; on Wednesday, house wine is $5 a glass.

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