Crafting the ultimate cheese plate is akin to creating a work of art. How can a combination of savory meats, cheeses, and unique accoutrements be anything short of incredible? Here are six of the best options in Miami.
Stop at South Pointe Tavern in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a bygone era. The cozy vibe and no-frills atmosphere are refreshing, and the massive selection of whiskey and tequila—said to be the largest on the beach—is pretty impressive. Among the rare spirits and classic cocktails is a small menu of bites, which includes a cheese plate that would be the perfect complement to a chill night at this local joint. 40 South Pointe Dr., Miami Beach, 305-763-8363
Miami Beach’s requisite locale for farm-fresh comfort food has been heralded for its fried chicken and waffles since its inception six years ago. But who knew that among the decadent dishes and killer bourbon cocktails is a tremendous cheese plate? The mouthwatering selection features smoked and cured ham, a trio of Vermont cheddar, pimento, and bleu cheeses, house-made pickles and onion jam. When you go, you’ll have to special order the heavenly dish; it’s not on the regular menu, so consider yourself in-the-know. 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-5220
The brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Market at EDITION offers guests a mélange of eats and drinks—from pastries and pizza to wine and fresh pressed juices—in a chic café-style dining room overlooking Collins Avenue. The salumeria counter also happens to offer a tantalizing board of sliced Italian salumi, crusty fruit and nut bread, and marinated olives, ideal for afternoon snacking and people watching. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-257-4600
The menu at chef Matthew Kenney’s premier South Florida restaurant is any health conscious foodie’s dream. Not to mention, the plant-based dishes that Kenney has dreamed up are as artistic and innovative as they are delicious. For instance, the Flora artisanal cheese plate is a vegan alternative that’s made with cashew and macadamia nuts, and accompanied by pickles, mustard seeds, and fennel crackers. 105 NE 24th St., Miami, 305-814-5365
As its moniker indicates, the focus is on fire, or fuego, at Argentinean grillmaster Francis Mallmann’s elegantly appointed South American eatery. After indulging in Mallmann’s succulent smoked meats and wood-fired empanadas, finish off your meal with the artisanal cheese board in lieu of something sweet. This rotating selection of farmstead cheeses, marcona almonds, acacia honeycomb, and house-made preserves is not to be missed. 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-655-5610
This oceanfront Fort Lauderdale resto has garnered acclaim for chef Gavin Pera’s attention to sourcing local ingredients for his menu of fresh seafood and farm-raised meats. His emphasis on regional elements even extends to the cheese plate, which offers a bountiful assortment of charcuterie from Little Havana’s Miami Smokers, nuts, mustard, and jam. Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits is also open for brunch, and if you go on the second Saturday of any month, you’ll be pleased to find that it’s also host to a fantastic farmer’s market, where you can scoop up fresh produce and unique goodies perfect for gourmands. 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-302-6460