It’s now been 15 days of rain every day in D.C. I can’t take it anymore! I thought it was April showers not May showers. When it’s cold and dreary out, the only two things that make me feel better are yoga pants and comfort food. Cooking is not on that list. So last night, Andy and I ventured out to get some good comfort food (I wore leggings 😉 ) Shirlington is one of my favorite areas to go out for date nights. The close second is Del Ray, Alexandria. Luckily, either place I could have chosen would have had the restaurant I was aiming for: Cheesetique!
Cheesetique is a specialty cheese shop and also a small restaurant and bar. They serve everything from cheese and charcuterie boards (a must!), to fondue, to mac & cheeses, and grilled cheeses. You can even pair your grilled cheese with a typical creamy tomato soup. I apologize in advance to any lactose-intolerant readers.
Cheesetique also offers a variety of deals for different nights, you have your typical happy hour from 4-7 every weeknight, but on Tuesdays you can get all bottles 20% off and Wednesdays they host “Wine Down Wednesday” which offers $5 house whites and reds (and they’re great house wines). What I really enjoy about Cheesetique is that they give you great wine recommendations for each item on the menu. If there’s one you really fall in love with, you can grab a bottle to take home from the store in the front!
Andy and I couldn’t resist trying the tot poutine. If you don’t know what poutine is, it’s a Canadian dish of french fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy. I think I may be forever a tot poutine fan because the taters were the perfect complement to the poutine. I’m also pretty picky about my fries (give me steak fries!).
For our entrees, Andy opted for the Mac of the Moment which featured ham, spinach, and a signature blend of Asiago and Cocia Roma cheeses. The sauce is creamy and not oily, which is pretty hard to make a good mac sauce that doesn’t separate. He especially liked the bread crumb topping to their dish as an added texture that’s flavorful.
I decided to go for the grilled cheese. I was absolutely torn between the Sassy Goat and the Grown Up, a typical cheddar grilled cheese on sourdough. However, the Sassy Goat won in the end, and I’m so glad it did. It was honestly the best grilled cheese I’ve had in my life. And I don’t say that lightly. The sandwich had chevre, bacon, avocado, roasted tomatoes, and a garlic aoili. All of this was served on grilled ciabatta bread. The flavors mixed perfectly without being too overpowering and the avocado was the best addition to a grilled cheese that I wouldn’t have thought to do myself.
I’m not a huge dessert person, but Andy is. When we took saw the dessert menu it was all over for me. They had cheesecake, of course, but we actually ended up going for the Key Lime Pie which is one of my weaknesses. I would have preferred more pie and less whipped cream, however, after eating my entire sandwich, salad, and some of Andy’s mac, it was just enough for me. I loved the presentation and it was a great finish to my overindulgence day.
My favorite thing about Cheesetique is how it really feels like a neighborhood spot.
Cheesetique. Del Ray. 2411 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301. 703-706-5300. Shirlington. 4056 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206. 703-993-8787. Ballston location coming soon!