Whether you’re enjoying with wine for happy hour, kicking off a meal or making it the main course (don’t worry, we do that all the time), everyone loves gathering around a beautiful and tasty cheese or charcuterie board. Here are 17 must-try orders around Charlotte:

Dilworth Tasting Room
300 East Tremont St.

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Grab a seat at the bar or on the lively garden patio to sip wine and enjoy DTR’s popular boards. On Tuesdays, get a complimentary charcuterie plate  with wine flights of 3 whites or red wines.

Order: Cheese and charcuterie plates available in four sizes with a variety of cheeses and meats to choose from. 

Aria Tuscan Grill
100 N Tryon St.

Whether you’re stopping in before a show or enjoying a special night out, Aria has just the thing to start off your meal: boards featuring hand-cut meat and artisanal cheese.

Order: Charcuterie Board for two ($20) – featuring Hand-Cut Cured Meat, Artisanal Cheese, Seasonal Mostarda and House-Made, Baked-to-Order Flatbread.

Reid’s Find Foods
Myers Park and SouthPark locations

Served on the “After 5” menu at Reid’s Myers Park and SouthPark, the team offers cheese and charcuterie platters, also known as the Chef’s weekly selection, of cheeses & charcuterie with pickled vegetables, mustard, nuts, dried fruits, honey, crostinis and crackers.

Angeline’s
303 S. Church St.

Uptown’s stunning Angeline’s offers a sharable option to kick off your meal.

Order: House Selections of Salumi E Formaggi ($16/$22) with House Giardiniera, fig jam and bread.

Vivace
1100 Metropolitan Ave.

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Before digging in to your favorite pasta or entree, order a chef-driven selection of cheese and charcuterie for the table.

Order: Carne & Formaggio ($16), chef’s selection of charcuterie & artisan cheeses with assorted accompaniments, herbed crostini and flatbread.

Merchant & Trade
303 S Church St.

Enjoy your charcuterie and cheese with a view of the city skyline at Merchant and Trade. Their patio and open dining area make for the perfect post-work happy hour spot.

Order: A Sampling of Cheese and Charcuterie ($12/pp) with Imported and Local Meats and Cheeses and Traditional Accompaniment.

The Stanley
1961 E. 7th St.

Elizabeth’s farm-to-table restaurant The Stanley boasts charcuterie options that complement the chef-driven menu.

Order: Ben’s plate of meaty goodness – chicken liver mousse, country pate, pork rillettes.

Mimosa Grill
327 S Tryon St.

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One of Uptown’s favorite restaurants, Mimosa Grill, offers a selection of artisan meats and cheeses to start off your meal.

Order: Artisan meats and cheeses ($18). Each day’s selections include local and regional options.

Barcelona Wine Bar
101 W. Worthington Ave. Suite 110

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A newcomer to South End, this tapas-style spot offers build-your-own charcuterie and cheese boards.

Order: Choose from their charcuterie and cheese selections including Jamón Serrano, Hot Soppressata, Aged Manchego, Chorizo Seco and more to fit your tastes. $6.50 for one, $17.50 for three.

Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop
1320 S Church St.

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South End’s go-to for beautiful cheese and charcuterie boards offers $6 boards (regularly $9) each Wednesday.

Order: Charcuterie board with Heritage Farms Sopresatta Prosciutto served with olives & locally baked bread. The cheese board includes a selection of two local cheeses served with fruit and locally-baked bread.

The Broken Spoke
227 Southside Dr .

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The Broken Spoke’s warm and inviting neighborhood feel and selection of beer, wine and spirits set the scene for a perfect happy hour or evening out.

Order: Their cheese board ($19) includes an assortment of artisanal cheeses, house-made GWR Salamander berry preserves, granola, dried fruit and spicy mustard served with crostini. Or opt for the charcuterie board ($24) with a Chef’s selection of cured meats and artisanal cheeses, pickled veggies, spicy mustard, granola, dried fruit and house-made GWR Salamander berry preserves.

Dot Dot Dot
4237 Park Rd B.

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At this Myers Park speakeasy, grab a craft cocktail and a cozy booth before enjoying your pick of three charcuterie and cheese options.

Order: Meat & Cheese Board (chef’s selection of two cured meats & two artisan cheeses), house-cured charcuterie board (assortment of five house cured meats aged a minimum of three months) or the cheese board (chef’s selection of three artisan cheeses). All are served with house pickles, marinated olives, preserves and grilled bread.

Bulla Gastrobar
4310 Sharon Rd.

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SouthPark’s Spanish tapas restaurant offers a few options for cheese and charcuterie, best enjoyed with sangria or a craft cocktail.

Order: The Chef’s board ($18) with Tetilla, Manchego, Jamón Serrano, Chorizo de Cantimpalo and olives. Cured meats board ($14) with Jamón Serrano, Coppa and Chorizo de Cantimpalo, or the cheese board ($14) with Tetilla, Murcia al Vino and Manchego.

The Loyalist Market
435 North Trade St., Matthews

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In Matthews, The Loyalist Market offers $20 cheese and charcuterie boards and half-price wine on Wednesdays.

Order: Cheese boards ($14/$24), charcuterie board ($13/$23), cheese and charcuterie for ($23) or the big board ($48). Charcuterie selections include American country hams and prosciutto, Italian-style salumi and French-style pate. They also offer more than 40 cheese selections that rotate with the seasons.

POPLAR – Tapas Restaurant & Bar
224 W. 10th St.

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Unwind inside this beautiful tapas restaurant, or pick a spot on their patio with views of the Uptown skyline.

Order: Charcuterie board ($16) with prosciutto, capicola, salami, gorgonzola, goat cheese, manchego, grilled bread and basil aioli. Cheese board ($13) includes gorgonzola, goat cheese, manchego, mozzarella, marinated olives, grilled bread and fig chutney.

Legion Brewing SouthPark
5610 Carnegie Blvd.

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SouthPark’s brewery has plenty of sharable options to enjoy over your craft beers.

Order: Local and traditional charcuterie plate served with house pickles, whole grain mustard, house-made spreads and crisp flatbread.

La Belle Helene
300 S Tryon St.

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On their À partager (to share) menu, Uptown’s stunning La Belle Helene offers the perfect plate to start off your meal.

Order: Charcuterie board with cornichons and grain mustard ($16).

What’s Your Favorite Cheese or Charcuterie Board in town? Please share in the comments below!