We're counting down to New Times' Best Of Broward/Palm Beach 2012 issue in June by serving up our top 100 favorite dishes. Click here for a full archive. If you have any nominations of your own, please add them to the comments or visit our Facebook page.
39. Spain Cheese Course from the Cheese Course
Europeans have the right idea by incorporating cheese -- good cheese, real cheese -- into their daily culinary rituals. With more specialty cheese shops popping up around the country, it's becoming easier for those of us in South Florida to indulge a dairy obsession.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
The bistro offerings (sandwiches, salads) at the Cheese Course in Mizner Park are topnotch, but the cheese courses themselves are a simple, no-brainer way to sample three excellent cheese varieties in one sitting. Platters focus on one region (France, Italy, the United States, etc.) and the best of the bunch is Spain, with tetilla (semi-hard), manchego (hard), and garrotxa (hard) matched with quince paste and marcona almonds.
The course comes with a plate of sliced baguette that should be spread with a thin layer of quince and a slice of manchego and washed down with a sip of red wine. Ask the person working the counter to give you a glass of the varietal that best pairs with the course you order -- the wine selection changes daily.