I’ve had this on my list of places to eat at but it was a recent picnic plan that finally steered me over to the Cheese Bar. Yay!
When you enter, a display case full of cheese will greet you and more than likely you will stare at it not knowing where to even begin. Luckily the staff are helpful and will assist you in narrowing down your choices while giving you samples to try along the way. We managed to pick out a mild but flavorful Perrydale cheese made out of cow and sheep’s milk before making the next decision of which cured meat should accompany the cheese. We were much more adventurous with that part of the picnic fare and chose a curry flavored salami (recommended by the staff) along with a duck salami.
Ok, so the curry salami was really good but messes with your idea of what salami should taste like. It is very creamy and has an almost cheese like taste to it which complimented the Perrydale we purchased. The duck salami was a salty, peppery and fatty meat which was more reminiscent of the traditional salami our taste buds are accustomed to. Overall, a really great spread to the other food we brought along for the picnic. They also have a sit down area to enjoy their pub menu (nice selection of beer and wine) which I will be trying in the very near future.
Location: 6031 SE Belmont St. Portland Oregon