Your Own Wisconsin Cheese Tour: 4 Restaurants with Fantastic Cheese Boards

With such a wide range of flavors and styles of cheese across the proud Dairy State, it’s almost impossible to try them all. However, if there’s a will, there’s a way! Ordering a cheese board is a great way to experience a variety of cheeses and compare the complex flavors and notes that make them unique. All of these Wisconsin restaurants are serious about their cheese and have assembled spreads that set them apart from the competition. Go ahead and indulge!

Millioke – Milwaukee

Millioke on Milwaukee’s east side was created to honor three of Wisconsin’s most beloved culinary hallmarks: meat, beer, and cheese. This urban tavern aims to provide an authentic Midwest experience while introducing guests to new flavors with every bite. Through a partnership with the Milk Board of Wisconsin, Millioke proudly curates one of the most wildly distinct and diverse lists of artisan cheeses in the Midwest.

Millioke’s signature meat and cheese board features a rotating selection of locally-sourced and artisan-cured meats and cheeses alongside house-made pickles and delicious fruit chutney. Be sure to complete the trifecta with one of the 20 draft beers or countless bottled varieties. You never know what rarities might be available!

Brasserie V – Madison

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Brasserie V brings a little slice of Belgium to the heart of Monroe Street in Madison. This casual, European-inspired hotspot features a globally inspired menu made from locally sourced ingredients. Often, the meats, produce, and cheeses are delivered to the restaurant by the farmers and artisans themselves.

Whether you’re a cheese expert or simply can’t get enough, the build-your-own cheese board allows you to choose 3 or 5 cheeses to tailor your board to suit your taste buds. Every board comes with a baguette from Madison Sour Dough Company, Potter’s Crackers, raw honey, and candied nuts. We suggest taking a peek at the extensive wine list to round out your palette.

Baumgartner’s Cheese Shop and Tavern – Monroe

When it comes to Wisconsin cheese, no other town comes close to Monroe – the art of cheesemaking has kept the city thriving for over a century! Baumgartner’s is something of a legend in itself. What began as a quaint cheese shop, now Wisconsin’s oldest, has grown to include an adjoining tavern serving the very cheeses that put the community on the map.

Baumgartner’s cheese tray is a great way to sample a selection of the hyper-fresh and hyper-local varieties that have kept guests coming back for decades. It’s also worth mentioning that Monroe is home to the only factory in the country currently producing limburger cheese. Be sure to add some to your cheese board if you’re looking for a more… complex flavor profile. You’ll never have it fresher!

4 Sisters Wine Bar and Tapas Restaurant – La Crosse

Let’s be honest – most restaurants can assemble a cheese tray to accompany a beverage of your choice, but it takes a special establishment to take you on a cheese journey. 4 Sisters’ impressive smorgasbord simply can’t be contained to a single board or tray. Instead, they provide you with enough accoutrements to satisfy each and every one of your taste buds.

The cheese journey’s masterful spread includes a variety of local and imported cheeses, seasoned pretzels, stuffed peppadews, dipping oil, Caprese skewer olives, seasonal fruit, nuts, pita chips, warm bread, and a signature compound butter. You’ll almost definitely need to share it, but what better way to spend an evening with a friend or loved one than indulging in a flavorful feast!

Can't get enough cheese? Check out these top spots for Wisconsin cheese curds, or go straight to the source at these hole-in-the-wall cheese shops!

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