Instagram blogger Lyndsey Walworth of @winendinedetroit shares where you can find the best charcuterie boards around Metro Detroit.
By Lyndsey Walworth
What’s not to love about a delicious display of meats and cheeses, paired with a cold glass of rosé? While every charcuterie board is unique in its own way, the typical board has a selection of meats, cheese, fruit, nuts, a jam or mustard, and bread or crackers. The presentation, beverage pairing and atmosphere is also important when snacking on a charcuterie board, so be sure to choose wisely! Here are some of the best places for charcuterie in Metro Detroit.
1942 Grand River Ave., Detroit
At Republic, it’s a guarantee you’ll enjoy the freshest meats and cheeses, along with homemade breads, an assortment of pickled veggies and typically a spoonful of pâté. Republic has a rotating seasonal, farm-to-table menu. The charcuterie board, or Ploughman’s Plate as they call it, is a good way to experience Republic and what the menu has to offer. You really can’t go wrong at this spot. While you typically need a reservation, it’s also fun to have a seat at the bar where you have a great view of Beacon Park.
76 W Adams Ave., Detroit
Nestled in Grand Circus Park, The Royce is a top-notch wine bar. Even better — it has a great outdoor seating area for the summertime. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful when it comes to choosing a wine and a complementary snack. With over 500 selections of wine, you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy. You can also leave with a bottle (or two) from their floor-to-ceiling collection. The meats and cheeses were all delicious, my favorite being the triple cream cow milk (so smooth). A must for your charcuterie board: the truffle olive oil!
1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit
A Detroit classic! What’s not to love about this place? If the patio isn’t full, you should head out back, order the charcuterie board, a glass of wine and end the night with a game of Bocce! If you want to add a little something, order the olives. They are amazing! The selection on the charcuterie board changes almost every week with two cheeses, two meats and usually a mustard and/or sweet jam. If the charcuterie board doesn’t fill you up, follow with one of their delicious pizzas.
1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit
This hip bar in Corktown offers a variety of meats, cheeses and other local favorites. The prosciutto is melt-in-your-mouth good! The vibe is everything you’ll ever need — you can find live music, outdoor seating and tasty snacks. Make sure to check out their monthly wine tasting as well. It’s 25$ per ticket and includes a tasting of about 15 wines accompanied by cheeses and charcuterie. Each wine you taste is available for purchase.
15112 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Park
If you’re looking to venture a bit outside of Detroit, check out this cozy wine shop located in Grosse Pointe Park. The shop has one of the most “picturesque” charcuterie boards I’ve seen and a detailed explanation of each item on the board. In addition to the meats and cheese, there are three different spreads, such as the artichoke parmesan pate, which added some unique flavors. You certainly feel like you’re in Italy while snacking on this.
8044 Kercheval Ave., Detroit
Marrow, West Village’s new butcher shop and restaurant, was voted Eater Detroit’s “Restaurant of the Year.” This charming space has a creative and tasty charcuterie board, which includes your selection of five meats and five cheeses. The pickled vegetables make for a great addition as well. If you aren’t a master of meats and cheeses, your waiter will be happy to help you choose some pairings. There’s something so fun about being able to design your own charcuterie board, especially when the meat is coming straight from the butcher shop next door!
280 W Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
Ferndale favorite Pop’s for Italian offers a plate fixed with tasty cheeses, meats, mustards, nuts and arugula, all for $11! It’s a great steal for an array of flavors and a great way to start your meal. Pop’s offers Italian keg wines so you feel like you’ve teleported to Italy. And, if you make it during happy hour, then it’s $4-$6 a glass or $16-$24 for a pitcher. Or order a wine flight so you can try a few! With the garage doors open and the sun shining, this is a lovely place to hang out on a summer evening. Make sure to order the tiramisu for dessert! It’s the best way to end the evening.
Lyndsey Walworth is a Metro Detroit-based blogger, social media influencer and lover of all things food and wine. When she’s not Instagraming or working in events and marketing at Automotive News, Lyndsey enjoys traveling the world, exercising, exploring new restaurants in Detroit and spending time with family and friends. Follow her on Instagram at @winendinedetroit.