100 Favorite Dishes: Cheese Board
At The Libertine Bar

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Jesse Hughey
As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments. More of the dish's tasty details are after the jump.

No. 12: Cheese Board at The Libertine Bar

We felt like a chump the first time our significant other insisted on ordering a cheese board at The Libertine Bar. It sounded like just a plate of cheese, cold cuts and fruit. Our thinking was along the lines of a couple of commenters on our 100 Favorite Dishes No. 15, the Cheese And Charcuterie Plate At The Grape, who pointed out that one could buy all the stuff for the spread at a grocery store. Sure we could. We could also buy the ingredients for most of the other dishes in the Favorite Dishes countdown and try to recreate them at home while we're at it. Before we do, though, we might as well head to Homebrew Headquarters to pick up supplies to brew our own beer and ferment our own wine. Then we'd never have to go out to eat!

Anyway, as we picked at the board, experimenting with different combinations of the artisan cheeses, meats, crackers, bread, fruit and fixings, we saw the light. The shareable platter is the perfect bar food. With sweet, sour, savory, tangy, smoky, crunchy, crisp and creamy items on the board, there's something for everyone at the table, a bite to satisfy whatever craving you have at that moment, something to perfectly complement whatever wine, beer, spirit or cocktail you're sipping. And you can sit there for hours without worrying about it getting cold or soggy, unlike other appetizers and shared plates.

The Libertine's cheese board options change regularly. Last week, we ended up with manchego and smoked Gouda cheeses, prosciutto, sweet onion marmalade, tapenade and soft pear slices with crackers and a chunk of baguette, with some absolutely addictive cocoa-dusted almonds. Prosciutto, pear and manchego tasted so nice together on a cracker that we'll probably look for them at the grocery store and try to recreate it at home. That won't stop us from ordering the cheese board at the Libertine again, though.

The Libertine Bar
2101 Greenville Ave.
214-824-7900

See the full list below:

No. 100: Oatmeal Pancakes at Legal Grounds
No. 99: Shanghai Buns at Jeng Chi Dumpling House
No. 98: Mashed Tater Parfait at Cowboy Chow
No. 97: Chicken and Waffles at Victor Tango's
No. 96: Colorado Lamb Osso Bucco at Hibiscus
No. 95: Flatbread Pizza at Dish
No. 94: First Chinese Barbecue in Richardson
No. 93: Elotes at Fuel City
No. 92: Summer Platter For Two at Big Shucks
No. 91: Chicken Gizzards at Sushi Yama
No. 90: Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt's Rancho Martinez
No. 89: The Angry Dog at Angry Dog
No. 88: Sliders at Dish
No. 87: Spaghetti Bolognese at Urbano Café 
No. 86: Vietnamese Pork Panini at Lumi Empanada & Dumpling Kitchen
No. 85: Cheese Fries at Snuffers
No. 84: Tres Vasos at Samar
No. 83: Quatro Leches at La Duni
No. 82: Pad Pak at Bangkok City
No. 81: Brisket Sandwich at Maple and Motor
No. 80: Lunch Express at Dream Cafe
No. 79: Apple Crisp at Salum
No. 78: La Vaca Loca at Good 2 Go
No. 77: Shrimp and Grits at Screen Door
No. 76: Meatball Sub at Jimmy's
No. 75: Baja Chicken at Mattito's
No. 74: Fried Port Salut Cheese at The Porch
No. 73: Lobster Roll at Rex's
No. 72: Fried Green Beans at Local
No. 71: Shaved Ice at May's Ice Cream
No. 70: Shredded Pork Sandwich at Mojitos
No. 69: Tom-Yum-Gai at Bangkok City
No. 68: Paella at La Calle Doce
No. 67: Bacon Cheeseburger at Wingfield's Breakfast and Burgers
No. 66: Original Nachos at Fuzzy's Taco Shop
No. 65: El Aragón at Tortas La Hechizera
No. 64: The Cheeseburger at The Grape
No. 63: Dungeness Crab Dip at Hibiscus
No. 62: Sweetbreads Made Two Ways from Restaurant AVA
No. 61 Asado De Puerco Rojo at Chitos
No. 60: Basil Chicken at Genroku
No. 59: Capricciosa Pizza at Il Cane Rosso Truck
No. 58: Shrimp and Chicken Curry Clay Pot at Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant
No. 57: The Grilled Cheese and Chili at Highland Park Pharmacy
No. 56: Meatloaf Blue Plate Special At Norma's Cafe
No. 55: Carne Asada Plate at Taqueria El Fuego
No. 54: Pork Carnitas at Matt's Rancho Martinez
No. 53: Lacquered Chinese Duckling at Five Sixty
No. 52: Fritto Misto at Cibus
No. 51: The Californication at Buzzbrews Kitchen
No. 50: Enchiladas Suizas with Off-The-Menu Salsa at Veracruz Café
No. 49: The Steak Bomb at Kenny's Burger Joint
No. 48: Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs at Hattie's
No. 47: Truffle Butter Popcorn at Tillman's Roadhouse
No. 46: Hamburger at Adair's Saloon
No. 45: Bone-In Short Rib at Stephan Pyles
No. 44: Ricotta Cheese Blueberry Pancakes at Villa-O
No. 43: 911 Roll at Oishii
No. 42: Fried Chicken at Babe's Chicken Dinner House
No. 41: Sausage Pizza At Oak Cliff Pizza
No. 40: Black Truffle Pizza at Neo by Olivella's
No: 39 Pastrami Sandwich At Deli-News
No. 38 Mussels at Neighborhood Services
No. 37 Double Cheese Potato Cakes At Red's Patio Grill
No. 36: Chocolate Cake at Al Biernat
No. 35: Fried Tofu with String Beans in Lemongrass Sauce at Caravelle Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant
No. 34: Pollo Con Mole at Carolina's Mexican Cuisine
No. 33: Quail Salad at Fearing's at the Ritz Carlton
No. 32: Vegetable Platter at Roti Grill
No. 31: Chicken-Fried Steak at AllGood Cafe
No. 30: Lengua Taco at Taco King
No. 29: Cioppino at Chef Point Cafe
No. 28: Black Bean Enchiladas at Avila's Restaurant
No. 27: Sliced Brisket at Pecan Lodge
No. 26: Lomo Norteño at Veracruz Cafe
No. 25: Salads at eatZi's Market & Bakery
No. 24: Chopped Brisket Sliders At The Porch
No. 23: The Stodg Burger at The Porch
No. 22: Coconut Soup at Mi Tierra
No. 21: Cachapa at Zaguan Latin Cafe & Bakery
No. 20: Black Bean Dip At Gloria's
No. 19: Root Beer Creme Brulee at the Green Room
No. 18: Especial De Tacos at Tacos El Viajero
No. 17: Cuban Sandwich at Jimmy's Food Store
No. 16: Mia's Brisket Tacos
No. 15: Cheese and Charcuterie Plate at The Grape
No. 14: Brunch at La Duni
No. 13: Champagne and Brie Soup at St. Martin's Wine Bistro


Location Info

The Libertine Bar

2101 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

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