Charcuterie is popping up everywhere, from food blogs to five-star restaurants to your local grocery store. Charcuterie is the French culinary tradition of preparing meats like salami and prosciutto. Originally, meat was front and center on a charcuterie board, but now you’ll see elements like cheese and antipasto mixed in. These sweet, salty, and briny extras provide a brilliant balance and give you and your friends the chance to try unexpected combinations.
Think of it as a fancy, adult version of Lunchables®, that’s way more delicious.
Here are a few of our favorites.
Downtown Pensacola is hopping with meat and cheese galore. On Palafox Street, Pensacola’s main hub, you can find a briny board at the Wine Bar on Palafox. Marinated beans, pickles and olives are paired perfectly with spicy almonds, hummus, five gourmet meats and cheeses and a fresh-baked baguette. If this doesn’t suit your palate, you can always design your own with as little or as much as you want! Insider note – happy hour is two for one glasses of wine. Drink up, you’re on vacation!
Across the street at The Global Grill, enjoy a sweet board of robust cheeses, fruit preserves and jellies, salt and butter local pecans (YUM) and so much more. The Global Grill is a Spanish tapas restaurant, so if you’re looking to dine for a special occasion, this is a great place.
At the South end of Palafox overlooking Pensacola Bay, the antipasto platter at Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grill is sure to please your visual and culinary appetite. Enjoy stunning sunsets while smearing eggplant caponata on little toasts. Cheers!
West of Palafox
Situated a few blocks west of Palafox, Union Public House offers a true Salt ‘N’ Cure experience. Build your own board with a selection of nine charcuteries, seven artisan cheeses and a whole a la carte list of seasonal mustards, pickles, preserves and toasts. Insider tip – stay for dinner. This crafty southern pub is a personal favorite boasting exotic flavors with southern roots.
Around the corner, George Artisan Bakery and Bistro serves a lovely cheese board paired with local honey and bacon onion jam. This one will have you jammin’ (too much?)
East of Palafox
New to the block, Joe’s As Always at Duh offers an after-hours menu on Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. that is exclusive to cheese boards. Insider tip: Arrive before five to shop through any of the five different Duh buildings. Offering only the finest home and lifestyle décor, Duh features important items from around the world. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped across the pond for this one.
Around the corner at Lucy’s in the Square, a quaint patio awaits with flatbreads, small plates and elaborate cheese boards. Named after the owner’s pup, Lucy’s has great specials offering $4 champagne pops, thirsty Thursday, 1/2 off flatbreads every Sunday and wine down Wednesday.
Further up Main street, Skopelo’s at New World is a swanky Greek establishment that offers mezze, the Greek form of Spanish tapas. While the charcuterie is a fan favorite, there are so many mouth-watering options to choose from.
Waterfront cheese-filled views await you and both H20 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach and the Wine Bar on the Boardwalk. Like the one on Palafox, but under different ownership, the Wine Bar offers a bold selection of build-your-own cheese plates with the added option of small plates, decadent entrees and even brunch. Sound-side views offer a quaint background to wind down to.
Across the street, H20 serves up the stunning emerald green waters from the Gulf of Mexico accompanied by a briny charcuterie board. Fresh cut prosciutto and bresaola, pâté on toast points with olive oil, chutney, cornichons, grainy mustard and pickled watermelon rind are just a few of the things that you’ll taste.
There you have it, a few of our favorite charcuteries! If we missed one, please be sure to tell us in the comments below.