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Eight Savory Detroit Charcuterie Boards to Try Right Now

From slices to sausages, pates to pickles, here are the best spots to find butcher boards around the city

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Charcuterie: the original small plate dating back 6,000 years. Although originally developed as a way to preserve meats in the absence of refrigeration, today's charcuterie programs are an artful testament to the advancement of whole animal butchery and drinking culture. Strong, aged and spiced meats are paired with sweet, briny, and cheesy accoutrements. Whether you're craving sausages, sliced meats, pates, or pickles, here are some of Detroit's finest charcuterie boards.

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1. Cliff Bell's

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2030 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2543
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This Detroit institution has a charcuterie board to match. Bite into a changing selection of curated meats and cheeses including butternut blue cheese, beer salami, and dry, cured salumi. Pair it with a signature cocktail, and enjoy one of their many live musicians throughout the week for a classy night out.

2. Motor City Wine

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1949 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 483-7283
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Does anything pair quite as well with wine as cured meats and cheeses? Probably not. This wine bar features a rotating selection of artisan made cheeses, cured meats, olives, crackers and more, much of which is locally sourced. Bartenders are happy to make wine suggestions to accompany the daily selections.

3. Republic

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1942 Grand River
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 446-8360
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Featuring rotating housemade meats, cheeses, house breads, various butters, and pickles, you never know what you’ll get on your Ploughman’s Plate at Republic, but you know it will always be fresh and delicious. Past options have included duck and salmon roulades, brie, and shrimp butter.

4. Small Plates

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1521 Broadway St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-0702
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Although “small” may be in their name, their charcuterie and cheese plate is anything but, featuring a rotating selection of meats and cheeses, including items such as a duck prosciutto, wild boar sausage, goose liver pate, and Beemster cheese. Staples of the plate include a locally sourced apricot riesling marmalade and stone ground mustard, as well as bread, pickles, nuts, and figs.

5. The Sugar House

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2130 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-0123
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Although this Corktown bar specializes in craft cocktails, but is smart to pair its booze with an array of shareable meat and cheese bites. The charcuterie board includes a Genoa salami, kopa, torrine, fresh bread, and pickled onions. Pair the half order with half of a cheese plate for just a buck more and make it a combo.

6. Wright & Co.

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1500 Woodward Ave Fl 2
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-7711
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With powerhouses Dave Kwiatkowski and Marc Djozlija behind the wheel, you know this Detroit eatery can put together a serious selection. Wright & Co. serves up a little sweet (and sour) with it’s savory charcuterie and cheese board, including items such as chicken liver mousse, pickled onions, and orange marmalade.

7. Vertical Detroit

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This upscale Harmonie Park wine bar and restaurant boasts an enormous charcuterie plate. Split a bottle of wine and a board with your group that includes assorted meats and cheeses are paired with sweet and fruity options like honeycomb, figs, and roasted red pepper.

8. Gold Cash Gold

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2100 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 242-0770
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Fans of pickles will find themselves at home at Gold Cash Gold where the house-made sausages and cured meats share space with generous servings of briny specialty preserved veggies.

1. Cliff Bell's

2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
This Detroit institution has a charcuterie board to match. Bite into a changing selection of curated meats and cheeses including butternut blue cheese, beer salami, and dry, cured salumi. Pair it with a signature cocktail, and enjoy one of their many live musicians throughout the week for a classy night out.
2030 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

2. Motor City Wine

1949 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Does anything pair quite as well with wine as cured meats and cheeses? Probably not. This wine bar features a rotating selection of artisan made cheeses, cured meats, olives, crackers and more, much of which is locally sourced. Bartenders are happy to make wine suggestions to accompany the daily selections.
1949 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

3. Republic

1942 Grand River, Detroit, MI 48226
Featuring rotating housemade meats, cheeses, house breads, various butters, and pickles, you never know what you’ll get on your Ploughman’s Plate at Republic, but you know it will always be fresh and delicious. Past options have included duck and salmon roulades, brie, and shrimp butter.
1942 Grand River
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Small Plates

1521 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226
Although “small” may be in their name, their charcuterie and cheese plate is anything but, featuring a rotating selection of meats and cheeses, including items such as a duck prosciutto, wild boar sausage, goose liver pate, and Beemster cheese. Staples of the plate include a locally sourced apricot riesling marmalade and stone ground mustard, as well as bread, pickles, nuts, and figs.
1521 Broadway St
Detroit, MI 48226

5. The Sugar House

2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Although this Corktown bar specializes in craft cocktails, but is smart to pair its booze with an array of shareable meat and cheese bites. The charcuterie board includes a Genoa salami, kopa, torrine, fresh bread, and pickled onions. Pair the half order with half of a cheese plate for just a buck more and make it a combo.
2130 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

6. Wright & Co.

1500 Woodward Ave Fl 2, Detroit, MI 48226
With powerhouses Dave Kwiatkowski and Marc Djozlija behind the wheel, you know this Detroit eatery can put together a serious selection. Wright & Co. serves up a little sweet (and sour) with it’s savory charcuterie and cheese board, including items such as chicken liver mousse, pickled onions, and orange marmalade.
1500 Woodward Ave Fl 2
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Vertical Detroit

Detroit, MI 48226
This upscale Harmonie Park wine bar and restaurant boasts an enormous charcuterie plate. Split a bottle of wine and a board with your group that includes assorted meats and cheeses are paired with sweet and fruity options like honeycomb, figs, and roasted red pepper.

8. Gold Cash Gold

2100 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Fans of pickles will find themselves at home at Gold Cash Gold where the house-made sausages and cured meats share space with generous servings of briny specialty preserved veggies.
2100 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

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