It’s not likely that wine and cheese come to mind when one thinks of South Carolina. Unless, we’re talking pimiento, because we’ve got that covered. Along with barbeque, shrimp and grits and sweet tea but as the lowcountry grows so does its palate. If you’re looking for a cozier setting and a vibrant atmosphere full of some of the best selections of cheese from all over the world, you may be surprised to find some of the best among the palmettos.
- Goat. Sheep. Cow., Charleston
Cheese, meats and wines galore at this perfect, little cheese spot in Charleston. Located in the NoMo area, the restaurant location of the original downtown shop features indoor dining and a quaint patio where cheese lovers can try an array from all over the world. The plate offerings are different every day. Purchase your favorites inside.
- The Gourmet Shop, Columbia
A Five Points staple since 1979, this shop and cafe offers some of the finest artisanal cheese from America and europe. Dine in their cafe or grab a tray to-go. Either will come with a custom seasonal selection of handcrafted cheeses and charcuterie as well as dried fruits, grapes, nuts, freshly baked breads and crackers. Enjoy inside or on their covested sidewalk patio.
- The 05, Greenville
Build your own charcuterie plate and tapas at this informal, family-friendly restaurant. As the name suggests, it is located in the recently renovated south end ‘05 area of Greenville. Buzzed about for its no freeze, all fresh philosophy, open-air seating and laid back atmosphere, it is the perfect place for a weekday happy hour. Sit back, unwind and select the cheeses that satisfy your cheesiest desire or let them do the work with the chef’s selection.
- Seablue, Myrtle Beach
Blue backlights and serene accents create the feel of a serene underwater dining experience. Their cheese offerings include goat, sheep and cow’s milk cheeses and vary from hard and firm to soft and semi-soft. New selections pop up frequently. Their plates include blue cheeses paired with fig jam grown locally, goat cheeses with apples or pears and sheep’s milk cheese with house-made jam from the pantry.
- Avondale Wine and Cheese, Charleston
With wine bottles covering the walls from floor to ceiling and hand-painted accents, you’ll get the feel that you’re walking into a funky wine cellar. Much like the neighborhood in which it sits, it is a fun, cozy spot for a bottle of wine and a cheese. Whether you create your own board or have the knowledgeable staff pick their favorites, you’ll be sure to enjoy some of the best fromage, including some from local partners.
- Gervais & Vine, Columbia
A Spanish tapas concept, Gervais & Vine has a menu filled with culinary influences from all across the mediterranean. Dine on a specially curated cheese board at the dreamy outdoor seating area surrounded by twinkle lights. Or head inside to the lively bar area or to the back, for a more intimate experience. In addition to their cheese plate tapas selection, the restaurant boasts live music two days a week as well as wine tastings on Wednesdays where four wines are paired with cheeses for $8.
- Porter and Pig, Hilton Head
Whether you’re in need of a spot for happy hour, date night or a professional meeting over a cheese and meat board, Porter and Pig has the perfect laid back atmosphere. A la carte options or a tray of chef’s choice offerings are available at this warm and cozy local favorite situated in the corner of the Village at Wexford. Chef’s samplers are served with house made beer mustard and chef’s selections of the best of domestic and international meats and cheese change frequently ensuring you’ll never have the same experience twice..
- The Lazy Goat, Greenville
Take a note from the Goat and slow down, relax and truly treat yourself at this west end spot. From cheese and charcuterie boards to burrata and fried goat cheese small plates, the Lazy Goat has you covered. The restaurant is designed around a social experience in which guests can take their time, sharing in great food and company. In addition to the bar and patio, the dining room overlooks the Reedy River.