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Stepping up to the cheese plate

Philadelphia has been lucky enough to enjoy a rich tradition of cheese since <b>Claudio’s </b>and <b>DiBruno</b> <b>Brothers </b>setup in the Italian Market decades ago. But more and more, we’re seeingimpressive cheese plates on the menus of some of our favorite bars andcafes. <p></p>

Philadelphia has been lucky enough to enjoy a rich tradition of cheese since Claudio’s and DiBruno Brothers set up in the Italian Market decades ago. But more and more, we’re seeing impressive cheese plates on the menus of some of our favorite bars and cafes.

Cheese has been a vital prong in the fermentable approach of Tria Cafe (18th and Sansom streets, 12th and Spruce streets). The well-versed staff makes choosing a set of cheeses to accompany your beer or wine a breeze, as does the helpful menu, which has categories such as Clean, Luscious, Stinky, Stoic and Racy.

Over in Northern Liberties, Swift Half (1001 N. Second St.) provides six selections on its cheese plate, which is served with a baguette, fruit and seasonal accoutrement.

In a cozy spot just off South, Chick’s Cafe (614 S. Seventh St.), has a sizable cheese selection that you can pair with cured meats, craft beer, wine or even a specialty cocktail.

As for tonight — and every Thursday — Manayunk’s Dawson Street Pub (100 Dawson St.) teams up with the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop for quite the pairing: For $12, you can sample a flight of three beers and three cheeses.

– Arthur Etchells is a local food blogger. Read more at www.foobooz.com.

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