Cheesetique, web site, 2411 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 703-706-5300, closes Sunday at 6. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | WaPo | Washingtonian | City Paper | Don Rockwell | Yelp]
The area’s best cheese shop, but the restaurant/café inside keeps on getting better. I love the cheese plate here, although at about $40 it is pricy. The accompaniments are just right and overall it is at least as good as what you would get in a very fancy restaurant. The sandwiches and macaroni and cheese are strong, and cheaper. Anything with cheese here will be very good and it is also a nice homey yuppie hangout. The wine selection is impressive. This is a limited-purpose restaurant, but it probably should be in your repertoire.