Perusing the current selection of meats and cheeses prominently displayed in glass cases inside Montrose Cheese & Wine is almost as fun as indulging in them. The quaint shop focuses on small producers with its revolving selections. Choose something to sip on while journeying through flights with enhancements like Texas honeycomb, marcona almonds or house-pickled fennel. Cured meats and salamis are available for adding to a board, but may be ordered by the pound as well, should you want to experiment with crafting at home.
1618 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77006 832-380-2461
Like the well-appointed tasting room, Mutiny Wine Bar offers attractive dining choices for pairing with wine, including a picture-perfect charcuterie and cheese board. Along with two selections of cheese and meat, the board is adorned with fruit, olives, roasted almonds, jam and fresh, house-made bread. On the vegan wave? Mutiny makes available a shareable vegan harvest board which reveals hummus, peppers, mushroom ceviche and other appropriate enticements.
1124 Usener St. Houston, TX 77009 832-618-1233
This Phoenix-based wine bar, which recently expanded its Houston is favored for its all-encompassing wine program and hearty snack boards. While its customizable bruschetta boards are legendary, Postino’s chef’s charcuterie is equally as impressive. A colorful display of Spanish chorizo, prosciutto di parma and truffle burrata is accompanied with thin, crisp lavash, charred artichokes, olives, and blistered peppers.
This Montrose hideout, quietly neighboring Paulie’s on Westheimer Road is a comfortable place to savor snacks and vino. Boasting to be one of the best charcuterie boards in town, the beloved wine bar offers four meats and four cheeses available to customize a board, from traditional Calabrian salami to a brie-style buffalo milk cheese. Guests can choose as little as one, or a nice spread of four, but we recommend splurging for all eight for $45. Offerings are enhanced with Camerata’s spiced honey, house-made pickles, almonds and olives.
1830 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77098 713-522-8466
5. Sixty Vines
At this lively two-story wine bar and restaurant in Rice Village, popular for its wide variety of wines on tap, guests can create their own cheese and charcuterie boards to indulge. Choices include garlic and clove soppressata, 18-month aged prosciutto di parma, and Spanish style salame. And, in the way of cheeses, there is smoked cheddar and house-made ricotta.
2540 University Blvd. Houston, TX 77005 281-800-8808
6. 13 Celsius
Wine may star at this Midtown hideout, but 13 Celsius makes available excellent snacky things for patrons as well. Build a charcuterie board with up to four varieties of meat and cheese, and save room for the wildly popular s’mores dessert board which arrives lit by a flame and accompanied with chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows.
3000 Caroline St. Houston, TX 77004 713-529-8466
7. North Italia
This BLVD Place hot spot draws in the crowds with its slew of shareable plates, including the Chef’s charcuterie board, large enough to feed up to four people. The Texas-sized board combines generous portions of prosciutto di parma and coppa with pecorino stagionato. Try it as a precursor to a meal of cacio e pepe pizza or housemade bolognese, or visit during happy hour and take advantage of the bottle and board special which pairs the Chef’s charcuterie with a featured vino for $26.
1700 Post Oak Blvd. Ste. 190 Houston, TX 77056 281-605-4030
Dimly lit and moody, this hidden Rice Village gem is a cozy place to pair cheese and charcuterie with wines from around the globe. Here, charcuterie boards are available in two sizes, small or large, and feature the chef’s choice of cheeses and meats, along with traditional accoutrements like nuts, honey and fresh fruit. Grab a puzzle or game off the shelf, and settle in for the evening with a full-bodied California cab.
2418 Sunset Blvd. #A Houston, TX 77005 346-980-8107
There is never a dull moment when it comes to choosing charcuterie at Gratify. The restaurant offers a fresh daily selection featuring three meats, which remain on the menu, and three cheeses which change weekly — one hard, one soft and one blue cheese, all sourced locally from Houston Dairymaids. Guests can customize their boards, or opt for the Gratify board, which boasts all six offerings with honeycomb, fruit and nuts and warm baguette.
5212 Morningside Dr. Houston, TX 77005 713-524-7865