Pastoral, the local cheese shop, now has a wine bar. A short list of wines is available by the bottle, glass and half glass, which makes it easy to try a variety. The wine list regularly changes, but the Jochen Beurer riesling was wonderfully dry and stony, while the Barboursville chardonnay was a crisp and clean way to start the evening. Appellation serves composed cheese plates that focus on themes, like New Classics, with a funky camembert from Minnesota and salty Jasper Hill Clothbound Cheddar. Cheese is present in most of the bar snacks and larger plates, including toast piled with tomato-leek relish, an anchovy and hard podda cheese. Housemade charcuterie includes country pate with extra depth from bacon and a showstopping rabbit rillette, capped with whipped mustard butter.
5212 N Clark St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thurs 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am, Sun 4-11pm|
|Transport:||El stop: Red line to Berwyn. Bus: 22, 50, 92.|
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Mm mm, cheese. I can't say enough great things about Appellation. Located within/next to the Pastoral cheese shop, the restaurant offers a great selection of cheeses (duh) and entrees that are super delicious, served quickly, and paired with an on point wine list. On weekends there is usually a wait but feel free to grab a drink from the bar and peruse the shop. It will pass the time and increase your appetite!
While the menu is seasonal (my favorites include the chicken thigh for its tender meat and crispy flavorful skin and the lamb chops) you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Don't be a dummy...start with a cheese plate ;)