No. 68: Charcuterie and Cheese at SideDoor

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Anne Marie Panoringan

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When Five Crowns decided to 'convert' their bar into a bonafide gastropub, it was a strategic move that paid off. Ye olde kitchen that produces prime rib also unlocks the key to this wonderful dish. It may look incomplete, even deconstructed, but therein lies the beauty of a charcuterie and cheese platter.

A personal collage of salty or creamy delicacies, patrons can customize this to their liking. Maybe you just want a wee taste of goat cheese from Pondhopper in Oregon; or perhaps a side-by-side comparison of cow versus sheep's milk varieties. Your preference is their preference, as a designated chef stands by at the charcuterie station--a welcoming sight for locals as they meander inside.

Of course, it wouldn't be called charcuterie if not for the meat. Prosciutto, Sopressata, Salame or Bresaola? Get them all with a pint or bottle of your liking. This dish tastes as good as you want it to. To enhance your selection, it may include a dab of Dijon or drizzle of olive oil, making it suitable for consumption by itself, or with some of their sliced artisan bread. Cheesy counterparts include select accoutrements such as thinly sliced apple, marmalade or balsamic vinegar.

The SideDoor specialty can be shared amongst friends, or better yet, take the place of an entree. In this case, playing with your food is welcomed in this homey tavern.

Click here for our 100 faves from 2010! The list so far this time around:

No. 69: Burger (With Duck Confit) at Watermarc
No. 70: Korokke Pan at Cream Pan
No. 71: Chorizo and Quail Egg on Toast at Sol del Sur
No. 72: Fried Brussels Sprouts at 320 Main
No. 73: G-Style Fries at G Burger
No. 74: Fried Cuttlefish at Benley
No. 75: Roti at Bangok Taste
No. 76: Wet Burrito at 301 Cafe
No. 77: Pork Curry at Miyabi-Tei
No. 78: Bánh Tieu at Bánh Mì So 1
No. 79: Any Sandwich at the Crosby
No. 80: Fish Pho at Pho Vinh Ky II
No. 81: Quesadilla Chilanga at Alebrije's Grill
No. 82: Lobster Roll at Lobsta Truck
No. 83: Nem Nuong Cuon at Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
No. 84: Wild Boar Balinese Sausage at Valhalla Table
No. 85: Comida Corrida at Taquería La Raza
No. 86: Breakfast Burrito at Troy's Drive-In
No. 87: Mandoo at L&M Liquor and Deli
No. 88: Chicago Dog at Chicago Harv's
No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous
No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl

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