Edmonton charcuterie plates worth their wood

A bit of this, a bit of that and, oh, definitely some of that one! Charcuterie is fun to order, especially for groups, and is great whether you’re looking for a snack or a light meal. These places offer some of the most elegant, tasty charcuterie in Edmonton.

The Bothy Wine & Whiskey Bar

5482 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 4J8

Nothing makes me feel like more of an adult than eating cheese and crackers for a meal. Throw in some sausage and fancy condiments and you’ve got yourself a charcuterie board. It’s basically perfection on a wooden plank. The Bothy offers gluten-free bread for those who can’t have regular bread or crackers. Pair the smoked bison with some organic chevre or smoked Applewood cheddar and call it a day.

Privada Wine & Tapas Bar

100-21 Perron St, St. Albert, AB T8N 1E6

These beautiful platters come with several varieties of homemade bread, plus brown butter speckled with Maldon sea salt (made in-house, of course). The plates extend beyond the obvious, and include intriguing picks such as elk pastrami, duck prosciutto and pork shoulder. Each board is decorated with pickled veggies and grainy, zesty mustard. Pair it with their flights of wine and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven (you haven’t; you’ve just gone to St. Albert).

Glass Monkey

5842 111 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 3G1

This fun neighbourhood gastropub is always bustling with people of all ages. If you don’t mind your fancy meats and cheeses with a side of breastfeeding at the next table, then this is the place for you. The long wine list is your friend. The selection of charcuterie changes daily, and is always accompanied by crostini and pickles made in-house. You may remember chef Darcy Radies from his previous gig as co-owner of The Blue Pear.

Woodwork Restaurant

10132 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N8

When Woodwork opened in December 2013, people were excited about this ode to wood-fire cooking and barrel-aged spirits. I was excited about the charcuterie, because charcuterie is where the action is, people! This board comes with soft bread from Bonjour Bakery, locally made cheese, pickles made in-house and, of course, the glue that makes a charcuterie board, the meat. It’s gorgeous, and smoked to perfection. While a tad pricier, it’s worth checking out at least once. You know, for research purposes.

Bar Bricco

10347 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1Y5

We all waited with bated breath for the second restaurant from famed Edmonton chef Daniel Costa. While it’s small like Corso 32, Bar Bricco focuses on drinks and snacks, not full-size meals. Still, prepare to gorge yourself on a selection of amazing meats and cheeses. Combine any of the 10 meat options with an aged pincion (a specialty cheese from Treviso, in northern Italy) and the truffle and black pepper honey for an out-of-body experience. So many pork products plus me equals a happy camper.

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