Wedge and Wheel is a gourmet cheese bar located in the heart of Stillwater. It sits on the same road as the lift bridge, Leo’s, and Water Street Inn. This adorable little store opened very recently, but is already gaining momentum as a must-stop location when visiting the town. And rightfully so. It is adorable, classy, and a very unique idea (it’s the only one in Minnesota).
The idea of a cheese bar was completely new to us. Don’t get us wrong, we love cheese. A lot. As former Wisconsinites, it’s a prerequisite. But we’d never been somewhere that was an entire restaurant completely focused on cheese. Boy, were we missing out.
The focus of true cheese bars is cheese. For real. They aren’t places that happen to serve cheese but also do sandwiches and salads and ice cream and tofu burgers. You come to a cheese bar, and you come for cheese. Okay, you can get meat to go with your cheese, and Wedge and Wheel makes grilled cheese (only one kind a day), and they serve wine and beer. But everything is absolutely designed to compliment the cheese. As it should be. Cheese matters.
We ordered a cheese plate. We actually felt a little like idiots when we were ordering, because we didn’t know the rules. How much do things cost? What do you get for the price? Do you sit down and wait for your order, or is it more fast food? BAH!!! We were lost. Luckily, the staff are great at customer service and helped us out. And now we can share our fast knowledge with you.
Things to know when going to a cheese bar:
1. You want to order a “flight.” That’s a few different cheeses with great sides (like pickles). Our flight was enough for a snack for four, but if you wanted something more substantial you would want a flight for each person.
2. They’ll bring the cheese to you. Don’t be the awkward kid waiting in the wrong spot. Sit down. Take a rest. Maybe smile cutely at each other like us.
3. People will talk about “cutting the cheese” a lot. It isn’t what you think. They’re classy places, we promise.
4. Prices aren’t always listed. Don’t judge the cost by the cost of cheese you see in the window. Wedge and Wheel has cheeses that are up to $50 a pound, so we were afraid that the flight we wanted might be really expensive. But it was actually fairly reasonable. They keep costs down by having a variety of cheeses in a “flight,” so you might have one more expensive cheese and two less expensive cheeses. It works. If you’re concerned about prices, don’t be afraid to ask.
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