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Caseus Fromagerie is the Restaurant for Cheese Lovers

Written by Timothy Stobierski

Caseus Fromagerie in New Haven, with its cheese- and charcuterie-based menu, is a must-try restaurant for all of the cheese lovers in Connecticut.

I don’t know about you, but I love cheese. It goes great with nearly everything, it’s got a certain comforting quality to it, and, simply put, it’s one of the ultimate food groups in life. Being a lover of all things cheese, it was only a matter of time before I stumbled on Caseus Fromagerie in New Haven, a restaurant that has an entire menu dedicated to this wondrous food.

Caseus isn’t a restaurant in the purest sense of the word. Instead, it is a mix between a cheese store, restaurant, and learning experience.

The Store and Restaurant

The store houses and sells more than 100 kinds of artisan cheeses and many hard-to-find ingredients and herbs, making it a dream come true for the foodie in your group. Though it is known for its cheese, the quality of all of the ingredients that it sells is what makes it a major draw for restaurants and cooks in the New Haven area.

As for the restaurant itself: It’s a bit pricey, but not extravagantly so. The average lunch meal goes for anywhere from $12 to $30, and a dinner meal costs about the same. I haven’t actually sat down for a meal, but while an intern in New Haven I was treated to a charcuterie board—my very first—and it changed the way that I saw cheese from that moment forward. Beyond merely being a topping, cheese very well can, and should, occasionally take the center stage; and even if it isn’t the main star in a meal, it has the power, when partnered correctly, to elevate almost any food you can think of.

A Cheese Truck?!

When I was interning in New Haven, The Cheese Truck was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because it brought delicious, delicious cheese within walking distance of my office, and a curse because I found myself spending most of my meager stipend on meals from it.

The truck serves a number of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches (add-ons include things like grilled red onion, apple-wood bacon, Jambon de Paris, Guacamole, and the like), tomato soup for dipping, and salads from the restaurant.

But whereas the restaurant can get a bit pricey, meals from the truck are decidedly cheap—$5 for your standard grilled cheese, and $3 for a side of tomato soup—making it a beacon for starving college students and interns everywhere.

Caseus Cheese Truck

The Caseus Cheese Truck: Delivering home-cooking to college students everywhere.

I can’t say that it was the best grilled cheese and tomato soup that I’d ever eaten, because my mother would probably kill me. But it was a very close second, and I recommend it.

The truck varies its locations from day to day and time to time, so if you’re in New Haven and hankering for a gooey grilled cheese, check their Facebook page to know where you should be heading. It looks like a slice of cheddar, so you shouldn’t miss it out on the street!

Visitor Info

Where: 93 Whitney Ave, New Haven
When: The store is open from Monday through Saturday, from 10:30am to 5pm (Monday and Tuesday) and until 6pm the rest of the week. The Restaurant has lunch and dinner hours. Lunch is served from 11:30am to 2:30 Monday through Saturday, and Dinner is served from 5:30pm to 9:pm Wednesday and Thursday and until 9:45 Friday and Saturday. There is no dinner service Monday and Tuesday, and both the store and restaurant are closed on Sunday.
Costs: Varies per meal

About the author

Timothy Stobierski

Tim Stobierski is a Connecticut native and a freelance writer and editor who has worked with a number of publishers including Taunton, Abrams, and Yale University Press. He has written for Grow Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Hartford Courant, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other publications. His first book of poetry, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer was published in 2012 by River Otter Press.

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