Despite being a really quick drive from Old Town, we don’t make it to Eastern Market nearly as often as we should. Once we decided that we wanted Cava Mezze for dinner on Saturday, I remembered that Sona Creamery was also nearby. Wine and cheese sounded like a perfect pre-dinner snack, so our plan was made.
We ended up there at about 4:30, so it was delightfully not crowded. My first impression was that it was a cool space. It felt clean and bright, but also cozy. We took a couple of seats at the bar and were greeted by an exceptionally friendly server and one of the owners. Bonus for us, it was also happy hour! Every glass of wine at the top of every category was $6. I ordered a glass of prosecco and the lady had a viognier.
We also decided that the experience would not be complete if we didn’t also order a cheese plate. The menu was themed for the 4th of July holiday. They had 13 different cheeses from the 13 original colonies. Cute!
We decided on Maryland, Rhode Island, and South Carolina, sort of arbitrarily. I bet any combination would have been excellent. It took a few minutes for them to craft our plate, and once it arrived, I saw why. In the mean time, it gave us a chance to study the huge awesome chalk mural on the wall behind the bar. One of the owners also took the time to tell us about the future ideas for the mural. They’re going to be doing a wine vs. beer theme soon and are thinking about making it an interactive place to tally that up. I loved the energy that both of the owners had. Super friendly, outgoing, charming, and just fun to chat with.
Our cheese was finally ready for us! It was more than just a cheese plate! It was a work of art. I almost felt bad about digging in it was so beautiful.
From left to right, it was the Maryland, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. The top left bit was butter with unflavored pop rocks and pink salt. Which was AWESOME. It was a perfect balance of flavors, and pop rocks are just cool! The owners told us that they actually have to import those from France because the unflavored ones don’t exist in the US. Such a cool way to wake up the palate. Once we ran out of bread, I may have just eaten a little bit of the butter… moving on!
The extras on the plate were placed near the cheeses that they best complemented. From left to right: I don’t remember what those orange cubes were, but it will come to me. Apricot, candied walnuts, strawberry jam with Marcona almonds, grapefruit confit, pickled fennel, a green olive tapenade and fortified soil? Everything was really, really delicious and amazing. The lady and I both favored the feta. It was the most complex of the 3. It was great with the fennel, tapenade, and soil.
The experience was absolutely perfect. Even better than I ever expected. I can’t wait to go back and try other things and just support such nice people!
- Favorite thing I had: The butter, the feta, the grapefruit confit, the jam. The prosecco was also tasty.
- Favorite thing she had: The feta and the strawberry jam. Not together.
- Most interesting thing I want to try next time: ALL THE CHEESES. I’d love to see the other little snacks they put on the plates with different cheeses. I’d also like to check out the actual food menu. Oh, and the cocktail menu.
- How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): The owners were so nice, I feel like this is the kind of place where we should become regulars. We definitely have to work on that.
- Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): District Taco is nearby. And Eastern Market! We made our way over to Barracks Row for our dinner reservations.