Best Reason Not to Order Dessert

Vintner Grill



You might not believe it till you try it, but the rich, creamy cheeses at Vintner Grill envelop the palate as much as any sweet dessert would. This northwest neighborhood restaurant has about 50 varieties on its list, from which you can build your own cheese plate to your liking. Several of the cheeses are even made in-house by chef Matthew Silverman. He started with Camembert, but has ventured into funkier territories such as Roquefort, Stilton and aged goat cheeses.

One cheese for $6, three for $15, five for $25, 10100 W. Charleston Blvd., 214-5590,

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.