Levant (address and info)
Possibly originating in ancient Egypt and definitely one of the world's oldest cheeses, halloumi just doesn't melt. Taking advantage of this, Levant chef/owner Scott Snyder chops it into sticks and throws them straight into the fryer. The four emerging cheese sticks are crispy and come topped with local honey, walnuts, and chili flakes for the ultimate cheese-and-honey pairing.
Chizu (address and info)
What do Japan and cheese have in common? Almost nothing... until now. Chizu is a cheese-obsessed restaurant modeled after a sushi bar, and it was opened in March by Steve Jones, owner of Southeast's also-great Cheese Bar. The omakase platter lets you name your price and have the restaurant's cheese whizzes select from a 30-strong selection. The cheeses are all the right temperature for eating, and the staff's absurd knowledge results in such creative accoutrements as buckwheat honey and tomato jam.