Who doesn't love cheese - especially when it's fresh and melted over other deliciously decadent goodies?!
Au Chalet in New Haven, Connecticut is the new venture from chef Adil Chokairy of Crêpes Choupette.
Chokairy got his start selling fresh crepes from a giant tricycle he peddled around the Yale campus. He opened both of his restaurants side by side where they became fast favorites among the Yale students and faculty.
While Crêpes Choupette pays homage to his humble beginnings, Au Chalet is Chokairy's love letter to all things cheese.
His dishes are based on the popular Swiss style of dining called raclette. Raclette is a half wheel of cheese that is heated slowly then poured over entrees as a topping.
The large wheels of raclette are carefully melted under a warmer to prevent burning, then the softened goodness is scraped directly onto a plate of potatoes, cornichons, and small pickled white onions.
Au Chalet also features a selection of fresh tartines - similar to an American open-faced sandwich - for lunch. The Saint Maurice tartine, made with smoked salmon, avocado creme fraiche, and red onions, is a crowd favorite.
And, of course, no cheese-themed restaurant would be complete without fondue! The hot, bubbling pots of cheesy goodess are served directly at your table with chunks of bread for dipping.
Be sure to visit Au Chalet during happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. to take advantage of their fabulous specials!