20Twenty Cheese Bar
20Twenty Cheese Bar, 1389 Lincoln Ave.
“A lot of people come here for first dates,” says Jordan Trigg, owner and founder of 20Twenty Cheese Bar as he gestures around his simple and stylish neighborhood tavern. “It’s not intimidating and they can linger a while if it’s a fit, or slip away gracefully if it’s not.”
Most people do linger, though. The ever-changing selection of local, regional and international wines, beer, charcuterie and cheese fill the intimate tasting room with guests interested in noshing on small plates such as salads and sandwiches or sampling chef-inspired pairings.
For example, a mixed board of cheeses and charcuterie fancied by the chef that day might include selections from Cowgirl Creamery, Oakdale Cheese and Nettle Meadow Farm with salami from Creminelli Fine Meats, served with baguette, fresh fruit, spiced nuts, baby pickles and fig chutney. “We try to be a casual place where people sample cheeses they probably wouldn’t know about on their own. It’s a way to try new things affordably,” says Trigg.
All of the Cheese Bar’s employees live in Willow Glen, including one who teaches at the local elementary school and packs in parents for the weekly Tuesday Trivia nights. Weekend nights find locals strolling down Lincoln Avenue to the cheese bar, where they unwind over lively conversation, flights of wine and beer, and of course, cheese.