Raclette: The gooey, melted cheese dish you NEED to try

People are totally obsessed with raclette, a melted cheese dish from Switzerland and it’s pretty easy to see why.

Half of a large cheese wheel is toasted under a special machine. Once it’s melted, the cheese is scraped onto anything from potatoes, veggies, and meats to fruits and desserts.

Cheese Wheel

Raclette is a hot commodity in the U.S. due to some recent viral videos but it’s very hard to find. Until this week, the nearest location to get it on the East Coast was Raclette in New York City.

Now, to our delight, a restaurant right here in RVA has started serving it! We visited McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill to see how it’s done and give it a taste test. You’re welcome, Richmond.

The owner, Mac McCormack, saw a video about raclette online and knew he needed to try it. After searching in vain for a nearby restaurant that served it, Mac came to the conclusion that the only way he could get it would be to order a raclette machine and cheese from Switzerland.

McCormack’s started serving the raclette on Wednesday. They’re experimenting with new dishes to smother with the cheese. When we went by, the dish under the cheese was brisket, roasted potatoes and Brussel sprouts, with a garnish of pickles and apples. They’ve also tried it on a savory apple tarte.

Dish With Cheese On It

We think Mac will be scraping a LOT of cheese onto meals in the near future. Some people have already driven 90 miles to try the raclette!

Mac McCormack has been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years. He owns 3 restaurants in RVA: McCormack’s Irish Pub in Shockoe Bottom, The Whisky Grill on Robison St., and McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill at Regency Square Mall.

Restaurant

Right now, the raclette is only available at McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill. While you’re there you can try some of Mac’s impressive collection of whiskey with your ooey, gooey, melty, cheesy meal.

Bar Area