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vinchar Aug 17, 2006 11:00 PM

Hello -- any ideas as to what might be the best spot to buy cheese within walking distance of mission and 26th?

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    MuppetGrrl Aug 17, 2006 11:04 PM

    Does Lucca sell cheese?

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    1. re: MuppetGrrl
      chaddict Aug 17, 2006 11:09 PM

      Yes, they do sell cheese. What about BiRite (or whatever that market near Delfina is called, I never pay attention. Bad chaddict!)?

      1. re: MuppetGrrl
        Frosty Melon Aug 17, 2006 11:09 PM

        Absolutely. Bi-Rite too, but that's farther.

      2. farmersdaughter Aug 17, 2006 11:19 PM

        There's also the 24th Street Cheese Company in Noe Valley (24th & Sanchez). Probably a little closer than Bi-Rite, a little farther than Lucca Ravioli. The selection is broader at 24th than at either Lucca or Bi-Rite.

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        1. re: farmersdaughter
          Robert Lauriston Aug 18, 2006 12:22 AM

          Definitely walk up to 24th Street Cheese. Only serious cheese shop in the area, one of only a handful in the city.

          Lucca's great for budget shopping but doesn't offer much of a selection or as far as I can recall anything of notable quality except Reggiano.

          Bi-Rite is a superior deli with a fair selection of cheese.

        2. rworange Aug 17, 2006 11:57 PM

          What kind of cheese are you looking for?

          You might check one of the Mexican carnecerias in the area. A lot of Mexican cheese can be substituted for more familiar varieties and some of these places even make some of their own cheese.

          We are not talking the stuff wrapped in plastic either.

          Usually there are big fresh wheels of queso fresa that subs nicly for goat cheese or ... texturally feta. Very nice in salads.

          Sometimes there will be nice tubs of fresh crema or queso doble. These fresh types of cheeses are more likley to be made locally.

          While not everything you might want, they area a delicious addition to your cheese repetoire. Besides, it is fun checking some of these places. You never know what you'll find.

          1. jackbr4 Aug 17, 2006 11:57 PM

            not to be repetitive, but bi-rite is the place to go.

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              rootlesscosmo Aug 18, 2006 04:19 AM

              Lucca has a good fresh ricotta.

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