- missmodular818 Sep 30, 2007 11:27 PM
looking for a good cheese shop where i can taste many cheeses before purchasing and where the clerks are knowledgable and can help me pick cheeses according to the wines i choose. any suggestions?
Two places in Silver Lake: Say Cheese on Hyperion next to TJs, and the Silver Lake Cheese Store in Sunset Junction, near Intelligentsia.
2800 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cheese Store of Silver Lake
3926 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
419 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA
I'll have to stand up for the BH Cheese Store. When I first went there, I wanted them to be snobs. I wanted them to fill all the stereotypes of a fancy food seller on Rodeo Blvd. I wanted them to look down at a plebe like me. But they have stubbornly refused to cop an attitude for all the years that I've visited. They are patient, they are knowledgable, they offer samples beyond any reasonable expectation, they throw little goodies in the bag, they are kind to me, they remember my name, they offered me suggestions for winemakers and cheesemakers to visit in Italy, etc. It's a wonderful, wonderful store.
Beverly Hills and Silverlake Cheese Stores are definitely the gold standard of LA cheese. They have knowledgable staff who will be at your service and you can taste as much as you want.
Artisan is a good choice if you are in the Valley. They have some interesting things, but they don't have the same selection and the staff is not knowledgable as BH and SL.
Say Cheese has a very limited selection compared to these other three.