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cheese shops/stores?

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?

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  1. cheese store of beverly hills

    1. Two places in Silver Lake: Say Cheese on Hyperion next to TJs, and the Silver Lake Cheese Store in Sunset Junction, near Intelligentsia.

      Say Cheese
      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

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      1. re: maxzook

        Cheese store in Beverly Hills could make americans think a french cheese store smells bad !
        A french cheese store smells GOOOOD !
        One time we got a gift basket from them and the cheese in it were rotten.
        They tried first to tell us that it is how the french eat them !

      2. Artisan Cheese Shop in Studio City is my favorite w/o the snobbery of Beverly Hills Cheese Shop. There's also a new cheese shop on Melrose; I think called Froma, but haven't checked it out yet.

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        1. re: Obessed


          7960 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

          Artisan Cheese Gallery
          12023 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

          1. re: maxzook

            I like Artisan cheese gallery too, especially their sandwiches, salads and soups. But the cheese etc. selection is nowhere close to Bev. Hills cheese. I don't find them the least bit snobby, to the contrary, very knowledgable and helpful.

            1. re: budlit

              Maybe I was there (Bev Hills) on an off day...

          2. re: Obessed

            I'll second Artisan Cheese Gallery. Was there yesterday to pick up a triple cream and a blue ... great stuff as usual. And the staff is great.

            1. re: Obessed

              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.

              1. re: glutton

                But don't you understand, they're in Beverly Hills! They're snobs, not like us regular people in Silver Lake or Studio City.

                1. re: maxzook

                  Oh yes, the regular people in Silver Lake, sipping their Intellegentsia coffee, eating their exotic Pazzo Gelato, shopping at their trendy boutique!

            2. 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.

              1. And, if you're in Orange County, there's Frog's Breath on Glassell just north of the Orange Circle.

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                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I'd have to recommend Frog's Breath too if you're in OC. Was just there on Saturday and tried several varieties of cheese and had a bottle of wine there. The people who work there seem very knowledgeable in their cheeses; also, wine tasting from thurs-sundays.

                2. also in Studio City there is The Village Gourmet on Tujunga and Moorpark, next to Vitello's. They are nice wines, cheeses, and meats. Over-all the store is stocked with delicious stuff.

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                  1. re: Jaybay

                    Perfect. I'm moving to Studio City soon anyways. Good to know.

                    Yes, I am trying to pair cheeses to a nice Syrah and Gewurztraminer I pick up over the weekend at Firestone Vineyards in Paso Robles. I would like to do a tasting this weekend.

                  2. I'm looking forward to the cheese store that's going in on Montana at Lincoln!

                    Meanwhile, I like Bay Cities and Whole Foods, for cheese knowledge

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                    1. re: yogachik

                      Do you know which storefront? I run by every night but haven't been able to guess which one will be housing it. I assume the one on the southeast corner?

                      1. re: mollyomormon

                        I walk by every night (geez, we really do cross paths like crazy), and it's exactly where I guessed it to be, a sign went up the other day --- the old Liat, right next to Starbucks (old Dietrichs)

                        1. re: yogachik

                          This is very welcome news - I must cross both your paths everyday and I am definitely looking forward to a cheese shop on montana - hopefully it lasts longer than the cupcake shop (which wasn't good anyways).

                    2. I like Joans on Third for the cheese selection. I haven't been back since they expanded, but in the past the man behind the cheese counter has helped me through perhaps a dozen choices before I bought anything. He even once sliced a little pecorino, topped with an almond and drizzled it with honey for me!

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                      1. re: danikm

                        "I like Joan's on Third"...also! I don't know much about their cheese station because there are so many other stations to capture your focus. The newly expanded place is much, much better and the servers seem more relaxed in their new space. So, I would guess that anyone at the cheese station will be able to offer you some dedicated attention since everyone seems to have "stepped up" their customer service lately. The whole place has a new feel.