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Apr 9, 2001 08:01 PM

Say Cheese, Moan MMMMMMM

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Just needed to express my thanks to Say Cheese, where I experienced a little bit of heaven over the weekend. My mom and I sat in the cafe and ordered the most amazing sandwich: smoked salmon, cucumber, spinach, and cream cheese on very thin very slightly rubbed with olive oil slices of potato dill bread. Salty, creamy, crunchy. Now I need to go back and systematically order every sandwich on the menu. I'm a sandwich obssessive, and this baby made me moan, smile, and sent my toes curling. And the hearts of palm salad on the side was pretty good, too. And the waitress was so nice! A special relief since we had eaten at Campanile the night before and our waitress was so solemn we made it our goal to try to get her to smile (which, actually, I usually try to do in any case). Alas, we could not. I don't think she had the ability to move her mouth that way.

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  1. Is this the place at 2800 Hyperion Ave.? If so, their phone no. is (323)-665-0545. I have not been yet, but saw a write up that touted their spicy curried tuna sandwich, along with one called the supreme olivada, which combined warm goat cheese, olive paste and roasted peppers on rosemary bread. I'm begining to salivate!

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    1. re: Mike Kilgore

      Yes, that's it - thanks for posting the address & phone. I'm dying to go back and try the ones you mentioned, too!

      1. re: julia

        I stopped here specifically on the recommendations of chowhound. While it is quaint, Say Cheese is really expensive. Most sandwiches (with a small salad) are approximately $8!!

        Just to do a comparison of prices, I noticed a Valrhona chocolate bar (56% cocoa) for $2.99, I got the same thing at the Trader Joe's on Rosemead for $1.99. I admit, the Valrhona Price Index (VPI) is not a widely accepted economic index, but it gives you a idea of the inflation the small store imposes.

        I had the Spicy Tuna Sandwich with my hearts of palm salad ($7.50). Good, but I would not have called it "Spicy". "Dusted with curry powder" is a much more accurate description. I wish I tried a sandwich with a cheese that I haven't tried yet. Perhaps next time. I must say it's rare to find a "deli" that has hearts of palm salad, but it is very tiny.

        I wouldn't mind going back for a bite, and to pick up some cheese. It is good to know of another souce for fine cheeses.

        1. re: Kev

          I agree. The sandwiches at Say Cheese are more expensive than sandwiches at your typical sandwich shop. The question, of course, is whether they are worth the extra cost. In my opinion, the answer is an unqualified yes. My choice, especially on a first visit, would have been something other than a tuna sandwich. Say Cheese has many other, more interesting sandwiches on its menu than that. But, as I well understand from previous discussions on this board about price/value (e.g., the discussion about the prices at La Super-Rica in Santa Barbara), there are those who bridle at paying relatively higher prices, quality notwithstanding. Of course, for those who disagree with me about the higher quality of sandwiches at Say Cheese, the point is moot.

          1. re: Tom Armitage

            Obviously, I agree with Tom and am sorry that Kev had a not so great experience. I'm stickin' to my bliss.

            As for the VIP, generally speaking Trader Joe's is a discount house where you can find gourmet goodies for less, no it doesn't really surprise me that the chocolate was pricier chez Say.

    2. Picholine is owned by Patrice Milo, who used to be at Say Cheese. Lots of similar things (sandwiches, imported cheese, pate, packaged gourmet food, etc.) done very well in a small (but expanding) space at 3360 W. First St., just east of Virgil. A bit off the beaten track, but worth the detour as they say in the Red Guide. Phone is 213-252-8722. Picholine is open Tues. through Sat., 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.