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MSP - Besides Surdyks, who else willing to cut cheese in small portions?

I have continued to patronize Surdyks because they cut all their cheese in front of you and being a solitary cheese eater, I can't get through the larger chunks of pre-cut cheese that other places sell and still enjoy a large variety without spending a fortune. Like Surdyks that they will cut 4-5 types of cheese in 1/4 pound tasting sizes - don't love the location.

Where are some other places where you have staff willing to cut to order? I tried the Byerlys in Roseville and they were less than accomodating/willing. Other thoughts?

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  1. Have you tried Kowalskis?

    They have always been very accommodating and gracious with any orders.

    They have several locations in Minneapolis

    1. Lunds and Byerly's are always willing to cut cheese into smaller portions; better a small sale then no sale at all.

      1. The Lunds in NE (near Surdyks) has a wonderful cheese department and they will cut whatever you want and give tastes. very knowlegable and not so crowded to shop in.

        1. Whole Foods.
          I would also try Kowalski's... the one on Grand has recently remodeled and improved its cheese area.

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          1. re: LizzieB_MSP

            If you do try asking for small cuts at Kowalski's on Grand, please let us know how that works out. The already large cheese display has been moved, and though I can't say whether it has truly expanded I can say that there isn't a dedicated cheese counter person like you might find at the Lunds stores that were mentioned above.

          2. I'd try Byerly's or Whole Foods, as others have recommended, but be aware that the prices are probably going to be higher than Surdyk's.

            1. The Wedge has a basket of small pieces of variouis cheeses. While you don't necessarily get a wide choice, I like to pick up a piece of something that I haven't tried before.

              1. Definitely try Whole Foods, particularly the one on Excelsior. Though their entire staff is friendly and educated on the wonderous dairy, their lead cheese monger Lisa is one of the most culinarily informed people I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They will cut you a peice to order and are really quick with the samples, which as far as I'm concerned is a big virtue.

                1. I buy cheese all over the place and nobody has ever taken issue with cutting whatever I want. The places I buy cheese are along my usual routes of travel around MSP: France 44, Premier Cheese Market, E's Cheese, Buon Giorno, Whole Foods (especially the one just west of Calhoun), Surdyk's, Lunds in NE, Valley Natural Foods and Byerly's in Burnsville, Golden Valley and SLP.

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                  1. re: MSPD

                    I would say that if a store would not cut a piece to order, you shouldn't be buying cheese there-- likewise, steer clear from places where there is no one minding the counter, as you have no idea how long their cheese has been there, wrapped in plastic, slowly suffocating.....

                  2. If your main complaint about Surdyk's is the location, then none of the recommendations here so far will help you much, because they're even harder to get to from the suburbs. It sounds like you're coming from somewhere around Roseville, hence the Byerly's there. I would suggest trying them again, after talking with their manager. Check the lunds-byerlys web site for contact info. Another relatively nearby option and probably a more accommodating cheese counter would be the Kowalski's in White Bear Lake.

                    Good luck in your quest!