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Great cheese shops?

I'm hoping for recommendations for great cheese shops in the LA area, preferably towards Ventura, as that's where I'd come from.

I'm hoping for places that have great cheese at a fair price.

Thanks in advance for any feedback. I hope to make a cheese run on Friday!

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  1. Artisan Cheese Shop in Studio City is awesome. I would also recommend Beverly Hills Cheese Store.

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    1. re: Obessed

      I haven't been to Artisan Cheese Shop (thought I hear good things), so I don't know about prices. But Beverly Hills Cheese Shop is very expensive. Fabulous....but pricey.
      So not sure what your criterian is for "fair price."

      1. re: Obessed

        second third and fourth Artisan. Melody, the owner, and her staff are amazing! Good sandwiches, too. they are trying to get a liquor license to sell wine, too!

        Their new temporary website
        http://artisancheesegallery.wordpress...

      2. Nicole's Gourmet Food in South Pasadena. She has free cheese tastings every Thrusday evening (during the farmer's market) and Saturdays all day. She makes excellents sanwiches too.

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        1. re: SeaCook

          While I love Nicole's cheese *selection* and her store as a whole is great (I totally concur with the great sandwiches), Nicole's doesn't store their cheese that well. It often sits in plastic wrap in small slices for weeks and I've been disappointed with the quality when I take it home. When I've asked them to slice a piece fresh for me, I've gotten a sour response. Call me picky, but for $25+ a pound, cheese from a block is infinitely better.

        2. The Cheese Store of Silver Lake is my favorite. It's far from Ventura, but as a bonus it's right next door to Intelligentsia...

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          1. re: nick_r

            And a wonderful bonus it is, too

              1. re: nick_r

                i hugely *hearts* the Cheese Store of Silverlake, and the owner's slightly grumpy attitude. He puts together cheese trays to die for.

              2. I went to Whole Foods on San Vicente @ Barrington (Brentwood) yesterday to buy some cheese. They have a decent selection, nothing amazing, but enough to get a variety if you need to get something quick for guests coming over last-minute and whatnot. I was looking for truffle cheese, which they did not have. Also, they had some cheeses there that had a sell-by date of April 13th! Um, that was a month ago! So make sure you check the label before you buy any cheese there.

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                1. re: Ali B

                  same thing happened to me at the whole foods by me - out of date cheese- and the guy that worked at the particular whole foods said all they do is re-label it with a new date as the cheese does not go bad. hmmm.

                  1. re: Clyde

                    The problem with Whole Foods (and Gelsons, also) is not just relabeling the sell-by dates, but that they often do not do a proper job of wrapping the cheese. I have arrived home a few times to find that my cheese is grey and rotten. This has happened with Humboldt Fog from Whole Foods and St. Agur from Whole Foods and Gelsons.

                    I like Artisan, but think the Beverly Hills Cheese Store is still superior in terms of variety and quality (though it is pricier).

                    1. re: Jwsel

                      have to disagree about variety and quality.

                2. i like the cheese shop at auntie em's kitchen in eagle rock. great selection. last time i was there i had a truffle cheese that was amazing.