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Visiting Pasadena next month and would like to know if anyone knows where I can get some of the great cheeses we on the east coast hear about, but haven't been able to find!

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  1. I'm assuming you're talking about native West Coast cheeses, as opposed to European stuff. Pasadena is not exactly a Mother Lode of those things, I'm afraid. Whole Foods would probably be your best bet, and Auntie Em's restaurant over in Eagle Rock (which is worth a trip anyway) has an itty bitty cheese shop attached that sells stuff from the Cowgirl Creamery. Bristol Farms (there's one on Fair Oaks in South Pas) is another good possibility.

    For whatever reason, LA just doesn't DO cheese like SF does, maybe just because so little of it is made in the vicinity. If you were going to the Foggy Legend by the Bay, you could just drop into the Ferry Building and stuff your carry-on with the good stuff in no time, but in the Southland it can be very hard to come by.

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    1. re: Will Owen

      Those places are all good but Nicole's Gourmet in South Pasadena (easily located next to the Gold Line stop on Mission) carries a really nice cheese selection, a lot of it local.

    2. Roma Italian Deli
      918 North Lake Ave
      Pasadena
      (626) 797-7748

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        second this place.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Roma is great but be prepared for the owner, Rosario. he is a true character and always looking to push something on you.

        2. nicole's in s. pasadena is good but i'd take a short trip to Silverlake and head to the Silverlake cheese shop on sunset. if you take the 2 it's about a 10-15 min drive. auntie em's store has a small but a nice selection of cheeses as will owen mentions.

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          1. re: trolley

            one more thought...if you're stuck in pasadena w/out a car, there are several wine bars that serve cheese. there is vertical wine bar, heritage wine bar (this is more like a wine shop that has seats), red, white and bluzz but not sure how much of their cheese is local. they are all in old town pasadena.

            1. re: trolley

              Never been, but I think you can throw 750ml in South Pasadena on that list.

            2. re: trolley

              Agree with trolly. When I lived in Pasadena and really wanted serious cheese, I'd drive to the Silverlake Cheese shop.