Best Cheese Shop in LA?
Hi, I'm looking for a place to buy some outstanding cheese for a friend who really loves it! I'm not an expert--any recs?
With Artisan Cheese Gallery you have to know two things: first, forget about buying cheese during the lunch rush (they serve excellent sandwiches but the focus shifts to the sandwiches and it can get CROWDED); second, you have to get the right person. There's an older guy in there who has mood swings and it can be a real trial to deal with him. I find that if I suspect I'm being led astray, I just ask Melody (the owner), who is nearly always there.
As much as I like ACG -- and I do -- CSBH is a better resource for cheese. It is, however, a little more uppity and quite a lot more expensive than either ACG or the Cheese Store of Silverlake.
If you're down in Orange County, a limited (but tasty) selection can be had at Frog's Breath just off the Orange Circle.
One other thought...and this is directed mainly at people who cannot easily get to the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills (like me!). If you know what you want, igourmet.com is an excellent source for pretty much any reasonably available cheese. True it's a bit more expensive (especially due to the shipping costs), but its selection is excellent and its customer service outstanding...they totally stand behind everything they sell. I've purchased from them several times and have always had an A+ experience. Check out their website, it's pretty amazing what they all have!
All great suggestions already mentioned. Depending where you are located:
Westwood: Jenny at Wally's Wine
Beverly HIlls: Norbert at BH Cheese
Third Street: Joan's on Third
Silverlake: Chris at The Cheese Store of Silverlake
I haven't been to Andrew's in Santa Monica yet, but that is also an option.
In Silverlake, I like Say Cheese on Hyperion. At the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax Monseur Marcell has a good selection.
I second Beverly Hills Cheese Store. Best in the city, and maybe one of the best in the country for quality, selection, and service. (service can be a bit snobby, but by nice and make it seem like you're buying tons of cheese. they'll be happy)