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Best Cheese Shop in LA?

philking Oct 25, 2008 09:10 AM

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?

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    bllrdfam RE: philking Oct 25, 2008 10:18 AM

    The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills (http://www.cheesestorebh.com/


    Also do a search on LA Chowhound - you will find other discussions

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      Emme RE: bllrdfam Oct 25, 2008 11:33 PM

      concur... boy this place smells... cheese-y. but the staff is really knowledgable and helpful, and though not necessarily for you, certainly keen on sampling. easy to park in the public lot for two hours free too.

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      Obessed RE: philking Oct 25, 2008 11:29 AM

      Agree to do a search - this topic has been discussed many times.

      In addition to CSBH, I'd recommend Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City.

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        Das Ubergeek RE: Obessed Oct 28, 2008 09:28 AM

        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.

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        josephnl RE: philking Oct 28, 2008 11:21 AM

        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!

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          alli411 RE: philking Oct 28, 2008 01:05 PM

          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.

          Hollywood: Froma

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            Juji RE: philking Oct 28, 2008 02:15 PM

            Not a traditional cheese store, but I bought some great cheeses a couple of weeks ago at Bay Cities in Santa Monica. The Grano Padano was a big crowd pleaser.

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              hobomike RE: Juji Oct 28, 2008 03:01 PM

              Doesn't Surfas carry some cheese too?

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                a213b RE: hobomike Oct 28, 2008 03:08 PM

                Yes. Not as great a selection as at the other places mentioned, but they do carry a few good ones.

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                  cinzia RE: a213b Oct 28, 2008 05:59 PM

                  though some great options, it's what they have, when they have it. i've rarely found the same cheese in the case twice.

            2. rednyellow RE: philking Oct 28, 2008 03:28 PM

              In Silverlake, I like Say Cheese on Hyperion. At the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax Monseur Marcell has a good selection.

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                risottoman RE: philking Oct 28, 2008 05:04 PM

                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)

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