Where to find high end cheeses and cured meats (PHX)
Hi, we live in the EV, but my husband works up in Arcadia. We're constantly trying to find places to find high end soft cheeses - Humboldt Fog, European creamy cheeses - and really awesome cured pork and beef products (Prosciutto, Coppa, etc). Currently we just hit AJ's but am somewhat disappointed in their selection. We also stop by LGO on 40th St - they have a few good ones.
Are there any other REALLY great delis, or high end small markets where we can get this kinda stuff?
Thanks so much!
EDIT - For that matter, what restaurants have the best cheese or meat plates? My GF's and I like to stop at Caffe Boa (Tempe) for cheese & meat, and sometimes I drag my neighbors or husband to Cork (Chandler) for cheese and wine. I recently heard Quiessence (sp?) had a great cheese selection but am unsure if this is at the restaurant or sold retail?
hey all... back from a few months away, had to reply.
so, whilst I was away, I had the honor, and i don't use that term lightly, of finding sid wainer's. people had talked about it for a while, but i'd never quite made it over there. i finally did a few weeks ago and i swear, i could have kicked myself for not going sooner.
sid wainers is in new bedford, ma, which is pretty much a hole. a shallow one. but their one shining star is this relatively small gourmet warehouse with amazing items you generally wouldn't find in one place. Though there is always food out to taste from their chefs, on saturdays you can basically eat your way through the place. not just eat... no, on the day i visited there was the most ridiculous spinach and artichoke dip, pork tasso in couscous, and duck confit on truffled potatoes, tomato cream soup, a number of different coffees and juices, and artichoke paste. just you know.. to sample. it was a tuesday.
the crown jewel of sid wainers is the cheese room, which is larger than my house and is manned by a lovely woman who looks like the abominable snowman, who will graciously serve you a taste of ANY cheese you want. When i say any, remember this is 1800 sq feet of cheese. racks and racks of cheese you've never heard of. i left with 80$ of cheese, including the most ridiculous Roquefort you've ever tasted and a brie that i swear had opiates in it, as well as a sheep's milk that you could pretty much eat with a fork and knife and call it a day.
I could go on about the produce room, where i had my choice of colored baby fingerlings and beets a golden color i've never seen before, but instead will just tell you that sid wainers happily ships overnight. if you're flying in and out of providence or boston for any reason, they are a must on your way out of town. lovely, lovely staff who are genuinely pleased to help you with anything.
Not really what you're looking for in terms of high end, but I just came from the Fresh and Easy on Ray in Chandler and there was a bunch of cheese in the half price cooler this afternoon. I picked up some Cambozola, Champignon, Drunken Goat and an aged gouda all at a big bargain. Nothing overly unique but still at half price I was happy to grab them.
They were out of Prosciutto di Parma(they have a hard time keeping that in stock it seems) but I did see Coppa and Bresaola today.
There aren't any really good cheese shops here....not a big fan of Cheuvront. Maybe I'll go back and give them a second chance...could have been an off night. Their wine and cheese festival is Saturday afternoon.
If you are going to ship in...try Valley Wine and Cheese. It's the best cheese shop we've found in the southwest. Owned and operated by a knowledgeable couple....great salume and gourmet items as well. Or just stop in if you are headed up to Vegas....thats what we do. Actually...it's usually worth the trip just for the store...there is a great resort/spa down the road and we make a weekend out of it.
I also second Artisnal Cheese from NYC. Great caliber cheeses...wonderfully skilled affinuers...you are just not able to see the cheese before you buy it...but I trust them.
If we planned on staying in the Valley longer than we are...we would def. open up a shop.
Valley Cheese & Wine
1770 West Horizon Ridge Parkway, Las Vegas, NV
I agree - great cheese at Cheuvront.
Also, this isn't local - but Artisinal Cheese in NY just lowered their shipping rate; for example, up to $75 is only $8.99. They have a well-organized website and 200+ cheeses to choose from. For a recent Italian dinner party, I ordered Caciotta, Taleggio, Gorgonzola Piccante, and Toma Maccagno. Shipped overnight and packed in a well-insulated package with cool packs, for $8.99 my first-time shipment included a free sample (French banon) and a $15 gift certificate.
Regarding salumi, the last time I was at Whole Foods in Scottsdale and asked about items they didn't carry (bresaola, prosciutto cotto, etc), they suggested checking a place called Guido's. I haven't been yet, however.
Guido's Chicago Meat & Deli
10893 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 121, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
I had been wondering the same thing myself.... When I google 'cheese shop Phoenix' I come up with Cheese N Stuff (which I think is a sandwich shop based on previous posts) & Duck & Decantur. Anyone have experience with either?
I'm currently shopping for cheese at Whole Foods in Tempe. They have the best selection I have found.
Isn't there a cheesemonger's wife that can point us in the right direction?
Duck & Decanter is a usually good (ridiculously popular) sandwich place with a decent wine cave. They do have some fun meats and cheeses (as well as other "gourmet" grocery items), but they wouldn't be your best bet for true cheese shopping. They are worth a visit - tho I'd not recommend trying to get in there around noon on a weekday!
Maggie, Whole Foods in Chandler has a pretty decent cheese selection. I've heard that the Tempe WF has an even better cheese dept. The Chandler shop usually has Humbolt Fog (as well as my new fave from Cypress Hill, Truffle Tremor), Rogue Hill cheeses, at least 10-12 assorted bleu's (Roaring 40's, various rocquefort, last trip I found a bleu from Beaujolais), various ages of manchego, gouda, etc.
I've given up on AJ's as their cheese selection has really tanked.