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Dec 21, 2008 08:31 PM

So do they just not have good buffalo mozz and super sharp cheddar in SF? :(

Hello hounds,

Recently moved to Cole Valley from NYC and am missing my ambles around the neighborhood to pick up these two dietary staples. Both cheese shops in my neighborhood do NOT CARRY buffalo mozz, which makes me extremely crestfallen.

Perhaps being in NY, we had better access to Vermont & upstate sharp cheddars.

Can anyone please recommend somewhere to get super fresh buffalo mozz and excellent cheddars? I will be greatly indebted.

Kind Regards,
corgi lover
ps- cole valley/haight located however willing to travel!

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  1. Get a Costco card. They have both buffalo mozzarela and some NY/VT cheddars, notably Yanceys and Cabot, including a Cabot 3-year old that's one of the best aged cheddars anywhere.

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    1. re: Xiao Yang

      I very strongly second this. The local Costcos have some amazingly good cheeses for prices you won't find anywhere else. The Richmond location (across the bay, but I've seen it in other bay area locations as well) has had this amazing English Coastal Cheddar for well over a year that is to die for and I have a hunk of the Cabot in my fridge as well.

      This isn't cheese, but they even had Three Little Pigs truffle paté when I was there a week ago... Good stuff.

      1. re: Xiao Yang

        Ditto this. I have some of the Cabot 3 year Cheddar at home right now that I bought at Costco. So good.

      2. I can't say for sure, but Cowgirl Creamery in the Ferry Building ( has a massive variety of superb cheeses and their associates are very, very knowledgeable. They have cheeses from all over the world, and you can sample anything you want before you buy it. Might want to give them a call.

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        1. re: jdinsf

          They definitely have fresh mozzarela and sharp, aged cheddars.

          Also there are smaller cheese merchants who are at the Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building on Saturdays who carry some really excellent local aged cheddars.

          Two other good options:

          - multiple shops and delis in North Beach carry fresh mozzarela

          - Lucca on Valencia has very good fresh cheeses as well

          Lucca Ravioli
          1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        2. You really can't find excellent cheddar at Say Cheese? They can be friendly or snarky depending on who is helping you but they definitely have good selection. Also try Rainbow Grocery or Whole Foods. There's plenty of great cheese in SF, we certainly don't have good pastrami but cheese we got.

          Rainbow Grocery
          1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Say Cheese
          856 Cole St, San Francisco, CA

          Whole Foods Market
          450 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA

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          1. re: virtualguthrie

            As one who grew up at ground zero of the NY/VT/PQ/ON cheese "terroir," I can sympathize with the OP. We have plenty of soft cheeses. goat cheeses, California cheeses and Euro cheeses but very few from the homelands of our American cheddar heritage. I love Rainbow, which has reasonable prices compared to places like Cowgirl and an amazing number of cheeses crammed into a small display area, but you won't find cheese from producers who use traditional animal rennet there.

            1. re: Xiao Yang

              Hey, Rainbow Grocery Co-op's cheese buyer here. We do actually carry cheese with animal rennet. It is one of the exceptions that makes us not a "vegetarian" store, but a store that doesn't carry meat or most animal products.

              Thanks for the compliments!

          2. Cheese Plus.

            Cheese Plus
            2001 Polk St, San Francisco, CA

            1. What are the two cheeseshops you tried? There are a few in that area, but I'm not sure these are the shops you tried.

              It is in not in SF, but it is worth your while to make a trip to Berkeley for Cheeseboard. When I lived in SF, my weekly Saturday trek was to Berkeley Bowl for produce, followed by the Cheeseboard for my cheddar cheese roll, cheese and a slice of their California pizza.

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