So do they just not have good buffalo mozz and super sharp cheddar in SF? :(
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.
ps- cole valley/haight located however willing to travel!
You said you want super fresh, so avoid Costco. They do have some excellent cheeses, but I tried the buffalo mozzarella once and found it old and mushy (I gave most of it to the dogs, and they loved it). Cheeseboard and Cowgirl Creamery are the best sources of first class cheeses (you will pay a premium, of course), and Trader Joe's offers some best buys on sharp Canadian and Irish cheddars. TJ doesn't have buffalo mozzarella, but they have a big turnover and I don't recall ever being disspointed by the freshness of the cow milk mozzarella.
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.
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.
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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.
I can't say for sure, but Cowgirl Creamery in the Ferry Building (cowgirlcreamery.com) 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.
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
1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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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.
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