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Mar 14, 2009 01:03 PM

Has anyone been to the new cheese shop in OT, Alexandria? La Fromagerie

I was just wondering if anyone has been to the new cheese shop on King Street yet? Any recs?

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  1. I don't think it's open yet? I was by there a week ago and It wasn't open.

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    1. re: ChewFun

      No, I think it is open. I friend of mine was walking on King Street with her dog and she said it was open. I hope the prices are decent. There is Cheesetique in del ray, but I find it a little bit overpriced for some of their selection.

      1. re: Smiles2008

        I just went in there. It is still a very empty space so I do not know how much more they are planning on stocking. There is a wall space that has racks and it says something about the wine coming soon. There is a cheese cooler that seems to have only local cheese (maybe 15 varieties). There is a cooler in the front that has some cured meats (speck, sausage, bacon, etc.). There is also an open cooler that has local yogurt, fresh cheese, as well as "Trickling Springs" chocolate milk, whole milk, and 2%. I would say they are about 20 oz bottles for $2.50.

        1. re: daves_32

          Hey there,

          My name is Sebastien. I am the owner of La Fromagerie on King Street. I just want to update everybody and explain what La Fromagerie is all about.
          We showcase American Farmstead cheeses and we are proud of our selection of local ones. We carry a selection of about 60 cheeses and rotate them on a regular basis, so that our customers can try a new one everytime they come in.
          Farmstead cheese means a cheese that is made on the farm using the milk of their own animals. We try to support all these farms by buying directly from them. We also sell cheeses and dairy products from independent and reputable creameries around the country.

          We also have a selection of about 20 meats (incl. salamis, prosciuttos, coppa, etc...) We are proud to offer products from companies such as La Quercia, Creminelli Fine Meats. We also buy directly from small producers such as Salumeria Biellese in NYC (making Italian style charcuterie since 1925)

          Finally, we carry farm fresh dairy products: eggs, butter and milk in glass bottles from Trickling Springs Creamery, PA. (available in both quarts and half gallon) as well as the popular yogurts from Blue Ridge Dairy

          Hope this will give you a better idea of what La Fromagerie is all about
          See you soon in Old Town

          1. re: daves_32

            agreed, very empty. I went in 2 weeks ago and was the only person in the store but the man behind the counter didnt even look up from his paper to say hello or offer to help. I wouldnt go back, Cowgirl Cremery has a better selection and helpful staff

            1. re: anunez

              I too have had the same experience at least a couple of times. I have noticed a lady and a gentleman both have been in their own worlds when I have entered. Definite lack of customer service. And the place is pretty empty. I would recommend Butcher's Block!

              1. re: Smiles2008

                it would do sebastien well to look at this thread.

                1. re: alkapal

                  He either 1) cares about customers' views and will come back or 2) doesn't and won't stay in business long.

                  FWIW, I love the service I get at Cheesetique, though I haven't been since they've opened their new location so it's been a while.

                  1. re: chowser

                    I can tell you from several recent visits - at Cheesetique, they still help you knowledgeably and enthusiastically. One feels like a welcome friend (even if your knowledge of cheese is as shallow as mine).

              2. re: anunez

                I thought that the shop owners were friendly enough, although admittedly they are not as salesmansy as the folks at the Butcher Block. Lately, La Fromagerie has been our go-to place for prosciutto, guanciale, fresh mozz, french bread and beer (have a fair offering and price, according to my husband who is a beer freak). We had a bad experience with milk there, though, it went bad within two days. They do have less items for sale than Butcher Block (it doesn't have yummy sandwiches like BB, for example; or pork belly (!)), but we have not encountered the unhelpful staff that others have been talking about. When we asked them questions or asked for help, I don't sense a reluctance to answer or offer help.

        2. My friend had a party with local wine, beer and cheese. La Fromagerie made a beautiful cheese platter with some delicious local cheeses for the event. I highly recommend it.