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Dec 5, 2009 07:45 AM

DTW: Cheese Shop?

Anyone able to recommend a cheese shop with a *knowledgable* staff?

... that also shaves small samples?


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  1. I have had terrific luck at the Plum Market on Lasher. There was a young lady of about 50-60 years of age that walked (shaved) me down many roads and knows what she is talking about. It has been at least 6 months since I have been at that location....I hope she is still an asset over there.

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    1. re: JanPrimus


      None of the map sites list a location on Lahser. Are you certain it was Lahser?

      1. re: JanPrimus

        Stopped by this afternoon. Counter was staffed by a 20-something male. While
        he was certainly friendly enough, he was not particularly knowledgable.

        I asked about the work sched for a 50-60-something woman ... no info. I'll try
        again during the week.

        1. re: rainsux

          I dropped in today to pick up a hefty amount of cheese (About 7 different kinds) for the holidays but I did not see my original cheese monger. They did give me samples of anything I asked for, but I think I may have ended up with the same 20 something you did.

          Also I think I have turned into a Gouda addict. The five year old Gouda at Papa Joe's being my favorite. Sparrow in AA had a good 4 year old, too bad but Plum only had a 3 year old today that while delicious was not as good at the 5 year old.

      2. Try one of the Papa Joe's gourmet groceries in Birmingham or Rochester Hills.

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        1. re: Wakeley Bridge

          I was at the Birmingham location last week and while they had out a good amount of samples (including a great 5 year old Gouda)...they did not have anyone to slice off a taste for anyone. They do have a decent selection though.

          Also we can not forget Zingerman's....I believe they will let you sample the cheeses.

          1. re: JanPrimus

            Papa Joe's used to slice off a piece for tasting and I agree with JanPrimus, lately there hasn't been anyone around to help with that...possibly they have cut back on staff at the Birmingham location. I was at Zingerman's last month and they not only were very knowledgeable, but they let us taste at least three different cheeses.

            1. re: grouper

              Has anyone heard what happened to Papa Joe's plan to open a store in Novi? It has been over a year since I have heard anything...wonder if the project is scraped or just on hold.


          1. re: momskitchen

            A trip to AA may be worth your while. Zingerman's definitely offers samples. They also have the new Zingerman's Creamery in a warehouse on the edge of town, featuring their own cheeses. M&Y is good (haven't actually asked them for samples, but I think they'd offer them), and the new Whole Foods on Eisenhower has a huge cheese counter. They will definitely let you taste.

          2. It's been awhile since I've been, but the R Hirt Jr. Co. in Detroit is great. You do need to buy in minimum wt though, I think at least 1 lb. Here's a link to reviews for them.


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            1. re: chowchowbrowncow

              I have snuck out a half pound of Feta out of them this summer. :)

              I would avoid doing tasting during the summer weekends though....that is more of a cattle herding type of shopping experience. Off summer hours are so much nicer.

              They also have got great jars for making vinegar. You can get the "Mother" over at the health food place in the Gratiot Mall across the walkway. Just get the Vinegar called Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (It has the mother already in it) and use it as a starter.

              1. re: chowchowbrowncow

                In the feta and mozzerella dept. they will do half a pound. The smallest you can get of the other cheeses is a short pound. Also, the quality of your experience depends on who is serving you. Some of the staff are happy to give out lots of samples and give recommendations and others aren't; its the luck of the draw.

                1. re: interplanetjanet

                  This is my experience too. It's worthwhile but quirky.