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chocolate4health Apr 2, 2010 05:23 PM

I have been craving cheesy goodness since watching FoodNetwork's best thing I ever ate - cheese. What are some of your suggestions? Thanks

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  1. JasmineG Apr 2, 2010 05:26 PM

    The grilled cheese sandwich at Hog Island is pretty fantastic. The burrata at A16. The gougeres from Tartine.

    2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

    1. wolfe Apr 2, 2010 06:26 PM

      For cheese sandwiches with bacon, Awful Annies in Auburn and Dillons Bakery(on jalapeño corn bread) in Vallejo. For home consumption Seal Bay Triple Cream Brie on a sweet baguette.

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      1. re: wolfe
        Mission Apr 3, 2010 10:25 AM

        This might taste good...if you can finish it before the heart attack.

        KFC's Bacon and cheese On Fried Chicken "Bread"


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        MaddyK Apr 5, 2010 08:58 AM

        I love the grilled cheese from Hog Island too! Also, they aren't overly cheesy but they are delish - the flatbread pizzas at NOPA.

        I don't know how accurate the ratings are, but SF Magazine just highlighted a bunch of grilled cheese sandwiches at restaurants in the area so if you like grilled cheese - might be worth picking up an issue.

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          bobpantzer Apr 5, 2010 09:44 AM

          Yes, I think the Hog Island version is just about my favorite. There's a restaurant named Paragon, in SOMA, that has a nice version served with tomato soup. You can add ham or bacon to it, if you want. Somewhere a few months ago I read that there was going to be a restaurant in South Park named Great American Grilled Cheese Shop (or something like that). Anyone heard any more about that?

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            lexdevil Apr 5, 2010 10:30 AM

            My home made (but locally sourced) grilled cheese is probably my family's favorite meal of the moment. Thin slices of Cowgirl Creamery's Wagon Wheel with Blue Chair's Early Girl Tomato Preserves on a good quality sliced sourdough (usually Bay Bread or Artisan). Substitutions are allowed (and tasty), but this combination is the ne plus ultra of grilled cheese goodness.

            Cowgirl Creamery
            80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

            Bay Bread
            2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

            Artisan Bakers
            720 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

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              farmersdaughter Apr 5, 2010 12:26 PM

              Sounds delish! Tell me more about the Blue Chair Early Girl Tomato Preserves. Is it a local product and where did you get it? Great idea for a grilled cheese sandwich.

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                wolfe Apr 5, 2010 02:07 PM

                I see the Blue Chair at Temescal Market on Sundays.

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                  lexdevil Apr 5, 2010 05:20 PM

                  That's where I get mine. She is also at Grand Lake FM, and a few stores. She's currently got an Early Girl Tomato & Raspberry Jam at the market stands, though I use her plain tomato in my sandwiches. I think the raspberry variety might not be so good with the Wagon Wheel, but I might try it sometime on a goat cheese sandwich.

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                    skwid Apr 6, 2010 09:02 AM

                    Blue Chair makes something like 50 different jams/marmalades (although not all are available all the time). They are at some local farmers markets (Temescal and Lake Merritt being two) and you can order online from their website www.bluechairfruit.com. There is a list of places where you can purchase their wares which is more extensive than I would have thought. I will say that you pay a couple of bucks extra at stores than at the farmers markets (their stuff is expensive). Btw, they have started a program where if you give them back 12 jars they give you a free jelly.

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            anaxgorous Apr 5, 2010 12:16 PM

            Besides the sandwiches mentioned here, probably the lobster & burrata salad at Bar Crudo; often served with beets or tomatoes when in season. A perfect pairing.

            Bar Crudo
            655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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              vulber Apr 5, 2010 02:38 PM

              The cheese plate at Willi's Wine Bar is outstanding. Yes, it's all cheese that's easily available for purchase in the bay area, but their pairings are extremely innovative, like a truffle honey with a local blue cheese, which tasted incredible

              Willi's Wine Bar
              4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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                Ridge Apr 5, 2010 08:23 PM

                The current batches of epoisse (an amazing French cheese) have been really good. It’s very gooey, runny and full flavored. Paired with a crusty baguette it’s a sublime cheesy experience.

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                  wolfe Apr 6, 2010 06:52 AM

                  Here's a dish I want to try, it seems pricey but sounds delicious.

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                souvenir Apr 6, 2010 09:32 AM

                The very first time I had the macaroni gratin at Angele in Napa, I thought it was one of the best macaroni and cheese dishes I'd ever had. Since then I've periodically had it, and while it doesn't always hit that same height, it was the first thing to come to mind when I read your post.

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                  Agent 510 Apr 6, 2010 07:57 PM

                  I liked the Acme Bread cheese sandwich - Cowgirl Creamery triple creme brie and fig jam with arugula on an Acme baguette. It's available on weekends at the Ferry Building farmer's market.

                  I also quite like the grilled cheese at the Pasta Shop on 4th St. in Berkeley. It's pretty simple - sharp cheddar and green onions on sourdough grilled in a panini press - but it's quite good.

                  Acme Bread
                  1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

                  Cowgirl Creamery
                  80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

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                    Mick Ruthven Apr 6, 2010 10:56 PM

                    One of my guilty pleasures is the cheese roll at the Cheese Board in Berkeley. It's pretty much over the top with cheese.

                    The Cheese Board
                    1512 Shattuck Ave
                    Berkeley, CA 94709
                    (510) 549-3183

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                      Melanie Wong Apr 7, 2010 12:21 AM

                      Cheeseboard is one word. Here's the existing record for it in the database.

                      The new Arizmendi opened in San Rafael yesterday.

                      1002 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94915

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                      bobpantzer Apr 7, 2010 02:08 PM

                      Just saw on SFEater that The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen is shooting for a May 1st opening in 1 South Park, at the corner of Second Street.

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                        Melanie Wong Apr 7, 2010 03:17 PM

                        Here's the website: http://www.theamericansf.com/

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