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Apr 27, 2010 08:53 AM

Spanish Cheese: What are some good shops?

I will be making a spanish cheese platter this weekend and before I went driving all over town, I was wondering what cheese shops in either SF or Berkeley have the best selections. Also, if you have suggestions on what makes a good spanish cheese platter (marcona almonds, quince?) that would be much appreciated.

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  1. The Cheese Board in Berkeley and Farmstead in Oakland have good selections of Spanish cheeses.

    Spanish Table has only vacuum-sealed chunks.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Farmstead Cheeses and Wines, in addition to having a good selection of Spanish cheeses, will have good ideas on how to put a cheese platter together (they also carry marcona almonds and other stuff to go with the cheeses). Two locations, one in Alameda, one in Montclair.

      Farmstead Cheeses & Wines
      1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

      Farmstead Cheeses and Wines
      6218 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA

    2. The Pasta Shop in the Fourth Street complex in Berkeley usually has a good selection.

      Pasta Shop
      1786 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

      1. Another thouht is adding some locally made Spanish-style cheses from Bodega & Yerba Santa Goat Cheese and see how they compare. They sell at the Sat Ferry Plaza market

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        1. re: rworange

          Are they Spanish or Latin American? Not really the same thing.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Somerare Latin American and some are Spanish-style

            1. re: rworange

              I like Grazalema Payoyo and bought some at Cheese Board Berkeley.

        2. In San Francisco proper, Rainbow Grocery has the best selection of Spanish cheeses I have encountered. They take good care of the cheeses and have containers of membrillo right there in the cooler, marconas nearby. Honey and olives would also be good for the plate, depending on which cheeses you choose.

          Rainbow Grocery
          1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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          1. re: PersnicketyChicky

            Thank you everyone! I went to Rainbow and yes they do have a great selection of spanish cheeses and as always, the staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Also picked up membrillo and anise flavored tortas to go with.