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Cheese Curds, Squeaky Cheese

dmjanke Mar 2, 2011 08:35 AM

New to Chowhound! I thought this might be the best way to find cheese curds in the greater Los Angeles/Long Beach area. Originally from the Northwest (Portland, Oregon), but currently live in Venice, CA. I've had a craving for Cheese curds and I just can't seem to find them at grocery stores. I just don't think they are as popular as a food item down here. Perhaps there's a cheese market somewhere in the region where I can find them at a semi-affordable price?

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  1. sku RE: dmjanke Mar 2, 2011 08:38 AM

    Welcome to Chowhound! You're right that cheese curds are not big here. The only place I've seen them as at the Spring Hill Cheese stand at the Sunday Hollywood Farmers Market (they may be at other farmers markets as well).

    Hollywood Farmers Market
    1600 Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

    1. Kitchen Queen RE: dmjanke Mar 2, 2011 09:33 AM

      Try Trader Joes. I've seen them there. Maybe this place has them:

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        dmjanke RE: Kitchen Queen Mar 2, 2011 02:08 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions!

        Hopefully the cheese store will stock curds or at least know the right place to get them. I might just have to give in and have them mailed from another state.

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        mdpilam RE: dmjanke Mar 2, 2011 02:14 PM

        I had been looking for them for a while too (originally from MN), and the only ones I found at the FM were not very good.

        Order from here:


        I co-sign, except for the fact they are "Cheeseheads".

        1. DrBruin RE: dmjanke Mar 2, 2011 07:42 PM

          There is a cheese vendor at the Torrance Farmer's Market that usually carries them. Semi-affordable is relative.

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            ukuleleleslie RE: dmjanke May 8, 2011 01:58 PM

            Spring Hill Cheese at the Santa Monica Farmer's market on Saturday at the Promenade and on Sunday at Main St. sell cheese curds for $5-6.

            Main St Cafe
            450 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

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              maudies5 RE: ukuleleleslie May 8, 2011 08:43 PM

              Cheese curds also available at the other Saturday Farmer's market at Pico and Cloverfield

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                darrelll RE: maudies5 May 9, 2011 12:18 PM

                Make them yourself. A gallon of inexpensive whole milk and some rennet and perhaps some calcium chloride. I tried a couple of the poutine dishes at Soleil in Westwood and those use cheese curds and were delicious. I had the poutine with the filet mignon and mushrooms as well as the poutine with Merguez sausage... both dishes were awesome! We had these poutines with their monthly bouillabaise weekend special.

                1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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                  DrBruin RE: darrelll Jul 3, 2011 10:23 AM

                  I enjoyed the poutine from the Frysmith truck.

                  Mobile truck, Los Angeles, CA

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