Mission Cheese, SF in the Mission opened 4/13/11- any reports?
- hhc Apr 16, 2011 10:44 PM
Mission Cheese opened Wed 4/13/11 - any reports from the hounds?
They have mac & cheese, sandwiches, and hopefully soon 45 cheeses, tastings, classes, etc.
Sarah Dvorak, owner, favorite cheeses from Q&A blog post: "Kunik. It’s from New York and is a triple cream made from goat’s and cow’s milk. Another one is the Dunbarton Blue from Wisconsin, a cow’s-milk cheddar with a touch of blue."
736 Valencia, SF
Hrs: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
I went Friday, their 2nd day, at about 6:00 p.m., there was one couple having a cheese plate, with Sara herself slicing and divulging her knowledge, and another lone diner at a table. i I bought a quarter pound (smallest slice you can boy) of the Goat Gouda from Central Coast Creamery in Paso Robles. We liked it very much, nutty, sweet, not as strong as others i've had that I've liked better (thinking of Beemster, more caramel-y, crystally) - $18 a lb. The cheeses are broken up categories: Fresh &Clean, Like Butter, Smooth & Earthy, Sweet & Nutty, Cheddar, Blue, and Stinky & Delicious. I've decided to try a cheese a week. (although i can't be trusted not to indulge more often.) prices range from $39 (Boho Bel from Sebastopol) to $12.5 for a Cirrus from Port Townsend. For me, the prices are high (not in comparison to other cheesemongers, just for me) but I love that she's opened this place, in the Mission, and i love that they'll have wine. Great addition to the neighborhood. thanks for posting this, hhc, i meant to ....
Last week we had the Grayson cow's milk from VA - awesomely stinky, kept blooming and blooming through every bite. $26./lb. I'm only buying 1/4 lb. each time.
Today I was going to go for broke and get the Capriago goat - $39./lb., but one of the very nice guys behind the counter wasn't sure they had any left, didn't want to give me the wrong thing, and Sarah, the owner, was out making a delivery. it was fine, i was in a bit of a hurry, i'll try it some other time. (although, the other nice cheeseboy said they get new stuff in almost every day, making my job of trying a cheese a week that much more interesting.) instead, i got the Queso de Mano, a raw milk goat, from Haystack Mountain of Colorado - $30./lb. - which was in the "smooth and earthy" category. it was actually quite nutty, sweet, tho smooth in texture (not crystal-y.)
The place is busy every time i walk by. going to have to have a sit-down there, with wine, myself one of these days.
re: Robert Lauriston
I've been here for lunch once. Really good sandwich but not the best grilled cheese sandwich I've ever had. Each sandwich is made of artisan whole grain bread, various cheeses, and comes with a nicely dressed salad of organic lettuces. Nice selection of craft beers, too.
If you're in nearby, it's a good place to stop in for a quick lunch.