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Anyone know of a good cheese shop in LA or OC areas? I'm looking for a good selection of various cheeses, open to tasting samples is a plus. Thanks

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  1. In Los Angeles County, I would say the best is the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, followed by the Cheese Store of Silverlake. The proprietor of the Cheese Store of Silverlake trained at the B.H. venue. They aren't formally affiliated, but both have excellent standards, and offer samples.

    The link for the Cheese Store of Silverlake, with address, etc., is here:

    http://www.cheesestoresl.com/

    The link for the B.H. store is below.

    Link: http://www.cheesestorebh.com/

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    1. re: DanaB

      If you're in the Valley, your destination is the Artisan Cheese Gallery -- after a rocky start it seems to have improved dramatically, both in terms of selection of cheeses and in knowledge of the cheeses.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek
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        Foodie Universe

        I haven't been to the Beverly Hills or Silverlake cheese shops, but I did like the Artisan Cheese Gallery. They give you samples of everything, and I was very happy with the cheeses I bought. Prices were reasonable as well, especially since you can buy whatever size chunk of cheese suits you. The woman who helped me was kind of snobbish, but the other employees I observed seemed friendly.

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          Dogbite Williams

          I liked the taste of the Spanish goat cheese I bought at the Artisan Cheese Gallery, but it was $24.50 per pound.

        2. re: Das Ubergeek

          Thank you two very much, exactly what I was looking for!

      2. While I agree with DanaB re the Cheese Store of BH and of Silverlake, I now get my cheese from Monsieur Marcel at Farmer's Market (tucked in a little corner, it's a real find). They have cheese by the truckload, and only buy the best. They give you samples (unlike the stingy folks in Silverlake) and, best of all as far as I am concerned, Monsieur Marcel has a cafe attached to the cheese and gourmet food shop where you can stop for a lunch / dinner of delicious quiche, soup, salad or other. I highly recommend both the store and the cafe.

        As a side note: Monsieur Marcel is less expensive for the same cheese varieties than either Cheese Store (BH or Silverlake). They also have some really terrific, very affordable wines if you want something to go with your cheese...

        Monsieur Marcel
        6333 W 3rd St
        Los Angeles, CA 90036
        (323) 939-7792
        Cross Street: Fairfax Avenue

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        1. re: Nina

          Oh i'll have to check out Monsieur Marcel next time I go to the Farmer's Market. I must have not noticed it before.

          1. re: I'm Hungry!

            I gotta say, that I don't go to marcel anymore b/c the cheeses I've gotten there haven't been in good shape. I also wasn't happy with the service. I have found that BH maintains the highest standards with their cheeses and they have a far far larger selection than either other store. I liked Say Cheese in Silverlake as well, but their selection is tiny.

          2. re: Nina

            I don't think that price comparison always holds between the two stores. The last time I was at MM the prices were very high for several popular but industrial cheeses. They were not good value, nor where meats or sausage.

            1. re: Nina

              I'm very surprised to see this recommendation. My experience with cheese at monsieur marcel has been less than gratifying. The service has little to no knowledge and they are relatively slow to respond. They did not offer a sample unless prodded, which should never happen at a proper cheese store. Their prices were roughly in line with other stores in the area. And their greatest transgression... they mingled their blue cheeses with non-blue cheeses. Consider the blue cheese to be the fox and the other cheeses to be the chickens and you'll get an accurate picture of the ensuing tragedy. Frankly, their handling and serving of cheese was very amateurish.

              They had many other nice things at the store, especially in the wine section. Their cheeses, however, are a different story.

              1. re: glutton

                i buy most of my cheeses ast monsieur marcel mostly when this young twenty something guy is working. he knows his cheese. the other people that work there, i can't comment.

            2. Say Cheese has a nice assortment.

              Located at: 2800 Hyperion in Los Angeles

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              1. I like the Artisan Cheese Gallery on Ventura in Studio City. They'll let you sample whatever, and they have hundreds of cheeses. Mmmmmmmmmmm triple cream....yummy, montgomery cheddar, and who can turn down a good piece of Amish cheese? Stilton?

                Oh golly.

                Link: http://www.artisancheesegallery.net/

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                1. re: Diana

                  By the way, the site is still sort of under construction!

                2. I second and third the Silverlake Say Cheese store. It's terrific, and right in the midst of chowhound grocery heaven next to Gelson's and Trader's.

                  I can't agree with the Artisan Cheese Gallery rec., though. I find thei selection weird, the service weird and often uninformed, the prices high, and the store strangely empty of other stuff. I have been there three or four times now and each time I leave shaking my head.