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Nov 13, 2011 12:37 PM

Gourmet & more - Great new speciality store - Hayes Valley SF.

I just stopped by this 1 week old spot in San Francisco - it's foodie Paradise!

Not the mecca of food porn like the ferry building but pretty close for a small space (the parking is better too). The selection of cheese, sauage, bread, Foie Gras, procuitto, duck, mustard olive oil etc... was very impressive. The costs seemed very reasonable as well.

I could not find a website for them as they're so new, but the address is 141 Gough st.(btwn Page & Oak) in hayes valley - just a few doors up from Chow. A very easy walk from easy block and half walk from The Fatted Calf in Hayes Valley.

Stop by support them (very nice folks as well).

Fatted Calf
320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  1. I find it hilarious that this place has a sign out front for macarons. Like Hayes Valley needs more macaron shops! (Miette, Boulange, Chantal Guillon).

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    1. re: boxcar_sf

      go inside and check it out - you'll be impressed

      1. re: boxcar_sf

        I can tell you right now that L'Artisan macarons put Miette and Boulange to shame, and are even better than Chantal Guillon. These are easily the best macarons in SF, and one of the most original in the country. You might be laughing, but I'm sure the others didn't find it very amusing when they landed blocks away.

        Here are some pics from a couple of weeks ago. They were open but still putting signage up. Richard in the cheese room was very knowledgeable. I thinks it's going to be pretty cool when it's finished.

      2. thanks for the info! checked it out today and I liked the spaece too.

        i bought some frozen croissant dough-- we will see. the idea of having fresh croissants at home sounds decadent.

        I am definitely going to check out the cheese room one day. there were two people in there today so it looked crowded. would love to hear anyone's experience with the selection.

        funny about the macaroon comments. they have a small case there of macaroons.

        1. I randomly stopped in here after walking by a few days ago and was very impressed. The owners are also importers / distributors of french goods to restaurants in the area so the selection and prices are great. Because of this, they can carry a much more expansive inventory of cheese than you would expect in a small shop.

          The cheese room was a bit cold to conduct tasting inside, but the staff was friendly and happy to cut-to-order any size cuts. They bring in a lot of Xavier David cheeses and French goat cheeses I haven't seen elsewhere. All 3 of the cheeses I bought (XD roquefort, comte, and a fresh goat pyramid) were perfectly ripe and clearly well-stored and taken care of. Since they are a French importer, a majority of the selection is French (with some Spanish and Italian).

          They also cut and sell fresh baked bread by the lb from a nearby bakery.

          As you can tell I'm very excited about this new shop a few blocks from home -- I'll be back often.

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          1. re: tomotsu

            Just going by the name, is the importer/distribution company Gourmet & More in San Leandro? It operates Le Village, which used to be open for warehouse sales a few times a year to retail customers.

            Gourmet & More
            141 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA

            Gourmet & More
            2976 Alvarado St, San Leandro, CA 94577

          2. My husband is a huge cheese snob (he's French). We stopped by today and he was like a kid in a candy store. We got a funky brie fermier that rivals raw milk versions I've had in Paris, we also got Salers, an aged Cantal that Cheese Board only has every so often. He picked up some other odds and ends, a tomme and a little aged goat cheese. Everyone there was very friendly and helpful. Definitely a must-go for any fans of French cheese.

            1. I guess I was in an ornery mood, because I was prepared to be disappointed, but nope: this place is awesome. Super charming owners who were working the bread slicer and check-out counter along with their awesome daughter, who bears a startling resemblance to Mathilda in Le Professional, and told me that the apricot jam is excellent (she was right).

              Cheese cave: excellent, lots of stuff from regions that don't make the map in America. I was sampling around the Comte region, trying to find something that resembled a cheese I tried a while ago, and the cheesemonger recommended a Jura that was perfect. Bay Bread is making their bread per the owner's instruction, with sel de Bretagne--they had epi, white and walnut.

              Excellent jam that they're parceling and selling in plastic containers; same with creme fraiche. Lots of packaged goods, oils, Badoit (I'm hoping they start to carry Badoit Rouge), yogurts (though St Benoit, which I don't like as much as yogurts from France), and yes, macarons.

              I picked up three types of cheese, creme fraiche, apricot-hibiscus jam, creme fraiche, and bread for about $20.

              Bay Bread
              2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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              1. re: pane

                yes, pane - the apricot jam with hibiscus is one of the delights in the cheese cave! coffee will be served soon and the hours may change from the 11 am to 8 pm to 10 am to 7 pm if enough of us request the early opening.