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Apr 5, 2012 03:28 PM

New cheese shop in Sarasota

Has anyone tried the new Artisan Cheese Shop on Main. I am a sucker for a good cheese and want to see what you all think.

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  1. Not yet; but, I'll have to swing by there the next time we're down in Sarasota.

    They do have a website up...

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    1. re: deet13

      Thank you for the website. When are you back in Sarasota? When I go (this week I hope) I will let you know what I think.

      1. re: deet13

        Went by today as i said I would. It is all the way down by the end of Main St. Nice owner and nice shop. A small section with baked goods. Lots of cheeses. An assortment of high end jams off the beaten path such as plulot and jalapeno pepper. Company called Inna Jam. Cute! Some salumes and other she stocking items you would expect in there. She has a choice of two sandwiches a day that I believe she makes in advance. She was taking photos for her website so you might want to revisit it soon to get an idea of what there is. Hope she didn't get me in one of them as i was just off work and looked awful(kidding). Plan on returning Saturday with my sweetie so he can get a cheese he like as i am not a picky cheese eater. Also good to know is the cheese counter isn't opened first thing so make it an afternoon trip for that yummy stuff.

        1. re: suzigirl

          Thanks for the update. We'll be down to check out the shop later this month, when my civilized half and I head on down to visit her mum.

          Now I'll have somewhere in Sarasota to take them for a cup of joe, as well as blow a stupid amount of cash on my favorite dairy products.

          1. re: deet13

            A www... you said mum- are you from England too? My bf is from Essex. Be prepared for the stupid amount of cash. It is quite pricey IMHO. But it is the only shop of its kind.

            1. re: suzigirl

              Yeah, I would like to see her bring the prices down a bit. A cheese plate for two is $27. That's not terrible but it might keep me from coming in for a pre/post dinner snack. Otherwise, it is very nice place. I hope they will do well.

              1. re: CFishman

                And to her detriment the Snowbirds are going home right about the time she is opening. Hope the locals like her store so she can stay afloat.

              2. re: suzigirl

                Heh, actually I'm from a old cracker family from around Bushnell. I picked the "mum" thing from my wife. Her and her mum are originally from a flyspeck of a village up in northern Scotland.

                As for the shop's prices, I expected that it would be pricey. There's really nobody else in the region competing with them. The closest cheese shops to them (that I'm aware of) are Cheese Please and Mazzaro's, up in Tampa and St Pete respectively.

                Either way, it sounds like a good place to hit next week.

                1. re: deet13

                  I'm a cracker too. Actually third generation cracker. Born in St Pete but raised in Sarasota. You are right that there is no competition around in the way of other cheese shops in the area. So more power to them.

                  1. re: suzigirl

                    I dunno. Mortons Gourmet Market in Sarasota has over 200 cheese varieties and some knowledgeable cheese specialists.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      Also Bologna Cafe has the best selection of imported Italian cheeses in the area. For those who do not know this place in addition to it being an excellent Bolognese kitchen it has a case for retail sale of all sorts of "Salumi e Formaggi", very fresh as they are well known as the place to buy "Cibo Italiano"!

                      1. re: Veggo

                        Good catch, I forgot all about Mortons. Their bakery is good too.

                        Hmm, Bologna Cafe... Are they in the strip mall on the south side of the bridge, on US 41?

          2. We've been in several times since March. Very nice cheeses, imports as well as domestic. Prices are no higher than we're used to at home (DC), and lower than ordering from Artisanal in New York. Condition and maturity (ripening) are excellent. We'll be down in Lakewood Ranch full-time from about March 2013, so we're really hoping this place is successful! Nice people, too!

            1. Went for the first time today, helpful and knowledgeable staff.
              While a smallish selection , around 60-80 cheeses, all were in fine condition and none were precut, a symptom of a cheese store that should be avoided.
              l hope they do well, they are a little pricey, but they do carry a high end assortment.

              1. My wife and I were just there yesterday. There is a huge store front window over looking the street with a big beautiful wood communal table to sit at. I believe the owner's husband made the table. You walk in, you see the breads and you get a faint aroma of that lovely cheese smell.

                We spoke with the owner, Louise. She's a very nice person with an interesting background and a passion for cheese.

                We decided to get a 3 cheese sampler and let her pick the cheese for us. We also decided to get a half bottle of a very nice pinot from Wilamette Valley.

                The cheese plate came with local honey, figs, dried apricots, grapes, blackberries, walnuts, apples, and bread. The bread was quite good, slightly chewy which I love. But the star of the show were the cheeses! Oh my, we loved the selections that she made.

                We had a goat cheese camabert from, I believe, North Carolina. This was my wife's favorite. I liked it a lot. It was soft with a slight saline taste towards the end, probably from the rind. We also had a cow's milk cheese from New York which I can't remember the name. It was creamy, stinky, with a nutty flavor. Fabulous. I think that was my favorite but it was hard to pick one because they were all so good. The 3rd cheese was a blue from Oregon. It was crumbly and creamy and quite good. It was a bit strong on the blue flavor but I like that.

                Overall, had a great experience. I thought the prices were very reasonable. Can't wait to go back there again.