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Jan 22, 2013 11:36 AM

ISO cheese shop

Recently returned from Switzerland and suffering serious cheese withdrawal. Specifically, I'm missing stinky Appenzeller, mellow Vacherin (both the brie-like Mont D'or and the firmer variety), Zermatter Bierkase (visualize various umlauts) and a strange but wonderful concoction labeled in the supermarket as "Sennerei Mustair/Bio (organic) Bergkase).

Anyone know of an LA cheese shop or online specialist that sources these precious gems of Swiss milkfat?

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  1. Try the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Their website shows they have Appenzeller and Vacherin, but the website only lists a small amount of what they have in the shop.

    Wally's CheeseBox in Westwood also lists on their website two types of Vacherin and an extra-aged Appenzeller. Again, what they have in stock may be different.

    Both are my go-to cheese stores. I didn't see the other types on either site, but you might find alternatives at both stores if you can describe the style of the cheese -- type of milk, texture, flavor, etc.

    1. Depending on what side of the 405, Andrews Cheese Shop on Montana in Santa Monica has great variety of cheeses. Far more personable that the Cheese Shop IMO....

      1. Also depending on where you are, check out the Cheese Store of Silver Lake, and Cheese Store of Pasadena.

        1. These all sound great thanks everyone. I'm probably gonna hit up Wally first as he's closest to me and his selection of Swiss cheeses looks very impressive.

          Of course, they're over $30/lb—a higher cost than I've paid for any food not involving endangered species on the black market. But I'm a desperate man.

          The sandwich menu there sounds mighty tasty too.

          3 Replies
          1. re: BobtheBigPig

            I got a sandwich here while I was waiting for my smog check to be completed across the street and found it to be simple yet satisfying.

            1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

              Gah!! Why didn't I think of going to get my smog across the street from Wally's... genius...


            2. Weighing back in with plugs for Wally's. The fragrant Appenzeller and even stinkier Vacherin Fribourg are totally the real deal. Saving up for some raclette. Thanks Jwsel!