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Jan 13, 2014 03:42 PM

DTLA Cheese, GCM

the salami/cotswold cheese sammy is really tasty. I believe the salami is from Hobb's. Granted it's a bit spendy at $10, but that gets you validated parking. I understand the salami and raclette is also fantastic as well. menu attached.

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    1. The cheesy potatoes are also REALLY good... a great side to get along with some meat from Horse Thief or a sandwich from Egg Slut. So happy they are there!! Cheese Cave is one of my absolute FAVORITE cheese shops and The Milk Man is now one of their Mongers at this location. :)

      1. anybody selling anything called a "sammy" gets ignored on general principle.

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        1. re: linus

          I would generally agree, but Mrs. O ignored the menu, spent $$$$ on cheeses and brought them home. I've been visiting heaven many times since, one cracker at a time. Wish to heck I could tell you what they are but I think we threw out the unutterably cute tags her niece made for them and of course the wrappings are long gone; two cow, one sheep and one goat is all I know. But I seriously doubt that they have anything bad.

          1. re: Will Owen

            They have a VERY strong selection. Chris (the Milk Man) and the other Cheese Mongers there do their best to have a very tight edited selection (So it's not the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop) but also lots of surprises and something for everyone. If you go in with a pairing or flavor in mind, they'll be able to help, they are EXTRAORDINARILY nice and patient (especially Chris). We feel blessed to have them a few Metro stops away. :D


          2. re: linus

            nb: the use of "sammy" is completely mine. DTLA Cheese's board clearly shows "sandwiches".

            c'mon now, linus.

            1. re: TonyC

              I am in no way defending Linus auto ban practices, but on the menu there is a 3 Cheese Sammy.

              Personally, I perfer Sammiches to Sammy... but those little menu peg boards are the originally twitter... LOL!


              1. re: Dommy

                dommy, you seem a pleasant and well grounded person; at least, by what i've read here.

                however, please refrain from "sammiches" around me, or i'll have to go billy jack on tonyc.

              2. re: TonyC

                i'm a cranky old man. that's my only defense.

              3. re: linus

                Agreed. "Sammy" and "meh" are two of the most stupid popular expressions these days

                1. re: Ernie

                  Agree 100% I hate those two expressions, although I'll add one of my one "my bad."

                  1. re: bringiton

                    "Sammy" especially makes the speaker/writer sound like a 6-year old girl. Also, there is no "m" in sandwich which makes it sound extra stupid

                    1. re: Ernie

                      Thank you, all. I thoroughly detest the expression "sammy." First few times I heard it I couldn't even tell what the speaker was talking about.

                      1. re: Jack Flash

                        For me, the expression "sammy" is unmistakable.

                    2. re: bringiton

                      My apologies.

                      I do use "my bad" copiously on these here boards.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Also, you should be reminded that profanity is merely the crutch of the inarticulate mother-f#%$ker.

                        Uh, just saying... :)

                    3. re: Ernie

                      What about "lol" and "nom nom" ????

                      Those seriously get my panties in a knott.

                      1. re: kevin

                        kevin, I didn't know that about you...

                  2. Dammit Tony. I haven't been to Grand Central Market (GCM) in several months, so hearing about this new wave of GCMFancyEats™ is causing me agita, though I'm not surprised by this development.

                    I've opined about it many times before-- how a narrow demographic of hipsters moves in to a community, the prices go up, and virtually everyone else moves out. It's inevitably an exclusionary venture. And quite often, the food is better for it-- but it's so damned hard for me to enjoy a place, great food or not, when I know that my money is contributing to the purge of culture and diversity in our great city. It's the reason why I'll eat at Philippe's 50 times before I eat at the new FancyCole's™. Philippe's serves the width and breadth of Los Angeles. Cole's does not.

                    I know I'm fighting a losing battle here, but it's a good fight.

                    Mr Taster

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                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      There are 10,000 Mexican markets in this town. If a few leave the GCM, it is no loss. Anyone who has seen the Ferry Building in SF knows how nice it is, how it draws tourists who bring lots of desperately needed $$$ to this City and how it is an exciting addition to the culinary landscape. Why get in a car and fight traffic to try a range of several exciting new snacks, when you can simply stroll from one booth to the next?

                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        your loss Mr.T.

                        it's a fine sammy for your tummy. Phillippe's:FancyCole's is NOT OldGCM:NewGCM. Philippe's gross, Cole's less gross. NewGCM is tasty, and will be even more so when Wexler's lacto-pickles + pastrami show up next to Kent's Olio. You know it.

                        The far more offensively bouchie Ferry Market has been getting its thing on, why not GCM?

                        (also, mods, why nuke Johnny L's really thought and insightful response?)

                        1. re: TonyC

                          Thanks... for mentioning the lost post... I replied to him to agree as well and for a second there I thought I had just imagined writing it (which in my life has happened more than once... LOL!)


                          1. re: TonyC

                            One thing about the Ferry Bldg.: tourists. San Francisco has 'em in droves, and they provide a sizable (and consistent) source of income. DTLA, and the civic center area specifically: not so much.

                          2. re: Mr Taster

                            As someone who regularly visits GCM, trust me: you really won't miss the vendors that are gone.

                            The more interesting question, not for this board, is whether there is a sufficient market for the $10 lunch this far east, as well as for the product (as opposed to prepared foods) vendors. There's a super fancy butcher replacing the Carniceria Economica (Carniceria Non-Economica?) Are there really enough super high end meat buyers around here? Don't expect civic center employees to be picking up a roast at lunchtime.

                            1. re: Jack Flash

                              My turn to be a Cranky Geezer: where do you get "this far EAST"?? I just looked, and the cross streets are WEST 3rd and WEST 4th. This is of course not the time or place to point out that the city's geographic center is 1st and Main … but I guess I just did. And we are talking about Grand CENTRAL Market.

                              About whose soul we can argue all we want, but it's a living and thus changeable enterprise, or collection of them. I have shopped for meat, fish, vegetables and that fabulous pre-made mole that is sold in little tubs, and I don't even live down there. I just used to go by there when I was dropping Mrs. O off at the Times, but since she started taking the train I don't get there much. However, there are lots more people living there now who actually have homes, so of course the focus has to shift to them. We don't have to like it.

                              1. re: Will Owen

                                I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that most of the $20+ downtown lunches are eaten west of Bunker Hill, with reference to my question "whether there is a sufficient market for the $10 lunch this far east," which is east of Bunker Hill.

                                I also wonder whether there are yet enough people living in DTLA to shop at what sounds very likely to be a high end butcher.

                                I'm pulling for the market transformation to work; I hope I didn't give the wrong impression there.

                              2. re: Jack Flash

                                Been going to GCM for about 20 years now and I will definitely miss Ana Maria's, the carnitas stand near Broadway, and the old school Chinese place near Hill if they get pushed out

                                  1. re: Jack Flash

                                    Yes, I know they are still there and I hope they survive for a long time

                                    1. re: Ernie

                                      I think so... Aside from it being the plan of the management to keep the popular older tenants there, as I mentioned in the post that was deleted, those old establishment shops are still doing quite the business. It's kinda like Santee Alley... the volume the Chinese Stand and Tomas does in a day probably makes them way more profitable than the even the most upmarket of places...


                                      1. re: Dommy

                                        Your post brings me great comfort, Dommy.

                                        Mr Taster

                                1. re: Jack Flash

                                  I think so... The place is bustling more than ever and there is no shortage of people buying Egg Slut Sandwiches... $$$ Press Brother Juices as well as the GIANT Chinese Combos and Mojaras Fritas... If anything its a PERFECT blending of what is DTLA. High Quality, Freshmade options along side Guilty Pleasures. You can take your kids there. You can share your food there. You can make it a regular easy stop (since they have and validate parking). You can make it a special event (Since it's awesome to try as much as possible).

                                  As I mentioned in a previous post. I make most of my visits to GCM. I visit my favorite vendors for bulk snacks (The Japanese Peanuts and Spicy Fava Beans by the Snack vendor are my crack!) and now Cheese. Then I grab a wonderful sweet latte or Pina agua Fresca. :)


                                  1. re: Jack Flash

                                    as a long-time visitor to gcm, i've been watching this with interest as well. and so far ... off the top of my head, i can't name a single place that has been pushed out. this isn't to say none have, but that they were so forgettable they haven't been missed. ana's, roast to go and, above all, tacos a tumbra would be missed. i think that old-school chinese is a personal aberration. if only they could get a decent fish place ... every time i walk past that one they have it reeks. and to the OP, the cheese place is very good, very well edited and pretty damned pricey, even for high-end cheese. still, i shop there.

                                    1. re: FED

                                      A colleague and I had similar comments to each other the other day at lunch about not being able to remember any of the places that are gone now (well, except for Carniceria Economica, which sounds like it's being replaced by the exact opposite of that).

                                2. but th e "raclette" is not raclette. i asked specifically and was told that's why it's in quotation marks--they don't use raclette cheese. it was a cheddar the day i was there, on broccolini. good, but not raclette.

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                                  1. re: chez cherie

                                    Cheddar is not raclette?

                                    Not by a thousand miles! Thanks Chez Cherie!