Illustrations by Clint Hansen
Andrew’s Cheese Shop
Andrew Steiner, who’s in charge of the cheese offerings at many local restaurants, sells artisanal, mostly California, labels, along with other cheese plate accoutrements. » 728 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310-393-3308.
Artisan Cheese Gallery
Valley folks come to sample the broad array of international cheeses. To go with that Tallegio? Perhaps some salami or a fancy jar of pickles. » 12023 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-505-0207.
Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
Norbert Wabnig is the expert behind the counter at this legendary shop, which carries hundreds of hand-made cheeses from around the world as well as gourmet items such as truffles and caviar. » 419 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-2855.
Cheese Store of SilverLake
Silver Lake’s turophiles appreciate the aged Gouda, Humboldt Fog, triple crème Bries, and more. A finely hewn collection of wine, crackers, condiments, and other delights lines the shelves. » 3926 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323-644-7511.
Wally’s Wines & Spirits
This wine shop carries everything you need for the world’s best Hollywood Bowl picnic, particularly cheeses like burrata , French blues, and cave-aged Gruyères. » 2107 Westwood Blvd., West L.A., 310-475-0606.
Whole Foods Market
Few specialty shops can match the spread of cheeses at this chain. Small-batch and artisanal varieties are well represented.