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The Food Lover’s Guide: Cheese Shops
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.