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Best Cheese Shops in America: Andrew's Cheese Shop, Santa Monica, CA

Andrew Steiner

Andrew's Cheese Shop, Santa Monica, CA

After years as the maitre d' fromage at Hollywood's swanky Patina, owner Andrew Steiner may be L.A.'s most in-the-know cheesemonger. And like a good sommelier, he's proud to share his insights. As a result, each wedge or wheel at this cheese shop is sold with a card that details place of origin, flavor notes, and wine-pairing ideas. His California-centric roster skews toward farmstead varieties, meaning they're created right on the farms where the milk was produced.

Cheesemonger's Choice: Lou Bren, an ultra-rare sheep's-milk cheese from the south of France, with an earthy aroma, a fruity richness, and a burnt-caramel aftertaste ($44/pound).

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