Best Cheese Shops in America
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).