After five days of languishing in my apartment with The Worst Cold Ever, I’m eager to get back to one of my favorite Los Angeles pastimes: eating lots of cheese! Actually, I would eat lots of cheese in any city, and I may someday plan a globe-trotting, cheese-tasting vacation, but until then, read on for my favorite places to eat cheese in L.A.
In Silver Lake, conveniently located across the street from Gelson’s and right next door to Trader Joe’s, is a little bistro featuring oodles of, well, cheese, plus French wine, Belgian chocolate that is truly worth $12 a bar and the best tea in the world, Taylor’s of Harrogate. I get my Old Amsterdam aged gouda here because the folks are so nice and their recommendations are spot-on.
Monsieur Marcel is in the Farmer’s Market on 3rd and Fairfax, and in addition to having a cheese tasting class every Monday night, they also have a really great market. Stock up on some Beaufort, which is great in fondue and makes for a sinful grilled cheese sandwich. Also, check out the Parisienne salad in the cafe. It’s not cheese-related, but it’s my favorite.
The Cheese Store of Silver Lake
The Cheese Store is also close to home, but my loyalty to Say Cheese has so far prevented me from going. Well, loyalty and laziness, really. If you love it, let me know.
Morels French Steakhouse
I wouldn’t recommend eating at Morels in the Grove unless you like being suffocated by shoppers and paying lots of cash for mediocre service, but the restaurant’s cheese stand is worth a visit. Debbie Adelman is their cheese specialist, and she definitely knows her merde.
La Brea Bakery
A friend of mine scores his cheese here, and considering it’s attached to Campanile, which hosts its ever-popular grilled cheese night on Thursdays, it’s got to be good. Really, if you haven’t been to grilled cheese night, you’re missing out. Go early, ignore the Ugg-booted morons on their cell phones and enjoy. Incidentally, everyone claims Campanile was once Charlie Chaplin’s house, but here’s the real skinny from the restaurant’s Web site, odd grammar and all: “Built in 1929 by Hollywood legend, Charlie Chaplin, the intention was to create his own office space. Before it was completed, however, Mr. Chaplin lost the building in the divorce settlement to his first wife, Lita Grey.” Anyway, don’t believe the hype…unless it’s about the grilled cheese.