Best Artisan Cheese Shops In Orange County

June 2, 2016 5:00 AM

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These high-end cheese shops will make you reconsider going to a general grocery store for cheese. With hundreds of flavors available, you can enjoy classic cheese favorites and explore new ones.
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(credit: Troy K./yelp)


The Cheese Shop At The Mix
3313 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 284-0558
thecellarsite.com/costamesa

For domestic and imported cheese varieties, The Cheese Shop at The Mix has you covered. There’s numerous cow, buffalo, sheep and goat cheeses to choose from to elevate your next meal. Check out the wide selection on the website. The trained “Cheesemongers” cut cheeses fresh off the block and are sure to help you find the perfect flavors to serve with ingredients such as “local honey, bacon jam, pickled fruits or hand-crafted salumi.” You can also order fresh sandwiches while you are there if you get hungry, and cheese plates are available to complement your next gathering.

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(credit: JJ Y/yelp)


Vin Goat
3326 E. Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 673-2200
vingoat.com

Next time cheese is on your shopping list, make a special stop at Vin Goat. With more than 200 hand-made cheeses, you are sure to find what you are looking for and then some. The owners’ passion for cheese is exemplified in the events, cheese and wine club and gift baskets offered. There’s also a menu with delectable sandwiches and salads if you want to dine in while visiting, and the business even offers catering.

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Black Sheep GCB
440 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 533-3850
thecellarsite.com

Cheese alone can be a decadent treat, but a grilled cheese sandwich can take flavors to a whole new level. Black Sheep GCB does just that. The “grilled cheese bar” serves up several creative gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as offers a nostalgic take on the sandwich called The Kid if nothing other than the classic will do. With nearly 10 different grilled cheeses to choose from and combinations such as “manchego, Spanish ham and quince paste” and “jack cheese, pickled jalapeños and bacon jam,” you are likely to find a sandwich that will satisfy your taste buds. Take a look at the entire mouth-watering menu on the website.

Related: Best Places For Fried Cheese In Orange County

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(credit: Anne Watson Photography)


The Cellar
156 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 492-3663
thecellarsite.com/sanclemente

The Cellar is more than a cheese shop. It is a destination for live music, good food and wine. In addition to high-quality cheese, the menu consists of tasty small plates, salads and large entrees that cater to those who want to indulge in heartier plates, as well as those who prefer a healthier meal. Some of the menu items include cheese plates, salads, “truffle popcorn,” “anchovy toast,” mac n’ cheese, short ribs and salmon. Check out the full menu here. On Tuesday though Sundays, the venue has live music to complement your dining experience. Check out the event calendar to see who is performing next.

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(credit: Dee P./Yelp)


Cheese Addiction
195 Claremont Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-4986
www.cheeseaddiction.com

In addition to an extensive selection of artisan cheeses, Cheese Addiction has charcuterie and international wine to pair with your meal. There’s even events and classes centered around cheese, and a club in which you can try new flavors every month. Check out the wide array of cheeses to choose from on the website.

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Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, publicist, dancer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, live music, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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