Best Cheese Shop - 2007
Don't blink or you might walk past the Cheese Boutique. This variety food shop has survived and thrived for 20 years in the looming shadow of the Inner Sunset's mighty Andronico's. Inside, step cautiously, for two strides in any direction will walk you into a shelf full of exotic olive oils, gourmet preserves, fine sandwich condiments, fresh baguettes, local honey, English tea, dried nuts, organic Turkish figs, store-made hummus, or the small selection of wine. By the register, the glass display counter holds p?t?s, hams, olives, and over 100 imported cheeses, all sliced to order and sold by the pound. Sandwiches are made on the spot, and any of eight coffee roasts from San Francisco's Capricorn Coffees can be purchased whole-bean or ground. The Cheese Boutique's prices are dramatically lower than those of the supermarket a block away, and after just a few visits, owners Rick and Nada Malouf will know your name.