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Best place to buy cheese

Tim Gaddis, cheesemonger extraordinaire, at Star Provisions, which tops both your list and our list for best place to buy cheese in and around Atlanta. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

Tim Gaddis, cheesemonger extraordinaire, at Star Provisions, which tops both your list and our list for best place to buy cheese in and around Atlanta. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. Star Provisions
You say, “Tim Gaddis at Star Provisions is the best! He lives, breathes and loves everything about great cheese. It’s his passion. He knows the whey of the curds.” and “Star Provisions has the best unusual selection by far – anything and everything from near and far.”

2. DeKalb Farmers Market
3. Whole Foods
4. Alon’s
5. Murray’s at Kroger

A selection of cheeses at Star Provisions. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

A selection of cheeses at Star Provisions. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

OUR PICKS
1. Star Provisions
We say, “If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, go see Tim Gaddis at Star Provisions. The man is a cheese superstar (and you can follow him on Twitter: @Timthecheeseman). He always has a beautiful selection on hand and it’s always fresh and properly packaged and handled. There’s nothing else in Atlanta that comes close.”

2. Alon’s
3. Whole Foods
4. DeKalb Farmers Market
5. CalyRoad Creamery

61 comments Add your comment

Nathan

October 10th, 2011
2:03 pm

Star Provisions. No doubt about it.

Best plates, though? Tie between Muss & Turner’s and Brick Store Pub.

KK

October 10th, 2011
2:45 pm

Star Provisions!

JW

October 10th, 2011
3:52 pm

Dekalb Farmers Market – by far!!

Ganners

October 10th, 2011
4:02 pm

Harry’s Farmers Market! I could go broke buying cheese there.

Mary B

October 10th, 2011
4:09 pm

I feel like a broken record….I’ve answered Dekalb Farmers Market for so many of these but I always find new and great cheeses when I’m there.

JDJ

October 10th, 2011
4:14 pm

Whole Foods – LaVista! The cheese master even did the Monty Python cheese shop routine with me!

cafeej

October 10th, 2011
4:15 pm

Publix on Ashford-Dunwoody/Johnson-Ferry Roads

Stephan

October 10th, 2011
4:27 pm

Real “fromages” are best at Star Provision or Whole Foods

SAWB

October 10th, 2011
4:27 pm

I cannot believe I am commenting on where I buy cheese, but since you asked – Publix Deli. I know most Suburban Rednecks get their cheese from a can, but I like something a little better without getting carried away.

ann moses

October 10th, 2011
4:28 pm

Alon’s in the Highland’s to buy for yourself. Krog Bar or Float Away Cafe for a cheese plate.

Cheese Head

October 10th, 2011
4:30 pm

CostCo for English Cheddar.

Shar

October 10th, 2011
4:52 pm

DeKalb Farmers’ Market, unless I happen to be out in Austell in which case I go to Patak’s, which has a small but very good selection of cheeses to complement their large and very, very good selection of smoked meats. The prices are outstanding, too.

Jenn in Kennesaw

October 10th, 2011
5:16 pm

Star Provisions for Sure!!! they special order and have shipped in Australian cheeses for me often. and the prices are still reasonably priced.

super nice and helpful staff.

L

October 10th, 2011
5:17 pm

In addition to some of the other great ones already listed – try Trader Joe’s. They have a good selection and their prices are tough to beat.

chrono

October 10th, 2011
5:18 pm

DeKalb Farmers Market? Are you kidding? Compared to any Whole Foods cheese department they stink…literally – half the cheese absorbs aromas from the fish and meat sections.

Steve R

October 10th, 2011
5:22 pm

Star Provisions or Whole Foods on West Paces Ferry. Honorable mention to the Krogers that have added a Murray’s Cheese Shop section, though. With all due respect to previous posters, Publix is way behind on high-end cheeses… and I am usually a Publix fan!

Lyn Clay

October 10th, 2011
5:25 pm

DeKalb County Farmer’s Market – great selections at very reasonable prices. I wish I lived closer!!

Cheese every day

October 10th, 2011
5:26 pm

Whole Foods on West Paces. I’m getting hungry for some while typing this.

mrbt

October 10th, 2011
5:30 pm

Harry’s for sure has the best cheese in the ATL.

Mike

October 10th, 2011
5:32 pm

Star Provisions. For the same products, their prices are better than a lot of other places, and they cut right off the big piece when you buy it, instead of getting a pre-wrapped chunk.

Rick

October 10th, 2011
5:50 pm

For me it’s not just where to buy the best cheese but also the frindliness and helpfulness of the cheesemonger. We very much like the cheesemonger at Whole Foods on West Paces Ferry. We also like Tim at Star Provisions. Both have excellent expertise and are very friendly. I am very happy at both though frequent WF more often.

le grand fromage

October 10th, 2011
5:56 pm

The selection at Alon’s Highland is great, although the prices are pretty stiff. Unlike the rest of the staff there, the cheese monger is pretty freindly too.

le grand fromage

October 10th, 2011
5:56 pm

Make that FRIENDLY!

Steve

October 10th, 2011
5:59 pm

Costco for Tillamook cheddar from Oregon ! English white cheddar is good as well.

Leelee

October 10th, 2011
6:08 pm

I don’t even see where the room for debate is except between Star Provisions, first to me because of Tim’s presence, and Alon’s in Virginia Highlands, which is great when the cheesemonger is in the shop, but otherwise not in the same league as Star Provisions. It’s not just about selling cheese, but storing it, showing it, sharing it, and educating the customer. Though I pick up cheese at DFM on occasion, it’s not wrapped properly to keep well, it’s too cold to smell or assess, and there’s never an option to taste. Plus you can’t get the amount you want. If you only what to eat what you’ve always eaten, then it’s perfectly adequate. Whole Foods does a fine job too, better than DFM.

Bill

October 10th, 2011
6:11 pm

One comment: Star Provisions cheese is much better since the wannabe cheese guru Raymond left. I asked him once if he had Havarti and he said he didn’t know what that was. Guess it was beneath him. Jerk.

loki44

October 10th, 2011
6:20 pm

atlanta native

October 10th, 2011
6:36 pm

Star Provisions is best.

Curdle

October 10th, 2011
6:45 pm

Toss Star Provisions up with Dekalb Farmer’s Market for a tie. Keep Raymond out of Star and it will stay at the top.

Jimmy

October 10th, 2011
7:34 pm

Big Jimmy’s

Jan

October 10th, 2011
7:58 pm

Just got cheese from a “new” place – Brookhaven Farmers Market. From their website: “Scott Stroud has been the cheesemonger for Alon’s, Whole Foods, and now Sawicki’s Meat Seafood and More”. Small selection (he is new to the market) but convenient and GOOD!

My Two Cents

October 10th, 2011
8:02 pm

Alon’s! Angel, the cheesemonger is the best!

pierson

October 10th, 2011
8:20 pm

star provisions!

Teafortwo

October 10th, 2011
8:33 pm

CalyRoad Creamery in Sandy Springs MAKES and sells their own cheeses. They’re a fabulous addition to the food scene here in Atlanta.

Linda's Italian Table

October 10th, 2011
8:54 pm

CalyRoad Creamery in Sandy Springs is my favorite place for fresh cheeses. Can’t get through the week without stopping by. We are so fortunate to have a cheese artisan of this quality in the area.

koko

October 11th, 2011
7:45 am

Star Provisions

J

October 11th, 2011
7:51 am

Trader Joe Baby

GettingFaster

October 11th, 2011
8:29 am

Just picked up some stilton, cabot clothbound cheddar, and manchego yesterday at Star Provisions and I don’t know of a better place or a more educated monger around.,

Nan

October 11th, 2011
8:40 am

Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market consistently has the best variety and quality of cheeses.

Jadzia

October 11th, 2011
8:52 am

I enjoy buying local and southern regional cheeses at the Farmers Markets and through my CSA. Especially with soft and with fresh cheeses, nothing in a supermarket case can compare to the freshness and terroir taste in local cheeses.

I lived in Paris recently, for a couple of years, and I was shocked at how different the taste was in locally sourced cheeses verses mass produced French cheeses (the kind exported to the U.S.).

For firm cheeses or cheeses I can’t get locally, I go to Harrys in Marietta, Alon’s in Dunwoody, or Star Provisions.

tim

October 11th, 2011
9:12 am

Does anyone else think that the presliced cheese at Dekalb IFM has a weird taste or order?

SBinF

October 11th, 2011
9:40 am

I like the DeKalb Farmers Market. Such a great selection. I have fallen in love with 5-year aged gouda!

@tim

I sometimes perceive that too. Not all the time. I suspect it is the packaging they are using.

GoodGrapes

October 11th, 2011
9:50 am

Star Provisinos has the best unusual selection by far – anything and everything from near and far. Dekalb Farmers Market has a solid selection of standard cheeses that you have heard of and might not be able to find at Whole Food.

For plates, SoHo has a very ample portion of a good selection of 4 for around $10. Muss and Turners is also good for plates.

chiatt

October 11th, 2011
12:17 pm

Too bad we don’t have a neals yard cheese shop like londons borough market. Here’s hoping they pull a chelsea market experience with ponce city market and not a crappy Atlantic station experience. A fine cheese shop should be a for sure tenant.

tina

October 11th, 2011
2:52 pm

Dekalb Farmers Market

Edward

October 12th, 2011
10:48 am

I’ve been impressed by the selection available at the Kroger at Ansley (1700 Monroe Dr), a Murray’s Cheese Shop, I believe. Even the people working behind the counter there know their cheeses pretty well, and I can find some good prices.

Alon’s is a bit too pretentious and their bakery items that used to be amazing are now just mediocre, at best, so no reason to make a special trip there.

Suwanee Girl

October 12th, 2011
12:03 pm

Murray’s Cheese, inside the new Kroger in Sugar Hill!!!!

Sara

October 12th, 2011
12:14 pm

I hit the Dekalb Farmers market for most of my non-standard cheeses. They’re affordable and come packaged small enough that a single gal can finish before they get bad-modly :)

Bill

October 12th, 2011
11:03 pm

Swiss Colony

S.S. gal

October 13th, 2011
8:38 am

Murray’s inside the Kroger at Sandy Springs Circle – never cared either way about Kroger until I dicovered Murray’s. Fantastic!!

Cheez Whiz

October 13th, 2011
12:17 pm

Tim Gaddis at Star Provisions is the best! He lives, breathes and loves everything about great cheese. It’s his passion. He knows the whey of the curds.

Ellen Bagetakos Handlin

October 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

Dekalb Farmers Market! Oh, yeah!

RK

October 13th, 2011
6:54 pm

Real turophiles know that you have to go to Star Provisions.

Martin

October 13th, 2011
11:52 pm

Star Provisions is in a class by itself when it comes to cheese.

christopher gillespie

October 14th, 2011
9:42 am

Murray’s and Whole Foods try, but since they’re supplying multiple stores they don’t look at smaller purveyors. It’s Tim Gaddis at Star Provisions all the way. Dekalb farmers market has a limited selection, and the younger cheeses are always mishandled if you shop later in the day. Alon’s used to be great, but their domestic artisanal selection has gone down in the last 3 years and they only had 1 cheese I didn’t recognize as having carried when I ran their counter for nearly 3 years. Tim had 12 I didn’t recognize off the top of my head when I went that same day. Variety? Quality? Star Provisions…

Derald

October 14th, 2011
10:18 am

I agree, Star Provisions, but Wholepaycheck does a great job with Euro Cheeses, especially the harder varieties. Dekalb has a lot to offer but I have had way to many experiences of cheese picking up the fish and meat mkt odors not to mention the high moisture and mold problems, to recommend them. One trick that’s worked for me is to only buy a cheese at DFM that has been packaged in the last two days, and rewrap with good cheese paper when I get home. DFM has artisian cheeses from Wisconsin, like Hooks Tilson Point Bleu and Colby (World Champ), Crave Brothers Le Petite Frere at supermarket prices.

christopher gillespie

October 14th, 2011
11:38 am

And all that other stuff said, I like to go visit Mary Rigdon every Thursday at the EAV Farmer’s Market. The fresh chevre has always been made THAT morning in my experience, and she has a few other varieties of cheese as well.

Joe

October 14th, 2011
4:12 pm

There is nothing like milking your own goat and making your own cheese.

Although I have to admit that there are a few aged cheeses that Star Provisions does well and an ocassional great MayTag Blue at Trader Joe’s.

But there is no place in Atlanta that has the selection of a few places in London, Brussels or Napoli.

Liz

October 14th, 2011
9:51 pm

Alon’s bakery on No. Highland in Morningside

frw

October 15th, 2011
4:21 pm

Star Provisions is the best. Muss & Turner is smaller, but closer to home. Whole Foods Paces Ferry has a good selection and is convenient. Kroger, Publix, and Costco are mediocre.

JimmyZ

October 17th, 2011
9:43 am

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Deluxe-Pasteurized-Process-American-Cheese-16-oz/10452424

mmm cheeese product.

Seriously, it’s no contest…Star Provisions owns it.