San Francisco Cheese Shop: Cowgirl Creamery

October 5, 2010

Cowgirl Creamery at the Ferry Building is our favorite cheese shop in San Francisco.  They know their cheeses, treat them well, and take the time to help customers find cheeses they will enjoy.

We’ve been weekly cheese shoppers in San Francisco for the past 4 months.  We have visited several destinations repeatedly.  Cheese shops vary in inventory focus, inventory breadth, staff knowledge, and service.  It is these factors that make Cowgirl Creamery our top choice.

Cowgirl Creamery has a more limited inventory of cheeses than other San Francisco shops, but this should not deter a visit.  The shop offers Cowgirl Creamery’s own cheeses (like Red Hawk and Mt. Tam) plus an array of cheeses from the US and Europe.  The inventory changes  frequently (suggesting good turn-over at the shop).  The cheese is presented informatively and we have never taken home a poorly treated cheese.

The staff is enthusiastic about their cheeses, friendly and knowledgeable.  One advantage to having a more limited inventory is that there are fewer cheeses to retain details about.  Questions asked at the counter are answered satisfactorily with staff routinely sharing more information about the cheese or its production.

Most importantly, staff works hard to help customers find enjoyable cheeses.  They listen to purchase criteria and ask for feedback on samples.   We like that our kids are treated like any other shopper and are included by staff in the purchase decision.

Cowgirl Creamery is a high service, involved staff purchase destination.  This takes time.  It is not uncommon to wait 10-15 minutes for staff to become available, and then another10-15 minutes to make a purchase decision.  Cowgirl Creamery has some pre-wrapped cheeses available for quick purchase, but this is more a destination for cut-to-order cheese.

For us, a trip to the Ferry Building is inconvenient and requires bikes or public transit, but we willingly make this trip if we can.  The cheese and service at Cowgirl Creamery are worth it.

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