Cheese is a universally beloved food. It makes any dish taste better. It makes any sandwich better. It pairs with crackers for a casual snack or wine for an upscale evening. For the best cheeses full of flavor and variety, a standard grocery store just doesn’t cut it. Whether for a gift or dinner, a cheese shop is the place to look for all the answers. Here is a list of the best cheese shops in DFW.

Scardello (credit: Emilie DesJardins)

3511 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 219-1300

Scardello is the cheese shop on Oak Lawn Avenue that everyone drives by and makes a note to check out, but forgets to actually scope out. If you’ve driven by without stopping, you’re missing out. This shop is full of more than 150 types of American and European handcrafted cheeses. The cheese lovers that work at Scardello will help you pick out the perfect cheese, then record your pick for next time, as the less familiar names can be hard to remember. Lunch is also available with sandwiches made of the artisanal cheeses on hand.

Mozzarella Company
2944 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-4072
www.mozzco.comThe Mozzarella Company is known for its obvious best seller, fresh mozzarella, which comes in several forms. The truth is though, that the Mozzarella Company actually sells a lot more than just mozzarella. Shop feta and ricotta, as well as seasoned herb logs and mascarpone tortas. Any of these cheeses may be found on the website for mail order as well. If just eating the cheese isn’t enough for you, enjoy monthly classes to learn cheese making and pairing.

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Central Market
4651 W. Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 989-4700
www.centralmarket.comKnown as a foodie paradise, the selection of cheese at Central Market is no exception to this standard. The wide variety means there is cheese ranging from soft to hard, mild to sharp. Shop local Texas cheeses and Wisconsin cheese curds as well as little-known international cheeses. Although the pre-cut selection is the most obvious while walking through the store, its foodies are happy to cut a custom chunk for customers.

Molto Formaggio (credit: Emilie DesJardins)

Molto Formaggio
68 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 526-0700

The goal of Molto Formaggio is to bring the essence of a European cheese shop to Dallas. It strives to squash the American notion of one-stop bulk shopping by offering irresistible and unique choices in a small shop. Molto Formaggio offers cheese, wine and other edible gifts from around the world. Cheeses are sorted by country and several other levels to help shoppers find exactly the right type. Goodies may be ordered or bought in person at the shop in Highland Park Village.

Magnolia Cheese Company
1251 W. Magnolia Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
www.magnoliacheese.comThis brand-new Fort Worth cheese destination is a café as well as artisan cheese shop, so the cheese may be enjoyed on the spot or taken home. Cheeses are sold in the café, of course, on sandwiches, salads and more from an ever-changing menu. A small portion of the cheese is international, but more than half is American, including some from local Eagle Mountain Farmhouse and Latte Da Dairy. For pairing with the cheeses, check out Magnolia’s selection of craft beers and bottles of wine.

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Emilie DesJardins currently works in Dallas television and worked with KRLD Restaurant Week for several years before that. She is always trying new places around the Metroplex to find the best food and unique things to do. See her work at