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“Loved it!!!”
Review of Cheese Importers

Cheese Importers
Ranked #1 of 278 Restaurants in Longmont
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Rochester, Minnesota
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Loved it!!!”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Stopped here to get some cheese and meat. You could spend hours looking at everything so just ask the person in the cheese fridge which is the best! I haven't eaten here but the food looked good!

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
Fort Collins, Colorado
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“A Northern Colorado Jewel”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Cheese Importers offers three special attractions: enticing food in the Bistro des Artistes, a large selection of international cheeses in the refrigerated cheese shop and the Provence Marketplace with many French and other European kitchen accessories. Our group of friends came for lunch at the Cheese Importers’ new location – a former 1930’s brick power plant building. Lunch options include cheese plates with fruit or meats; soups, salads, quiches and two-choice combinations selected from quiche, soup, salad or a ½ sandwich, plus grilled Paninis, full sandwiches, coffee, tea, wine and an impressive array of desserts let you organize a small or large meal. I had Quiche Lorraine with French onion soup and a blueberry lemon tart dessert. All were delicious. The soup was as good as I can remember having anywhere. After lunch, our group took a guided tour through the cheese shop, bought some interesting cheeses and then shopped in the Provence Marketplace. Cheese Importers is a special place, a real northern Colorado jewel.

  • Visited March 2013
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Arvada
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“A Feast for the Eyes, and the Food is very good too.”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Ambiance, ambiance, ambience, and the food is quite good, too. Color (red, rose, & pumpkin) with gold embellishments. Crazy big windows with apple green trim everywhere. Painted iron fencing outside...in apple green. A terrace on the west side for outdoor eating. Lots of parking.
Its building is the former power station (c. 1931) of Longmont. Vacant for years, as in, decades, it is still somewhat a work in progress - the second floor appears to hold a conglomeration of small shops, as well as the office of The Cheese Importers. Their bakery goods are from The Med (Mediterranean) Bakery in Boulder; I have fallen in love with the Breakfast Roll, an unbelievably good croissant-dough-with-cinnamon-sugar roll. One stands in line to order, then a server brings the food to one's table. A counter with pitchers of lemon slice water is serve-yourself. On one visit I had a vegan bean soup. It was tasty. Not out of this world, but good. I've also had the smoked salmon quiche. Also good. Regretfully, the crust wasn't up to par, probably due to refrigeration. Their coffee is very good. My French friend ordered an espresso with her meal and commented that it should've been brought at the end of her meal, not before she even got her food. So, yes, there are small things, but she and my other lunch companion loved the place, regardless. If (some of) the servers are seemingly young & inexperienced....well, they are. I assume they are local kids, who are very glad to work in such a cool place, and I'm glad for them. That aspect will perhaps always be with amazing establishments like The Cheese Importers who set up shop in improbable places like Longmont, and thrive there.

This is a place for lunch primarily. (The hours are 9-6 Mon-Sat, and 11-5 on Sundays) The tables are small, and for four or fewer. There are booths & regular tables. We were there for a long lunch, and were not rushed out. I have also been there for lunch with family.

There is a separate register to buy gifts, baked items, and of course, the cheese. Cheese! There's a refrigerated room (heavy coats available to borrow) with stacks of cheese, samples on plates, and an attendant to guide you to your desired cheese possibilities. Lovely.

The store includes heavenly linens, crockery, chocolate, olives, olive oil, and stationery.

At this time no alcohol is served, but their website says The Belle Epoque Wine Bar is opening Spring 2013 and will serve wine, apertifs, and select beers.

  • Visited March 2013
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Mead, Colorado
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“The motherlode of cheese”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

My husband is English, and cheese is very important to him. Everytime we go to the Cheese Importers his eyes light up like a kid at Disney Land. He always likes to spend a lot of time here, and we love the selection. They have a lot of the cheeses he likes from England (stilton) and Europe, but also a lot of crowd favorites that the rest of our American family likes. I like that they set samples out, we almost always go home with more cheese than we need just from trying new things. They also have a nice olive bar and shop attached. We've tried some really nice dips there, and they have a lot of other imports which are hard to find in a town like Longmont. The staff are knowledgeable, and always make good recommendations. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes cheese or other European imports.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Kate F
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Longmont, Colorado
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
“Love it”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

European charm. Classical French music playing in the background. Friendly staff. Wonderful gifts and cheese to choose from. Cant wait for the Bistro to open soon.

Visited December 2012
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Thank RachelH248
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