2/12/2013 05:31:00 PM

The Golden Triangle of Cheese: Monsieur Marcel in Beverly Hills

In 1993, Stephane and Katy Strouk opened their first Monsieur Marcel, a modest little French creperie, inside the Original Farmers Market. Over time it morphed into a marketplace and cafe, where you could get a respectable cheese plate and glass au vin; last year it was remodeled, opened up with even more retail goods. Next came the funky little kiosk cafe in the middle of Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, where shoppers stop for baguette sandwiches and cafe au lait. A few weeks ago they debuted their third and most ambitious location yet, a massive 7,000-square-foot market and cafe in the heart of Beverly Hills.

The market itself is stocked with more than 250 types of cheese - this, along with the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, officially makes this the Golden Triangle of Cheese - plus charcuterie, breads, wine, olives and jams, marmalades and sauces, many of which are exclusive to Monsieur Marcel. There's a counter for grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and hot entree, but there's also a full-service restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There you can get anything from crepes and quiches to beef bourguignon and coq au vain, plus wines by the glass or bottle. The growth spurt continues, too: next, Mr. Marcel will enter LAX along with some other Farmers Market favorites like Loteria Grill and Magee's House of Nuts.

447 N. Canon Dr.; 310-274-7300


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