After discovering it to be a convenient alternative to hauling entire cows, ancient warriors carried slabs of cheese along with them for nourishment and, in emergencies, catapult ammunition. Use some to besiege sandwich blandness with today’s Groupon. For $10, you get $20 worth of cheese at Surdyk’s, one of the Midwest’s largest liquor stores since 1934.
Offering more than 300 varieties of cheese from 15 countries, Surdyk’s provides one-stop shopping for cheese aficionados, party planners, plasticine Englishmen and their put-upon dogs, and nests of mice disguised as parka-wearing human shoppers. Liven up your next book club, Civil War re-creation meeting, or Civil War creation meeting with the Australian Roaring ‘40s blue, English Colston & Basset Farmhouse Stilton, and Stinging Nettle Gouda varietals. Tongues frightened by the thought of pronouncing Ekte Gjetost can cheese it a little closer to home with domestics such as Constant Bliss from Jasper Hill Farm, 10-year-aged cheddar, and Cypress Grove Midnight Moon. If you're not sure which variety is best for party platters or swan-shaped centerpieces, Surdyk's knowledgeable cheese consultants will happily impart their know-how and enthusiasm to anyone who asks. And because man does not live by cheese alone, Surdyk’s 12,000-square-foot store also provides plenty of wine and deli-pairing options to further pique the palate.
Unlike other woefully under-stocked cheese shops in the area, Surdyk’s massive selection lets customers load up on powerful flavors as fancy and complex as a diamond-encrusted Rubik’s cube and as earthy and rich as a millionaire mole. Stop by with your Groupon and try not to think about how bizarre it is that cheese even exists and that someone once actually discovered it somehow.
City Pages has awarded Surdyk's a handful of honors, including Best Cheese Selection in 2008:
- After all these years we tend to take Surdyk's for granted, but every visit to the cheese shop reminds us why they are the best. With 300 varieties to choose from, it's hard to know where to start, but the Surdyk's staff is well-trained—they know cheese as well as their counterparts next door know wine. – City Pages
- Wine, alcohol, and beer selection is great! Even better is the cheese shop. Awesome selection of cheese. Ask for a sample. – c197933, Citysearch
- If you have never been to Surdyk’s cheese shop you are missing out!...Before I have friends or family over I stop in the shop to stock up, they have everything I need for entertaining. Even though they have hundreds of cheeses for sale they are so much more then a cheese shop. – GourmetGreen, TripAdvisor