Anyone know a good place to find large quantities of food items like quality olive oil, vinegars, spices and herbs? I've looked into the following: Smart & Final (NOT good prices), Surfa's (ditto), Costco (perhaps the best so far), and Trader Joe's (surprisingly good prices). I think what I need is a restaurant supply place where the price truly is right. Thanks in advance for any help you can give!!
For olive oil, at least, you could try middle eastern stores - they often have amazing deals on olive and grapeseed oil in the large metal tins.
I used to know someone who worked for an olive oil importer, but unfortunately I don't have any contact information. But there are definitely folks who import good quality olive oil for a good price.
You guys rock and this web site rocks. Thank you for the advice. I'm not a restaurant but I am looking to start a particular gourmet food business. I've always wondered about that place on Jefferson. I'll have to look into getting a bus. license. Thanks everyone! Canton Food will be on my list this weekend.
Same question as monku's.
If answer is YES, this is your place (membership is free):
5333 West Jefferson
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Mon: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fri: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sat: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sun: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
You in the restaurant business? I only ask because spices and herbs only are good for maybe a year before you should replace them.
You want a restaurant supply place where mom & pop places shop try Canton Food Co., kind of like a Chinese Costco-- no membership required and cash and carry. They got everything from Asian to American products in bulk sizes--meats, seafood, produce, staples, canned goods, spices, sauces, restaurant supplies, cleaning supplies, etc.
Prices must be good, the place is packed in the morning with restaurants shopping there.
Canton Food Co
750 S Alameda St (7th Street next to Farmer Boys)
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Open 7 days a week at 8am
Trader Joe's has terrific prices on lots of things (compare the same items there and at Whole Foods -- jeez!), but they don't really sell "large quantities" the same way that, say, Costco does. When I need the few things that I sometimes buy in bulk -- 20 lb. of rice, say, or a gallon of soy sauce or oil or vinegar -- Costco is my go-to place. Their prices are good, and they turn over an awful lot of product so things seem pretty fresh. Also, they have GREAT meat.