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Aug 9, 2007 05:15 PM

Bulk ingredients?

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!!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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
      (213) 688-7707
      Open 7 days a week at 8am

      1. Same question as monku's.

        If answer is YES, this is your place (membership is free):
        Restaurant Depot
        5333 West Jefferson
        Los Angeles, CA 90016

        Phone: 323-964-1200
        Fax: 323-964-1211

        Store Hours:
        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

        2 Replies
        1. re: RicRios

          Don't you need a resale number/sellerspermit?

          1. re: Burger Boy

            Yes, you 'll need a business license or written permission from a non-profit that you are authorized to shop for them, but membership is free.

        2. 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.

          1. For spices try Penzeys Spices. You can purchase a variety of size packages and the quality & service is great. They are on the web and do have a number of store front locations, but mainly east and Midwest I believe.

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            1. re: meatn3

              Torrance - Hawthorne & Torrance Blvd