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!!
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.
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
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 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.
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.