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mrshankly Sep 6, 2007 11:40 AM

Can somebody recommend a good restaurant supply store with a comprehensive inventory where I can buy restaurant grade cooking utensils and containers for reasonable prices?

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  1. ipsedixit Sep 6, 2007 11:43 AM

    Try Star Kitchen in Van Nuys.

    Had a friend that just did a shopping spree there and was quite pleased.


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    1. re: ipsedixit
      SauceSupreme Sep 6, 2007 12:15 PM

      I second Star -- this is my restaurant supply store of choice also. If you're looking for Asian-esque items, there's a little restaurant supply store in Chinatown whose name always escapes me, but that's only because I don't feel good about paying more than $2 for a deep-fry spider. It's also where I get my stainless steel prep bowls.

      But because I forget the name and location, you'll have to just go to Star.

      1. re: SauceSupreme
        DiveFan Sep 6, 2007 03:48 PM

        Could it be Super Home Mart in the same building as Empress Pavilion? Same Asian kitchen supplies at half what most other stores charge. Great hours also - see Place link.

        I remember a few previous topics on Asian style restaurant supplies, so far found this one: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/348595

        Super Home Mart
        988 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        1. re: DiveFan
          SauceSupreme Sep 6, 2007 04:07 PM

          Nope it's Oriental Palace, next to the tea shop. Seriously, prep bowls are only $3 there. I bought a dozen of them in various sizes, including the wide but shallow size that's perfect for prepping a large salad. I got a heavy Chinese cleaver there for $17 and while I forgot the price, I also get my cooling racks there (the kind that fit right over a sheet pan so that the thing you've put in the oven can drip -- also good for resting cookies).

          Oriental Palace
          727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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      cheesecustard Sep 6, 2007 11:45 AM

      Surfas (open to public) - Culver City

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      1. re: cheesecustard
        Obessed Sep 6, 2007 12:12 PM

        I second Surfas

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          Diana Sep 6, 2007 12:20 PM

          Third and Fourth Surfas. Can I fifth?

          Star is good, too (and sometimes cheaper) but it is more bare -bones. Surfas also offers edible items for use in baking, cooking, gourmet meals, hard to find spices, pastas, mustards and sauces, classes, a nice cafe/coffee bar and more!

          1. re: Diana
            SauceSupreme Sep 6, 2007 12:25 PM

            It's actually because of all those reasons that I try to avoid Surfas. That being said, if there's an event in 8 hours and I need a quart of guava puree, I'm definitely heading to Surfas.

      2. mrshankly Sep 6, 2007 12:30 PM

        Thanks for the recommendations!! I'm closer to Star and need some basic stuff, but I'll check out Surfas when I'm down in that area.... sounds like a cool place to shop.

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        1. re: mrshankly
          Diana Sep 6, 2007 12:34 PM

          I got the best kitchen shears ever at Star. They also have a good selection of nice Chinese cleavers and a good array of fairly priced cast iron ware.

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            ipsedixit Sep 6, 2007 12:45 PM

            Yes, Chinese cleavers indeed ...

        2. Das Ubergeek Sep 6, 2007 12:55 PM

          There's also a place next to Cafe Bravo on Glenoaks in Glendale. I've been in -- it's not quite as big as Star but if you live close by it's fine.

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek
            chefthisguy Sep 6, 2007 01:35 PM

            Charlie's Fixtures...near mornadie and western area....plus he is an oddball..

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              CucumberBoy Sep 6, 2007 04:06 PM

              Plus there's a Fatburger(tm) a few doors down from Star Restaurant Supply...a plus in my book. Sometimes. KINGBURGER WITH EGG!

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                Burger Boy Sep 6, 2007 04:37 PM

                Venice, 1 block east of Western.

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              Sugar Jones Sep 6, 2007 04:17 PM

              I second Charlies. It's on Pico near Western. It's huge and crowded full of stuff and fun. I find Star to be on the expensive side..but not as expensive as Surfas. Charlies is where real chefs, restaurant owner and caterers go. Good prices and selection. Not fancy, but the real deal.

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              1. re: Sugar Jones
                liu Apr 12, 2010 11:50 AM

                I third Charlies, although all the places mentioned are good.

                If you are shopping Charlies, be sure to go into the dark caverns where they stack the dishes. Under all that dust and deep inside those cardboard boxes, there are some fine dishes, cups and glasses. Many are "by-the-dozen," but there are many singles to be had.

                Also, check out their knives in the front cases.

                When you are ready to purchase, be sure to ask for their best price...and then ask again!
                As Sugar Jones said, they might not be the least expensive around, but I like their selection.

              2. DiveFan Sep 6, 2007 04:52 PM

                The web site I have for Charlies shows that he's on Venice near Western:
                EDIT - the identically named place in Google nearby at 2352 W Washington Blvd is his former location.

                EDIT - some other possibilities here:
                Any 'thumbs up' , please link here. TIA!

                Surfas Restaurant & Supply
                8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                Charlie's Fixtures
                2251 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                Star Restaurant Equipment
                6178 Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91411

                Ideal Restaurant Equipment
                1133 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202

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                1. re: DiveFan
                  Sugar Jones Sep 6, 2007 07:29 PM

                  sorry! i meant venice.

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                  woojink Jan 12, 2010 01:49 PM

                  Restaurant Depot - you do need a membership. Good stuff. Also second/third/etc... Surfas.

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                    wild2travel Apr 12, 2010 11:24 AM

                    Try DLG Restaurant Equipment in Pomona, California. They buy and sell used restaurant equipment. They also stock new smallwares, knives, pots pans dishes laddles and all kinds of odd restaurant equipment!


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                      Raymondo Apr 12, 2010 01:15 PM

                      Chef's Toys
                      18430 Pacific Street
                      Fountain Valley, CA 92708
                      (714) 435-9222

                      Very large selection also sharpen knives $3.00 each and they do a decent job. Have to leave them there overnight.

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                        foodiemahoodie Apr 12, 2010 02:04 PM

                        My first instinct is to recommend Surfas, but it seems that after their upscale move down the street, their prices moved up. There are occasional bargains, and it's still a fun place to get lost in - but if you're going to buy more than a few things, there are other places I'd go to first.

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                          Wolfgang Apr 13, 2010 04:54 PM

                          I completely agree. I miss their old store. I used to think that I was getting a good deal at Surfas. Now I just appreciate the variety they have.
                          As a pricing example, I found a Benriner mandolin cheaper at Sur La Table.

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                          Ideefixed Apr 12, 2010 02:47 PM

                          Costco's Business Center has a ton of cooking/restaurant supplies at very good prices. No French copper, no sexy madeline tins, but good stuff.

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                            llengua Apr 13, 2010 04:37 PM

                            The Chefs Toy's store in Fountain Valley has the best selection in O.C. If that is not to far to travel.

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