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Sep 6, 2007 11:40 AM

Restaurant Supply Store

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. 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

      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

        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:

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

        1. re: DiveFan

          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

        1. re: Obessed

          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

            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.

      1. 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

          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.

          1. re: Diana

            Yes, Chinese cleavers indeed ...

        2. 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

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

            1. re: chefthisguy

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

            2. 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

                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.