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fooey Nov 28, 2007 01:03 PM

What are some of the better restaurant supply stores in the Seattle area?

What about speciality restaurant supply stores, for paking/pastry for example?

  1. bjones9942 Mar 3, 2011 01:12 PM

    Not in Seattle, unless you count it as so because you order from your computer ... http://www.webstaurantstore.com/ . Their prices can't be beat and the quality is very good. I always wait until I need several things to order so the shipping isn't overwhelming!

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      gdt9967 Feb 23, 2011 10:17 AM

      Has anyone tried the Costco Business Center on 99 North? They don't have a ton of stuff but what they have is very reasonably priced. Two half sheet silicone baking sheets for $18, half sheet Al baking sheet for under $4. Things were less than half of Dicks on the Eastside.

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        mmmFood Jan 18, 2008 05:24 PM

        I live up north, and frequently drive by the Aurora store; I guess that's why I have shopped there. I've always had reasonable service--nice and helpful and never smug, and have almost always bought small-ticket items. I don't go that often, but it's been fine when I have.

        I laugh at the "next week" comments. They've been out of 1/2 sheets the last few times I've been there and wanted to pick up one or two. Each time I was told something to the effect of, "We just got in 20 dozen and sold them like that. Check back again and we'll have more." Ha!

        I've never been to Bargreen's, but would like to go.

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          paulj Jan 18, 2008 05:43 PM

          Comparable quality half sheets sell 2 for $10 at Samsclub just down the street.
          paulj

        2. fooey Jan 17, 2008 05:17 PM

          Went to Bargeen's today, bought nothing. The prices are higher, in some cases much higher, than the other other places mentioned in this thread. I don't have a comment on the staff other than that they left me alone.

          I have visited the Aurora store a couple of times and bought items both times. I find their selection/price/service ratio to be on the mark. Those who mentioned that Aurora is more expensive than Bargeen's need to visit Bargeen's again. Their prices are higher than Aurora, no question.

          One of the guys at Aurora is annoying in that, if he doesn't have what you're looking for, always says "Should have some very soon, shipment next week." If you go back next week, which I did for my stock pot, still nadda. I heard him say this to three people today, "Next week, etc." I asked to order the stock pot, and he brushed me off. Oh well, what can you do. Their prices still beat Bargeen's; the attitude doesn't really factor into things for me. It's a restaurant supply store, not a Sur la Table.

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            mrnelso Jan 17, 2008 07:04 PM

            Thank you for the reminder that an occasional reality-check is in order.

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              Gualtier Malde Jan 18, 2008 09:50 AM

              That's a giggle, about the Aurora store and "next week".

              When I was in college there was a hardware store in the neighborhood and if he didn't have something he would say that there was no "call for it".

              Years later I saw Monty Python's "Cheese Shop" sketch and fell over. It was my hardware guy! I recalled now asking for something as normal to hardware as Cheddar was to an English cheese shop (like a #8 1-inch flathead screw) and being told it wasn't popular enough to carry.

              Thanks for the memory.

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                fooey Jan 19, 2008 05:29 PM

                It's on YouTube!

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT3OQE...

                "I curtailed my Walpoling activities, sallied forth, and infiltrated your place of purveyance to negotiate the vending of some cheesy comestibles!"

                HA HA HA

                Thanks!

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                Roo Jan 18, 2008 11:31 AM

                fooey:

                It is precisely the attitude you describe so well that keeps me a good distance from the Aurora Restaurant Store. I'm willing to pay a little more (but not a lot more) for fair, competent and attentive service. Of course, I'm sure they don't miss me after I went Shirley McLaine (Aurora Greenway, Terms of Endearment) on them . . .

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                oliveoyl Dec 7, 2007 03:13 PM

                I shop at Dick's on 1st Ave So .. super nice people & they will order what they don't have in stock (sometimes thing just come up from portland, so it doesn't take too long) most commercial rest supply stores don't keep a lot of variety on the shelf unlike places like Sur la Table which have almost everything imaginable so be prepared for odd baking supplies to be order only.

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                  babette feasts Jan 19, 2008 05:22 PM

                  Just south and west of Dick's on the side street there is an Asian restaurant supply place - Hing Loon maybe???. They do have things like cambros, sixth pans, ladles, spatulas, whisks, strainers, as well as Asian equipment. Worth a look if you're in the neighborhood anyway. The prices seem quite good to me, but I haven't really comparison shopped.

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                    mrnelso Jan 19, 2008 08:00 PM

                    OK, when you say Dick's to me, I think of 45th Street, where this does not make so much sense to my geography, though I am always ready to be wrong. Just in case your comment is not about the 45th street shop, can you enlighten me?....

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                      jaydeflix Jan 19, 2008 09:06 PM

                      Look at what Babette replied to... 'I shop at Dick's on 1st Ave So'

                      Looking at the rest of the thread.... "Just a note: On the eastside, there's Dick's Restaurant Supply. It's near Nobel Court, the dim sum restaurant.

                      http://www.dicksrestaurantsupply.com/"

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                        babette feasts Jan 20, 2008 05:41 PM

                        Yes, Dick's Restaurant Supply in 1st S, south of Lander, no relation to hamburgers. And close to Home Depot, my other favorite restaurant supply house - paint sprayers and drywall knives for chocolate work, PVC pipe for molds, wood dowels, etc.

                        The Asian store is Dong Vinh, 3201 Utah S.

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                  Bob T. Dec 2, 2007 12:20 PM

                  I agree with everyone who suggested Bargreens on 1st. I've used them for over 20 years and have outfitted 2 restaurants with their stuff. Their as helpful if I spend $100 or $1000.

                  1. fooey Dec 1, 2007 01:34 PM

                    Just a note: On the eastside, there's Dick's Restaurant Supply. It's near Nobel Court, the dim sum restaurant.

                    http://www.dicksrestaurantsupply.com/

                    They usually don't have what I'm looking for at the Bellevue store, but are happy to order it. They ordered me quiche molds recently.

                    The prices are good too.

                    It seems like there are two other stores, one right here in Seattle and another in Mt. Vernon. The one in Mt. Vernon looks huge, and I'm certain to check it out when I'm there next.

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                      Gualtier Malde Nov 30, 2007 08:40 AM

                      Also, Cash and Carry stores have supplies in restaurant packaging as well as large whole chunks of meat etc. The amount of kitchen stuff they have varies, but there is quite a bit. Our favorite one is one street east of Aurora at 130th, behind K-Mart.

                      It's not really "cash" - they take plastic.

                      1. MsMaryMc Nov 29, 2007 02:57 PM

                        For specialty baking and pastry items, you might find what you need at Home Cake Decorating Supply in Maple Leaf (9514 Roosevelt Way NE, 206-522-4300). It's small and cluttered, but the owner knows her stuff and can put her hands on just about anything you ask for in the realm of baking, candy-making, and other fancy things you might want to do with sugar. I've gone there for everything from edible rice paper, to pretty cellophane bags for home-made candy, to Día de los Muertos sugar skull molds. I've been told that a lot of local chefs and caterers shop there, too.

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                          allisonw Nov 29, 2007 04:27 PM

                          The Business Costco has some stuff too. I bought a stainless saucepan with a copper sandwich bottom for $20 there (no lid for that price) that is every bit as good as my $100 All-Clad.

                          There's a Biz Costco up north not too far from the regular one that's at 205th and Aurora.

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                            fooey Dec 1, 2007 01:26 PM

                            Would you have an address? Also, do I need a business membership to shop there?

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                              hannaone Dec 2, 2007 04:56 PM

                              19105 Highway 99
                              Lynnwood, WA 98036
                              (425) 640-7700

                              I don't think you need the business membership, you can call them and make sure. They are also open earlier than the standard Costco, but are closed on Sundays.

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                                hannaone Dec 7, 2007 02:59 PM

                                Just an update -
                                I was in the Business Costco this morning and asked about the membership req.
                                Any Costco member can use the Biz Center.

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                                  fooey Dec 14, 2007 12:37 PM

                                  Thanks, hannaone. I went there last week and it does have a nice supply of restaurant equipment. I found it difficult to browse, however, considering most of the items are boxed with very little description. It seems a lot of others have the same problem, and just open a box or two. :)

                                  Oh, it's certainly not a place I would go to buy food, that's for sure. It looks like a lot of icky holdover items.

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                              stolenchange Nov 30, 2007 08:51 AM

                              That place is a gem. It's tiny but i can spend so much time in there.

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                                fooey Dec 1, 2007 01:28 PM

                                This sounds like a gem. I bet it's just the place where I could find a traditional kugelhopf pan. Is it the sort of place that, if it isn't in stock, they would be happy to order it?

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                                  MsMaryMc Dec 1, 2007 06:22 PM

                                  I've never had to ask--she's never been without what I was looking for! But I'll bet she would.

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                                  fooey Jan 19, 2008 12:12 PM

                                  I went here (Home Cake Decorating Supply in Maple Leaf (9514 Roosevelt Way NE, 206-522-4300) and she does indeed have a nice supply. It's heavily stocked for cake baking, as the name suggests; but, there's a nice selection of tart pans too.

                                  She's nice and very helpful; the prices are very reasonable.

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                                  Gualtier Malde Nov 29, 2007 11:31 AM

                                  Bargreen Restaurant Equipment and Supplies used to be up at the extension of Mercer St. just under the freeway. Now they are on First Avenue S. They have been e the premier store for the professionals for many years. Nice to amateurs, as well. http://www.bargreen.com/

                                  My wife and I visited that one on Aurora and couldn't get out of there fast enough. Pricey and smug, I thought.

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                                    paulj Nov 29, 2007 12:40 PM

                                    What types of items were you looking at? I've shopped for basics at the Aurora store - things like sheet pans, Camware storage containers, aluminum pots, paring knives. Prices on these looked good to me. Samsclub down the street is cheaper, but has a much narrower selection.

                                    Most of the floor space in the Aurora store is taken up with restaurant stoves and chillers, items that are well beyond my budget and needs. For the items that I wanted I didn't need help, smug or not.

                                    paulj

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                                      mrnelso Nov 29, 2007 06:38 PM

                                      Thank you for the comments, as it was our experience, as well, that Bargreen is "nice to amateurs", which they are, and that the Aurora store is not what it could be in price, attitude, and service.

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                                        paulj Nov 29, 2007 07:02 PM

                                        Once I overheard the employees at the Aurora store discuss the sales one of them had just, apparently to a couple setting up some sort of restaurant or related business. It was evident that they worked on commission, at least for the big budget items. So it shouldn't be surprising if a retail customer did not get much attention, especially if there were professional customers around. We are, after all, talking about a restaurant supply, not BB&B or L&T :)

                                        Anyways, for those of us living north of Seattle, the Aurora location is more convenient than something downtown or further south.

                                        paulj

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                                          mrnelso Nov 29, 2007 07:51 PM

                                          And we thank you for reinforcing the point that Bargreen's personnel seem to thrive in a culture that respects people, as well as money.

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                                          christy319 Nov 29, 2007 08:32 PM

                                          I've found the service at the supply on Aurora to be very friendly and helpful, and I'm not a big ticket item buyer by any means.

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                                        mrnelso Nov 29, 2007 09:52 AM

                                        Cash & Carry has a small section of restaurant supply equipment items, but for greater variety I go to Bargreen Ellingson.

                                        1. terrier Nov 29, 2007 09:51 AM

                                          It's probably not the best one in town, but I usually hit up the one just north of Pho Cyclo on 1st Ave S (across the street from Starbucks HQ) when I need something.

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                                            MaggieSue Nov 28, 2007 11:16 PM

                                            There is a good one at 149th and Aurora: http://www.seattlerestaurantstore.com/

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                                              nseattlefoodie Nov 29, 2007 05:28 AM

                                              I'll second this one. It's my stop for supplies, and on the way to Costco :)

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                                                Roo Nov 29, 2007 08:19 AM

                                                I personally have not had a very good experience at this store. When I returned a defective item within the allowed time I was accused of breaking it myself and they wouldn't replace it! I have also found their staff to be arrogant and not really interested in helping you unless you are after the big ticket items.

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                                                  fooey Dec 1, 2007 01:01 PM

                                                  I find most restaurant supply stores to have this attitude, I just ignore it.

                                                  I imagine they view customers unaffliated with a restaurant walk in and immediately think "cheap customer".

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                                                  nodicecharley Jul 3, 2009 12:43 PM

                                                  Used to be A LOT better a few years ago. New owners and all, now it's just a business. Used to more geared to restaurant owners that were long time customers, but not really anymore. Feels like a quick buck to me now, and regardless of what anyone else says, you can find it all cheaper with a little time and patience!

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