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Nov 28, 2007 01:03 PM

Seattle Restaurant Supply Stores

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

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

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    1. re: MaggieSue

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

      1. re: MaggieSue

        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.

        1. re: Roo

          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".

        2. re: MaggieSue

          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!

        3. 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.

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

            1. 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.

              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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              1. re: Gualtier Malde

                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.


                1. re: Gualtier Malde

                  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.

                  1. re: mrnelso

                    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.


                    1. re: paulj

                      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.

                    2. re: mrnelso

                      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.

                  2. 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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                    1. re: MsMaryMc

                      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.

                      1. re: allisonw

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

                        1. re: fooey

                          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.

                          1. re: fooey

                            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.

                            1. re: hannaone

                              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.

                        2. re: MsMaryMc

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

                          1. re: MsMaryMc

                            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?

                            1. re: fooey

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

                            2. re: MsMaryMc

                              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.