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Buying cookware in Orange County?

ctworden Jun 27, 2008 10:03 PM


Tomorrow I'll be doing a clambake at my house with some friends. I just realized that our stockpot isn't nearly large enough (10 quart).

I'm looking for something like a 16 quart pot to do this dish but am wondering where some good spots to buy cookware in Orange County are. I know the obvious Macy's, but anyone have a hot tip about where to get a decent buy?


  1. Professor Salt Jun 28, 2008 12:55 AM

    Chef's Toys is terrific. They're going to move this summer to a bigger warehouse in Fountain Valley (near Restaurant Depot). For those reading this thread later than mid summer 2008, call ahead to get the new address.

    Restaurant Depot is great too, but it's wholesale only and you can get a membership if you have a business license. Another location in Anaheim north of the 91.

    With Chef's Toys moving to town, Fountain Valley's turning into commercial restaurant supply central. There's also 2000 Plus, which is Vietnamese owned. There's a better selection of stuff geared for the Chinese / Viet restaurant kitchen here.

    In central OC, there's Orange County Restaurant Supply. Near the Ponda Center in the City of Orange. Excellent source of commercial restaurant gear, especially used fixtures.

    There's more independent shops in Santa Ana and Westminster. How many more leads do you need?

    O C Restaurant Equipment
    1215 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA

    Restaurant Depot
    10850 Spencer St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

    Restaurant Depot
    1265 N Kraemer Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806

    2000 Plus Restaurant Supply
    11210 Talbert Ave, Fountain Valley, CA

    6 Replies
    1. re: Professor Salt
      hobbess Jul 11, 2008 09:25 PM

      Any recommendations for a place to eat around Chef's Toys? I'll probably drop by during lunch, and I'd like to get some lunch in that area.

      1. re: hobbess
        Professor Salt Jul 12, 2008 07:33 PM

        I haven't explored the restaurants in the immediate area of Chef's Toys. It's in the outer orbits of Santa Ana's Mexican restaurants. If you're inclined to explore on your own, I think Bristol St. and Grand St appear more chow-dense than Main St. If you're willing to make a 10 minute drive further northwest, check out El Gallo Giro

        El Gallo Giro
        1442 S Bristol St Ste 1A, Santa Ana, CA 92704

        1. re: Professor Salt
          justagthing Jul 12, 2008 08:17 PM

          Tacos o Burrito de lengua...my old stand by after partying all night long.

          1. re: Professor Salt
            hobbess Jul 13, 2008 08:34 PM

            Ten minutes of a drive is perhaps a bit tad too far- I have to factor in the time for driving to Chef's Toys and looking around, the drive to go eat lunch and how long it takes to eat lunch, and then driving back to work.

            I guess I should go after work, but then that will only make the ride home in traffic that much worse.

          2. re: hobbess
            russkar Jul 12, 2008 09:32 PM

            Marche Moderne in SCP ( 20- for Spontanie Lunch)

            1. re: chefstoys
              chefstoys Jul 14, 2008 11:38 AM

              Sorry, Also we'll be in Fountain Valley on August 1st.

              18430 Pacific St.
              Fountain Valley, 92708

          3. OCAnn Jun 27, 2008 10:41 PM

            Try Chef's Toys (a restaurant supply store) in Santa Ana: chefstoys.net

            Advantage Equipment-Chefs Toys
            18430 Pacific St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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            1. re: OCAnn
              ctworden Jun 28, 2008 09:36 AM

              Perfect, that's near my house. Thanks! I'll make sure I call ahead to see if they are still in the same location

              Thanks all!

              1. re: OCAnn
                OC Mutt Jun 29, 2008 03:04 PM

                I second Chef's toys - it's a terrific store! Great deals on Global knives, and they have a terrific sharpening service as well.

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