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RESTAURANT SUPPLY IN L.A.?

Any suggestions on a decent restaurant supply house in L.A., for the well-equipped home kitchen?
Star in Van Nuys is OK, but limited, and I won't go back to Surfa's after they sold me a defective InstaRead thermometer and then refused to replace it. ("We don't guarantee what we sell" was the gist of the message.)
I'm looking for a good source for workhorse pots and pans mostly, and the occasional small appliance.

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    1. re: Servorg

      +1 Action Sales

      I used to go to Charlie's Fixtures, which I liked, but I have been converted. As far as pots and pans go, Charlie's might be close, but the more expensive things get the more Action Sales pulls away. I don't understand how they can make money - For big stainless steel products and ranges and stuff like that their prices are ridiculously cheap. Service has always been really great for me there too.

    2. Just head down to Gardena. Theres a good number of used restaurant supply places down there. Really good prices and don't be afraid to haggle.

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      1. re: EatingoutFresno

        Gardena - Huh? Please elaborate.

        To the OP, Costco Business Centers in Hawthorne is worth checking out.
        Ditto on Smart and Final, just research comparible pricing before you buy.
        If Surfas sold you something defective that you can't return/exchange, dispute it on your credit card and write the mgmt. Maybe you talked to Clueless New Employee.

      2. New Costco Business Center in the City of Commerce.

        Open 8am-6pm Monday-Saturday. (all members)
        Corner of Washington and Telegraph.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/639831

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        1. re: monku

          Costco is famous for their liberal return policy.
          At the Costco Business Center I bought an MIU Electronic Roasting Thermometer for $16.99....(they don't carry it at regular Costco's) I bought one that looked exactly the same at Sur La Table for $25 years ago. Amazon.com wants $27.
          http://www.amazon.com/MIU-93081-Elect...

          They had mechanical type thermometers for $2.39 and a friend of mine bought one of those battery operated instant on thermometers for $11.99...he said the cheapest he's found them for is $15.

          The Costco Business Center pots and pans are restaurant grade, they don't carry home stuff like Calphalon.

          They have bins of restaurant grade utensils at prices you probably can't beat at other restaurant supply places.

          1. re: monku

            Does my normal Costco membership get me into the Business Center?

            1. re: trimtab

              Yes, as linked to by Monku: "Open to all Costco Members."

          2. Charlie's Fixtures

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

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            1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

              yep,
              go to CHARLIE'S FIXTURES
              take your time and walk the aisles!

            2. Cookin' Stuff in Torrance has a good selection and I believe they have a nice online site. I just returned a defective timer that I had no recipt for, without any problems.

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              Cookin' Stuff
              22217 Palos Verdes Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505