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Dec 1, 2009 09:09 PM

suggestions for value kitchen supply stores

OK, enough, let's face it, as Chowhounds we don't just eat.
We also cook.... at home......... (Or at least we try, and I will bet the results are pretty good!) You guys aren't fooling me! .......Keep on cookin' !
Sometimes, we need tools and vessels to make it happen.
Therefore, when I am in town , which kitchen supply stores are worth visiting?
I have visited the options at Jean Talon and found them to be quite overpriced, but I am willing to travel around some for decent prices. I am not looking for anything in particular, just some value.

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  1. When I'm looking for a kitchen tool, I pay a visit to Ares or Quincaillerie Dante.

    Quincaillerie Dante
    6851 St Dominique,
    Montreal, QC H2S 3B3

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    1. re: Foie Gras Lover

      Ares and Dante are not words I would use in the same sentence as value.

      Ares has good selection and Dante has great service, but they are hardly good value.

      Whaddaya know, I just used those three words in the same sentence!

    2. If you're looking for discount kitchenware, you may want to check out the various HomeSense stores around town - but it's hit or miss, you never know what they'll have at any given time.

      Déco Découverte (Home Outfitters in the rest of Canada) can also have some good deals.

      Ares is amazing, but I wouldn't put it in the "value"/"discount" boat.

      I've also heard Tzanet mentioned on the board a number of times, but I don't know what their prices are like:

      Good luck!

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      1. re: kpzoo

        Tzanet has excellent prices and quite a selection. I buy kitchen supplies for my daycare from there and find they have stuff Ares doesn't have in stock. The only drawback is that it is quite a mess in there and sometimes difficult to find some items. The staff are so nice & extremely helpful... plus, there are many of them available to help you out. They will be moving to a new location, so maybe that may organize things a bit.

        1. re: Andria

          I add my vote for Tzanet as well as for Winners/Homesense. It's also a good idea to keep an eye out for sales at places like Canadian Tire, Sears and Zellers. I think last week Canadian Tire was selling a Cuisinart stand-mixer at $200 off. Sears has clearence sections in their stores, where there are great deals to be had. They recently had a bunch of Wolfgang Puck branded small appliances at 50% off.

      2. Also Desprès Laporte. Not necessarily value but if you're in need of a commercial deep fryer to go along with that $1 spatula, they can do it.

        1. Monas on Parc, north of Mont-Royal. (Don't judge the store's inventory by the website's.)

          1. I'd say Monas, but I cannot say if it's best for "value" since I rarely buy kitchen pots and pans (once or twice every decade), and buy better quality.

            For utility stuff (mixing spons, wooden spatulas, ..., basic bowls) I go to dollarama.

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            1. re: Maximilien

              i am a dollarama fan too for glassware/stainless steel stuff.
              wuld u buy the plastic stuff/silicone cookware from dollarama, without worrying about the quality control.! ( plastic leaching into food at high temp. even though the label says it will NOT)
              though a lot of cdn. tire/winners stuff is also made in china.

              dollarama questionable buys: silicone tongs/whisk/can opener/spatula plastic/ non stick stuff
              dollarama buys ( work as well as expensive brands): metal tongs, serving spoons ss,

              1. re: divya

                I also had a nasty experience with glass storage bowls from Dollarama with a plastic cover (large ones - one dollar, smaller ones 2 for $1). More than one broke from a very slight impact (not dropping them on the floor. I don't think they are safe.