Restaurant / Kitchen Wholesale Supplier
Is there a wholesale district for kitchen supplies in Chicago? I'm new to the area and would love to go there to restock my kitchen -- pots and pans etc. Do you have any neighborhoods to recommend, or better yet, a specific supply store? Thanks for your help!
Hey Laralara, you're best bet is to head to 1100-ish West Madison. There are a few restaurant equipment supply places, namely Gold Bros. which is where I bought a bunch of sheet pans, spoons, pots & pans and some other odds and ends when I first moved out here. It's going to be the best bang for your buck.
If you're looking for kitchen staples like bulk spices, oil, beans, etc, you'll probably want to head a couple blocks north to Randolph (approx. 700W-1200W). There are a ton of random stores that peddle everything from napkins to bulk rice. Between Madison and Randoph, you should be able to get everything you need.
There's also a Restaurant Depot around here somewhere too, but I think it's like Costco where you need a membership.
While Sur La Table is a phenomenal store, they are not the place to go if you're on a budget. I would stick to the restaurant supply stores and even consider popping in to TJ Maxx or Marshalls...I've almost always had luck going in and finding some All-Clad or Le Creuset gear. They definitely have some hidden gems.
I am still in mourning for the departed Don Outlet. Don is still in business---I see trucks---what do they do now with their outlet-type stuff?
What's the excitement over Northwestern Cutlery? I was hoping it would be a brick and mortar version of webstaurantstore.com. I've not visited the store, but their online prices are similar to Amazon.com.
Silpat is the same price, parchment paper - $6.95 for 24 sheets. Webstaurant sells parchment for under $5.00 for 100 sheets. I also bought food storage containers for a fraction of the retail costs from Katom - another restaurant supply store.
The only negative about webstaurant is their shipping fees - if I can find a local store, that will be perfect.
If anyone knows a place in Chicago where I can get bulk items dirt-cheap AND open to the public, please let me know.