Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Prairie Provinces >
May 20, 2010 09:41 PM

Restaurant supply stores open to public? [Calgary]

I've never been to a restaurant supply store, but really wouldn't mind checking one out. Are there any that are open to the public in town that you'd recommend?

I'm not looking for anything in particular (although I imagine I'll see a million things I'll want). I'm just curious and would like to go browse some time.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. They all are open to the public as far as I know. Just don't expect a deal.
    Or good customer service......but yes, it is a great way to spend a day visiting all those places.

    1. I totally agree about service but I think they're a deal in that they are better value for your money for small goods like tongs or paring knives. The quality of the standard items is much higher. I haven't directly compared in a while but a few years ago they were cheaper but worldwidestuff suggests that's changed.

      There is also a Chinese one on Centre street north on the west side of the street around 10th avenue.

      2 Replies
      1. re: sharonanne

        There is also Brown's - on the edge of downtown on Riverfront avenue

        1. re: sharonanne

          I found my mini coffee spoons there that I use for condiments. Not terribly fine looking but they work well... Squeeze bottles for sauces too.

        2. i've only been to hendrix, but i've been a number of times, and they've always had EXCELLENT customer service... not sure why the rest of you are having problems haha :P Also, I find that the prices are cheaper or the same as you're going to pay at a big box store (unless you're comparing all-clad to lagostina, e.g.), but the quality is far superior. for instance, you can get the yellow-handled henckels there for > $30/knife. while they aren't as "sexy" as their $125 counterparts you can buy at the Bay, they do have the same exact blade.

          Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supplies

          457 42 Avenue Southeast
          Calgary, AB T2G 1Y3, Canada
          (403) 243-5539

          9 Replies
          1. re: nonlinear

            Hey non, you mean <, not >.

            And you don't feel so bad when you have to toss the knife out!

            1. re: Scary Bill

              hahah, sorry about that! that's actually quite embarrassing... anyhow, thanks for the correction!

              and yes - you can buy probably 4 of the yellow-handeled knives for the same price as 1 of the sexy blades.

              1. re: nonlinear

                thats cool, looking at the sets I'm pretty sure they make blades for ikea too. I love ikea blades. Esp the "Henckels Twin Master Stickling Knife 8""

            2. re: nonlinear

              Drove by Hendrix a few times and never stopped in yet. In terms of service I meant their clear distinction between a big fish and a small walk in retail client like myself.
              I watched it a few times.

              1. re: nonlinear

                Second the recommendation for Hendrix. I have one of the yellow-handled 10" chef's knives, a large white cutting board (I think it's 20" x 28"), and two heavy-gauge half sheet pans. I use the knife and the cutting board every day and the two half sheet pans have replaced all my other cookie sheet/jelly roll pans. Great prices and the service is fine for me--friendly and helpful when asked but they don't follow you around the store.

                1. re: aktivistin

                  yea, i think it's great. you can browse at your leisure, without having to deal with people coming up asking if they can help you... but if you do need help, the staff are more than happy to assist... and checkout is awesome. i often get tangled in convo when trying to pay for my items hahah!

                2. re: nonlinear

                  I stopped by Hendrix yesterday for the first time. I thought their service was EXCELLENT and very friendly. I was approached a few times by different staff asking if I needed any assistance. The prices were pretty good. It was nice to see that they carried a lot of Paderno items and the prices on some of the Paderno items were even better than the Paderno outlet in Edmonton. I also found out that they do knife sharpening... $2 on Tuesdays and $3.49 the rest of the other times.

                  1. re: miss.foodie

                    Missy, does Hendrix do a good job sharpening knives, ie do they grind a new edge that I can keep sharp for some time afterwards with a steel?

                    1. re: Scary Bill

                      Mr Scary.. If you like to have your knife "scary" sharp as I do I would highly recomend Knifewear in Inglewood... I have a couple high carbon steel japanese knives that I would never dream of getting sharpened anywhere else. They use a series of waterstones for sharpening and will sharpen to your specifics. ie straight razor sharp and the tip and a little less sharp and the heel is what I prefer. At $10 per knife I think it's a steal.. considering it will take them 15-20 mins per knife while showing you exactly what they are doing and why. Will restore your never used "old" knife to a precise slicing tool. A dull knife is way more of a danger than one razor sharp!

                3. I actually look up restaurant supply places in cities when I travel. In NYC my husband had to restrain me from buying a neon sign that promised "Good Food". I think it would have looked great on the ugly sound barrier the city put in my backyard.

                  Sometimes there are real bargains in the used equipment sections.

                  1. Thanks so much everyone! Can't wait to head on down and check things out!