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Restaurant and Kitchen Supply Stores, South Bay Edition, 2011

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  1. My first addition for the year is Chefs’ Toys. Our friends in the O.C. are well aware of their commercial wares, and now they’re open in the South Bay:

    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/92367...

    Stopped by a couple of days ago, and their shelves are nearly full (they opened in April 2011)…

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    Chefs' Toys
    20100 Hamilton Ave, Torrance, CA 90502

    1. Earlier this year, ChefsMart moved from their old location on Artesia Bl. in Torrance to a *much* larger location on 190th St. in Gardena:

      http://chefsmartinc.com/contact.aspx

      A lot of large commercial equipment, along with consumer friendly items (pans, knives, etc.).

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      ChefsMart
      1355 W. 190th Street, Gardena, CA 90248

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      1. re: Joe Blowe

        I was there last week and it is a very large space. Walked up and down every aisle, I so need a bigger kitchen. I bought a few things, but passed on the 60qt stock pot and the mixing bowl that someone else mentioned you could take a bath in. The guys there are nice to deal with, they seem to have a big online biz going, since there seemed to be about 8-10 desks with computers, seemingly many more than "the store" would need. It's the only restaurant supply store that I have seen in the South Bay. But....

      2. JB, thanks for the heads up on Chef's Toys. Here's my list of possibilities:
        http://www.chow.com/lists/72
        I didn't include Restaurant Depot because it is wholesale only.

        1. Finally dropped by Chefsmart today. Discovered that they carry a great selection of Winco cookware, including the stainless steel pots/pans with thick tapered plate bottoms.

          BTW Costco Business Center in Hawthorne (and elsewhere) deserves an honorable mention. Not that great a selection, but good prices as usual. The trick to searching CBC stock on their website is to select Business Delivery on the main page and pretend you are a close-by zip code (90250). The default 'consumer store' search will Not find items stocked at CBC.