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Need some recommendations for an online restaurant supply company

Zinful Jan 13, 2012 01:37 PM

Anyone have any luck using on online restaurant supply house? I need a bunch of kitchen workhorse supplies (tongs, mixing bowls, measuring spoons, spatulas, etc) and refuse to buy them at Williams Sonoma or BBnB. I found one place called Peoples Restaurant Equipment that looks great and was just wondering if anyone has used them or any place like them.


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  1. meadandale RE: Zinful Jan 13, 2012 01:50 PM

    I can get a lot of this stuff at Amazon (and have). With a Prime membership and free 2 day shipping...it's pretty hard to shop elsewhere unless it's something they don't carry.

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      Zinful RE: meadandale Jan 13, 2012 01:58 PM

      I have used Amazon, and it's great. But the prices at the place I mentioned are ridiculous. I'm just not crazy about the shipping and the "handling charge" they tack on the end. But even with those it's still cheap. Thanks!

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        meadandale RE: Zinful Jan 13, 2012 02:07 PM

        If you are getting a bunch of stuff it may be worth it (especially if you don't need it quickly). Trouble I have with many of these places is that if I only want to get a couple of things then I end up paying $10 for shipping for $15 worth of stuff. Then it takes 10 days to get here.

        I've used a couple of different places for odds and ends but have never used Peoples...

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          dcruz RE: Zinful Jan 10, 2013 01:48 PM

          You're right! Amazon is great! It actually pays off to purchase in bulk and some products have a 2 year shelf life. About the shipping, its not bad considering in the end some products are still less than purchasing from the "middle man." There is a known restaurant just outside of Detroit called Lelli's of Auburn Hills, they purchase a line of awesome products called "Flavor Glow." These products where only available to through distributors and I can purchase directly on Amazon! Well at least some of their products hopefully all soon. Can't wait to see their line of baking goods!

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          EWSflash RE: meadandale Jan 13, 2012 05:31 PM

          +1, meadandale.

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          fourunder RE: Zinful Jan 13, 2012 03:38 PM


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            vttp926 RE: Zinful Jan 13, 2012 04:58 PM

            For our restaurant there are couple we used Ace Mart, Restaurant Equippers and most recently Central Restaurant. Central restaurant has really good customer service. I order the wrong item and they are letting me keep it and refunding me the cost also. Makes me want to order from them again.


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              Kelli2006 RE: Zinful Jan 14, 2012 12:24 PM

              I order a lot of specialized baking supplies from J.B.Prince, but I have a local restaurant supply store when I get my usual supplies if I can't find them at BB&B.

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                mpalmer6c RE: Zinful Jan 10, 2013 03:29 PM

                I've had good results from

                1. Chemicalkinetics RE: Zinful Jan 10, 2013 04:48 PM

                  No one has mentioned katom, so here it is. www.katom.com

                  1. TraderJoe RE: Zinful Jan 10, 2013 04:48 PM



                    1. breadchick RE: Zinful Jan 10, 2013 06:17 PM

                      I love Webstaurantstore. Be careful, you can go a bit crazy with all the neat stuff.

                      I need to check out Katom, as suggested by chem. (May end up being a huge mistake...ha)

                      I am breadchick, and I want a restaurant in my own kitchen. Sadly, I have a small kitchen and no wait staff.

                      1. kaleokahu RE: Zinful Jan 10, 2013 09:20 PM

                        Hi, Zinful:

                        Fantes sells on-line. They're America's Dehillerin.


                        1. BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: Zinful Jan 11, 2013 05:55 PM

                          Do you have any local suppliers? Down the road from me in Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada there are a few restaurant supply houses. Fun to walk the racks, and fondle the goods.

                          Supporting local also helps keep the money local.

                          1. Sid Post RE: Zinful Jan 12, 2013 02:12 PM

                            Katom gets a lot my money but, they are more of a commercial place so the quanities are sometimes an issue.

                            1. twyst RE: Zinful Jan 12, 2013 02:14 PM


                              Is hands down the best IMHO

                              JB prince is good for some stuff that you can only find there (kunz spoons etc), but they are usually very expensive compared to their competitors.

                              1. pdxgastro RE: Zinful Mar 28, 2013 11:32 PM

                                Bargreen Ellingson. I have never needed to order anything online because I've been in 2 of their stores. They were very nice in the store, so they should be equally as nice on the web, no?

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