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Jan 14, 2013 04:17 PM

Restaurant/kitchen supplies (especially glassware) in Baltimore

Are there any restaurant supply store in Baltimore open to the general public? I once wandered into a place in White River Junction, Vermont that had all sorts of rugged looking, inexpensive gear, and I wonder if there's something similar here. In particular, I'm looking for good rugged glassware that you can drop without it breaking. Everything I see in most retail establishments, even Target, etc. seems expensive ($30 for a set of 4 wine glasses that hold a pint of wine) and it's so fragile that I feel if I breath on the glass, it will shatter. I had a set of 4 martini glasses, now I'm down to one. My wine glasses are a mismatched assortment that includes souvenir glasses from wineries I've visited. I just broke a glass when I gently put it down in the sink. I'm also in the market for a new 8" omlet pan and 12" skillet.

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  1. you can sometimes get great deals on kitchen supplies at Home Goods but the merchandise changes daily

    1. I've had the same question about restaurant supply stores in the area, but as for glassware, I bought mine at Ikea. Very inexpensive, and the drinking glasses I have are not the lightweight ones I've seen in other stores.

      1. Try SYSCO Outlet on Rte 1(Washington Blvd) near Jessup

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        1. re: Hue

          I got a 10" non-stick skillet for about $20 from Sysco a few months back and it's a great pan. I like getting my pans from Sysco because they're so inexpensive that if I damage one, I don't feel bad about replacing it, unlike >$100 ones I see for "professionals". They also have stock pots in commercial sizes, much larger than I can use at home.

          1. re: dzoey

            FYI - All of the kitchens I have worked in I have never seen a chef use a skillet that cost over $20

            1. re: gregb

              membership is free but you need to have a reseller's permit (business license) or tax-exempt certificate (for a non-profit organization) and show proof that you are authorized to purchase for said business or organization.

              1. re: GraydonCarter

                I think that eliminates most of us!