Recommended restaurant supply stores
Can anyone recommend a restaurant supply store in the area? I'd prefer a location that is metro accessible but okay within the 495 loop. I'd love a place that sold (real) woks, wok rings, and no name brand cookware.
I would have added Superior Products/Next Day Gourmet, but they just closed their brick-and-mortar local store.
Real woks are everywhere if you're not afraid of Asian markets - probably Super H and Grand Mart, certainly at Oriental Supermarket, 5001 Columbia Pike, Arlington (smaller than the above but more 'personal')
re: wayne keyser
H-Mart and Grand-Mart only carry the non-stock varieties (yuck)! I will check at the Oriental Supermarket. I finally found Shaoxing rice wine there. At the time, I didn't think to browse for a wok because I went there specifically for the rice wine. Thanks for the suggestions.
I've got the perfect place for you.
Best Supply (413 Morse NE) in the Florida Avenue. 202-544-2525
I discovered it from an old thread in Chowhound and my wife and I outfitted our new kitchen with plates and bowls and assorted other stuff from here. The plates were plain white ones that look just like the Williams Sonoma ones for $25 per plate, but at Best Supply it was something like 12 plates for $75 (maybe even cheaper).
They also have tons of woks, and covers, from the typical home cook size to ones that are (maybe) 3 feet across!
Pots and pans of all sizes, cutting boards of all sizes and a million other items.
The place is right near Union Market which is in walking distance from the NoMa Metro stop, but it's probably too far a walk to be hauling a bunch of stuff unless you had a cart.