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Recommended restaurant supply stores

cityhopper Apr 4, 2013 02:10 PM

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.


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  1. agarnett100 RE: cityhopper Apr 5, 2013 06:35 AM

    Restaurant Depot but you need a tax ID# and a sales and use tax certificate. Not sure if they have (real) Woks

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      cityhopper RE: agarnett100 Apr 5, 2013 02:41 PM

      Thanks. Are there any supply stores that are open to the public? I really am trying to reduce my Amazon/online orders to support local businesses. DC isn't make this an easy feat :(

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      wayne keyser RE: cityhopper Apr 5, 2013 03:27 PM

      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')

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        cityhopper RE: wayne keyser Apr 5, 2013 08:59 PM

        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.

      2. law_doc89 RE: cityhopper Apr 5, 2013 04:40 PM


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          Bart Hound RE: cityhopper Apr 9, 2013 05:05 PM

          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.

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            helen_m RE: Bart Hound Apr 10, 2013 07:39 AM

            Thanks for the rec Bart Hound. I've relocated to DC recently and need to buy quite a lot of new kitchen stuff so this sounds perfect.

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            4X4 RE: cityhopper Apr 10, 2013 04:49 AM

            Sysco in Elkridge is small, but pretty good. Haven't seen woks there, but they do have lots of cookware. It's also one of the few local places I know of that sell whole briskets.


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              Kris in Beijing RE: 4X4 Apr 10, 2013 01:30 PM

              The general public can walk in to Sysco and buy stuff?
              I've never tried; just wrote it off due to the corp name.

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                4X4 RE: Kris in Beijing Apr 11, 2013 04:30 AM

                Yes. The one in Elkridge is open to the public.

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