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Sep 4, 2013 06:26 PM

favorite cookware store?

where's you're favorite place to shop for your tools? Williams-Sonoma? Macy's? small speciality stores (my favorite Japanese knife shop is the Tokyo Fish Market in Berkeley!). Do you go to certain places for certain things? Just curious, because, i do SO much shopping online... but cookware I really like to pick up and feel and talk to someone about.

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  1. "Cookin'" in SF she always knows how to put down your meal of choice ("whattaya wanta cook THAT for? nobody makes that anymore") and then steer you to the exact right utensil/dish.


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    1. re: hill food

      LOVE THAT SHOP! you're right - it's always worth a trip

      1. re: rmarisco

        Hey, rmarisco:

        You want a laugh? Read the Yelp reviews of Cookin' sometime. What a hoot.


        1. re: kaleokahu

          hey kaleokahu - thanks for that link idea, all the good and the bad comments fit TO A 'T'! so mahalo for that. it never occurred to me to look in on other's experiences.

          yeah she's a raging crank but if you go in with some oddball request like "I'm trying to make 'oeufs ala neige' (sp?)" and after the customary scoffing she'll go digging through the piles and find EXACTLY what you need. yeah you will need to wash before using but I'd do that with anything.

          I say the world could use more of this.

      2. re: hill food

        Never heard of it. Where is it please?

        1. re: c oliver

          On Divisadero between Oak and Page.

          1. re: kaleokahu

            yup - West side of the street kind of across from the car wash and Phuket Thai, near where Country Cheese used to be.

            1. re: hill food

              Thanks, hf. I've noticed it a gazillion times driving home to Noe Valley but never noticed the name.

      3. I kind of like online shopping even for cookware. For real stores, I suppose I like a local kitchen supply store. I go in there whenever I am in the area. Next to that, probably Bed Bath and Beyond. I have been to Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table a few times and bought items from there, but I don't got there that often.

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          FORGOT BB&B! I can only go in there quickly - the potpourri they have by the doors gags me. I have to run in, grab whatever i'm looking for, and make a dash for the registers! But, they do have a lot of stuff! just not the kind of store i can wander in.

          Our local cookware store went out of business - i have to go to the city now to shop for cookware. I suspect they couldn't compete with WS. Our town just isn't big enough to support a high end retailer like that (how many knives can you really sell in a day? gotta pay the rent somehow...) Really loved them though..

          1. re: rmarisco

            <the potpourri they have by the doors gags me>

            Sometime, they do have those, don't they? And they can be very strong. Most of the time, I actually do not see them.

            My local BB&B is just so close to HomeGoods and TJMaxx and other stores that I can stop by all of them in one sitting, which is nice. Come to think of it, I have not bought that many things from BB&B, but I do walk around there more often than other kitchen stores.

            <Our town just isn't big enough to support a high end retailer like that >

            It is tough to compete with Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma too.

            1. re: rmarisco

              After years of throwing away expired/unused BB&B coupons, I just found out that the store near me, anyways, will still accept 'em. So, just last week, I used 4 coupons, all expired, and saved a bundle. Plus, had to special order something and ran into a glitch on line (the on-line order wanted to charge shipping, too). I called the 800 number, placed the order, the operator honored the coupon plus added free shipping. I'm becoming a BB&B fan. Just a thought.

              1. re: pine time

                BBB has a new policy, with the advent of mobile/printed coupons. They won't honor those after the expiration date. Coupons that arrive via snail mail or newspaper are, as always, good forever.

                Our store had a grace period, but they're now being sticklers about it. YMMV.

                1. re: DuffyH

                  Yep, that's my current experience also.

          2. There is a store in Fredericksburg called Die Küchenladen that I love to poke around in. I miss what W-S and SLT used to be, but they still have some neat stuff. Online I like Bridge, Fantes, and Prince, but Dehillerin seems to have more of the things I dream about.

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            1. re: tim irvine

              i knew of none of these online retailers! I know what i'm doing this morning!!!

            2. I buy knives, food mill, ladles, etc, at a local restaurant supply house. Next favorite is Tj Maxx for All Clad and Calphalon.

              1. Hi, rmarisco: "...cookware I really like to pick up and feel and talk to someone about."

                Ain't that the truth?

                IMO, there are only two truly great cookware stores in the Western world: Fantes in Philadelphia and E. Dehillerin in Paris.

                Honorable Mentions (this can be attitude more than inventory): The Peppercorn in Boulder, CO; Bridge Kitchenware (now in NJ), City Kitchens in Seattle (R.I.P.).

                Just my opinion and experience.


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                1. re: kaleokahu

                  is Dehillerin the one that's near the Bourse?

                  if it is I LIKED the basement.

                  1. re: hill food

                    I was in Paris this summer and made a special trip to E. Dehillerin. As I was talking to one of the gentlemen there, I mentioned that I worked for a well-known US competitor, which he found quite amusingand regaled me with stories his interactions with founder. But, they did give me a professional discount and a bench-scraper with their address. 18 rue Coquilliere. 75001 Paris. And I agree, the basement was amazing!


                    1. re: missybean

                      any size/shape bain-marie or ramekin you could want!

                      1. re: hill food

                        And that impulse-buy 800L stockpot.

                        1. re: hill food

                          I spent way too much time trying to convert euros to dollars, and figuring out how prices compared to how much things cost after my discount. Almost ended up with Staub crepe pan but I was too close to my luggage weight limit. It would not have been a good deal if I had to pay a surcharge.

                          I ended up with several tasting spoons, small knives, snail plates, and those wooden T's used to spread crepe batter. I haven't used any of it yet but I smile every time I open a drawer or cabinet.

                          What about all the copper?

                          1. re: missybean

                            Hi, Missy:

                            I would have filled a container. A substantial discount on one duck press would have made up for the luggage penalty.

                            Can I come with you next time?


                    2. re: kaleokahu

                      sounds like it's worth the trip to philly!

                      1. re: kaleokahu

                        Have you been to Mora on rue MontMartre about a block away from E. DeHillerin? I find them much better organized, cleaner, and based on the items I was looking at, better priced. Selection wise it leans more towards baking but they do have a fantastic selection of cookware as well.

                        I do miss City Kitchens quite a bit. Always found something I had to have.

                        1. re: DiggyK

                          No, I haven't been to Mora, but I once owned a Mora copper stockpot that was a full FIVE millimeters thick. I've never again (or before) seen such thickness. I could never determine whether it was purveyed by Mora in Paris or made by Mora in Sweden. Do you know?

                          1. re: kaleokahu

                            I didn't notice any self-branded cookware at Mora so sorry, can't help you there. The copper cookware I saw on display was mostly modern Mauviel, tinned and stainless, m150 and M250. Broad selection and excellent prices though compared to the US.

                        2. re: kaleokahu

                          I second the mention of Peppercorn in Boulder, CO. A fun store to explore, but doesn't really compete with good kitchen supply stores in most cities.

                          1. re: kaleokahu

                            Much to my dismay, I live about an hour and a half outside of Philly and have never been to Fantes. I knew of it, I've checked out their online store, keep saying I'm going to take a ride into the city to check it out - but I've somehow just never got around to making it there.