Best Kitchenware Bargains - 2004
Economy Restaurant Fixtures
Yes, we admit it: We lust for classy kitchen tools. Luscious visions of All-Clad sauciers, Bron mandolines, and Wüsthof Grand Prix 8-inch chef's knives haunt us. But since working for a free weekly means no enormous paycheck, rather than spend ourselves into the poorhouse shopping at Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma we stop by the vast bargain warehouse that is Economy Restaurant Fixtures. The place's main gig is filling up kitchens at restaurants, schools, hospitals, and prisons with indestructible, practical, reasonably priced gear. So while the store may lack foodie-snob-appeal name brands, it does have just about any tool a home cook could ask for, at prices that are a mere fraction of the fancy-schmancy shops'. Just make sure you don't get carried away and come home with a restaurant-size Vulcan pizza oven or an $1,800 Wolf cheese-melter.