December 18, 2014

DTLA Kitchen Gear

Broken one dish too many? Need a really good chef’s knife? Downtown LA has you covered when it comes to buying kitchen gear. Sure, you can pick up the basics at Target. But if you’re looking for better quality at decent prices, check out the local businesses below.

The Dish Factory
Located in the Warehouse District, this restaurant supply store has absolutely everything you need to furnish the kitchen of your dreams. Buy a dozen soup bowls for $29.99. Pick up an extra-large saute pan big enough to handle a whole fish for under $20. Feeling inspired to make creme brulee? Ramekins are $4.99/dozen. They also have a bar section that carries straws, napkins, drink mixes, strainers, pourers, openers and shakers. Class up your next party with an 8-quart wine bucket and matching stand for $21.98. You can also find mixers, food warmers, pitchers, flatware, mixing bowls, candle holders, etc., ad infinitum. They also have an eBay store where they sell mostly big items like stoves, refrigerators and commercial dishwashers.

The Dish Factory
310 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-9500, http://www.dishfactory.com
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat 9 am – 4 pm

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Ross Cutlery & Sharpening Service
This century-old store is best known as the place where O.J. Simpson bought a 15-inch Stiletto knife six weeks before Those Murders. O.J. knew that this is the spot to buy anything with an edge. Chef’s knives, of course, the brands that serious cooks love: J.A. Henckels, Forschner, Shun, Global. But also buck knives, Swiss Army knives, swords, daggers, barber shears and straight razors. The owners have an encyclopedic knowledge of Things That Cut. The store is so popular that the owners recently moved from their original home in the Bradbury Building to a space three times the size a half block away. If you already have a blade you love, toss it in a bag and take it to Ross–they sharpen knives, too.

Ross Cutlery & Sharpening Service
324 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 626-1897, http://www.rosscutlery.com
Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am – 6 pm

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Alisa is a writer whose work has been featured in the Oregonian, the Syracuse Post-Standard, Latina magazine and other publications. She has also had her short fiction published in the Berkely Fiction Review and Iris: A Journal About Women. Alisa and her husband, James Hightower, have been happily raising their son, Nathan, in downtown Los Angeles since 2008. You can learn more about Alisa's work at www.alisarivera.com.