I love finding places in Tuscaloosa/West Alabama that carry products you can't find in any other store.

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I have found so many cool things here, and you simply can not buy them at most retailers. I could spend hours in this place just browsing.

Portrait Of A Chef: Herbert Hintner Of "Zur Rose" Restaurant
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It's mainly for restaurant owners but the general public is welcome to shop there as well.

It is all about ways to bring together form and function.

It's also about finding KITCHEN WORKHORSES, the products you use everyday in the kitchen.

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The cool thing about these stores is the fact that everything is commercial grade and made to be used over and over again.

They can really take a beating.

Here are a few items I've seen or bought in Sanford Restaurant Equipment in Northport.

Two Michelin Stars Restaurant 'Les Cols' Reopening
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Awesome electric and propane grills, fryers, butane burners, chaffing dishes, tongs, turners, flippers, meat tenderizers, beverage dispensers and BAR SUPPLIES.

This lady even wrote a story on 10 things you should be buying at restaurant supply stores.

You would be surprised at how many folks, and I mean big tough guys here, LOVE to bake. I said it. BAKE.

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Not that kind of bake. C'mon man.

Restaurant supply places have more cake decorating supplies than any other retailer.

Especially if you want to get fancy.

OH and KNIVES.

KNIVES, KNIVES AND MORE KNIVES!

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The kind of knives only chefs at well-known eateries get their grubby little hands on.

TOOLS, TOOLS AND MORE TOOLS.

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That's the main thing. Crepe pans, pizza peels, madeleine molds and many more of the hard-to-find tools for that perfect kitchen.

What room do we spend the most time in, especially when we have company?

YES SIR! The kitchen. Might as well stock it with the best gadgets.

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