One of the pleasures of going to a new city is finding the shops you don't have in your own city. As our world gets smaller and smaller, this is an experience that is harder to come by. Surfas is one of those special places.
Surfas is commercial restaurant supply meets chef's boutique. When I'm in LA, Culver City isn't exactly my favorite place to visit, but it's worth it just to go to Surfas and browse the aisles, or stock up on baking supplies. While keeping prices reasonably low, the store manages to escape that grungy restaurant supply vibe (which I happen to love at times), while offering not only a full range of commercial items (a 60 quart mixer knocked my socks off), but also gourmet food items like Callebaut chocolate, specialty oils, and microbrews.
Surfas is now in three locations across the country: Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, California, and Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Have you been to Surfas? What's your experience been?
(Images: 1. Yelp; 2. Surfas Facebook)