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  • Mosca
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 3384
    • PA
    • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

    Restaurant Depot: what to expect?

    I'm going to go to the one that just opened near me, next week. I'll be using my KCBS card.

    I don't want cases of stuff: I just want some ribs, beef ribs, maybe a brisket. Will they have that, or do I have to buy bulk?

    I'm sure they'll take my money (cash and carry, I hear). I just want to follow the proper protocol.
  • Steve B
    Club Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 2984
    • Rockland county New York
    • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
      Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

      22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

      Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

      1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
      1 maverick et-733 - gray
      1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
      1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
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      TSM harvest food dehydrator

    #2
    The one by me takes credit cards as well.
    Briskets are sold individually. Full packers. Ribs usually 3 pack if I remember correctly. Beef “plate” ribs are solid 2 pack. 3 ribs x2.
    I’m going tomorrow. I’ll Take some pics and post them here for you.

    Oh yeah. Expect to be overwhelmed.
    You can definitely get into trouble there. 😁😁

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    • Huskee
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      #3
      Forgive my ignorance, but is this like a Sam's or Costco? Heard of them for a long time but I've never visited one or really read much about what they offer and such.

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      • Steve B
        Steve B commented
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        Oh no. It’s strictly meant for the restaurant industry. But you as an individual can go if you have a membership card to get inside. 🤔 Did I just quote a song. 😂 Watch for my pics on this thread tomorrow after I go there.

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Steve B so just like Sam's? or Costco? Lol.

      • Attjack
        Attjack commented
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        Never been to RSS so I don't know how it works but I've been to culinary stores in my area that just asked if I owned a business. I do, though not food-related in any way, and they okay.
    • Dan Deter
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 455
      • Raleigh, NC
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      #4
      The ability to go to Restaurant Depot is the perk I would most like to see added to AR

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      • Troutman
        Troutman commented
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        I second the idea about AR membership getting you in the door, that should be researched again. Where’s allsid ?

      • allsid
        allsid commented
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        I tried recently at a store I was visiting as we don't have one where I live. They were not too keen for conversation Troutman

      • Dan Deter
        Dan Deter commented
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        What we need is to get some RD execs to be AR members...
    • Willy
      Charter Member
      • Apr 2015
      • 1829
      • High Desert of the Great Southwest

      #5
      We went to one in Tucson a few months ago. Based on that one experience, I wasn't impressed. I'll no doubt give it a second shot someday before the KCBS membership expires.

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      • Butchman
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 510
        • Estero, FL

        #6
        I love going in there and wandering around. The one by me has charcoal, butcher paper, all sorts of aluminum pans, chafing dishes you name it. Hot sauces, knives, seasonings in bulk, tons of beef, pork, frozen appetizers, gyro meat, seafood etc etc.

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        • Troutman
          Troutman commented
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          Would you say pricing was big box competitive?

        • Butchman
          Butchman commented
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          I think it’s close, what I really like is they carry things that I’m not able to buy at Costco. For instance, I was there a few days ago and in the beef section I saw a sign advertising culotte (picanya).
          I didn’t find it due to the store was closing and I didn’t have time.
          I’m going to go back when I have time to hunt and compare prices as well.
      • au4stree
        Former Member
        • Aug 2018
        • 554
        • Birmingham, AL

        #7
        For me, I can get everything I need from Costco, but on occasion I do go in there to purchase primal cuts of meat. My RD only carries choice black angus briskets, no prime. They are still good. I’ve never needed a membership card, they have a generic card they scan prior to my purchases.

        Also, on occasion, they have good deals on charcoal. I’ve gotten RO lump for $8/20lbs bag.

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        • Mosca
          Mosca commented
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          The nearest Costco is about 75 miles. The nearest RD used to be almost 100 miles, and then one opened up so close to work that I could walk to it.

        • au4stree
          au4stree commented
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          It’s definitely worth shopping there, but I don’t always need the quantity they are selling, ie veggies. It will likely fit a good niche for you. I’ve been pleased with meats from there.
      • HouseHomey
        Club Member
        • May 2016
        • 5289
        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
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        #8
        Steve B “The sign says long haired freely people need not apply.” I guess your in. 🤔🤔

        yeah ah there’s a lot of “stuff” in there. At face value “impressive” no. But it is what the name says. They are all business in there. It’s no Costco.

        The seafood (frozen too) alone is massive. A lot of Cab beef. Endcaps at meat will have their specials.

        Like said above tons of stuff. Lots of frozen products too. Many are really good for what they are.

        Tonss and tons of “stuff” from pans to equipment to coffees, containers, boards, place ware, foil, papers products, hotel pans, produce, meat, liquor, soda, condiments, baking stuff, breads etc...

        if if you find it in a restaurant you will find it there.

        Dont you need 17,000 coffee filters. How about a box of blended fryer oil. 1600 plastic spoons or 5000 sugar packets?

        Steve B look there for the fryer cleaners.

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        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
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          LMFAO Homey. You’re killing me softly with his words. Killing me softly.


          I already got the cleaner you suggested. And it worked great. Thanks brother.
          Last edited by Steve B; July 18, 2019, 08:58 PM.

        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          do this don't do that can't you read the sign?
      • Troutman
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        • Aug 2017
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        #9
        That’s “freaky” people, Five Man Electric Band

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        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
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          😂😂😂

          And Roberta flack. 😁

        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          hold the fort, what about Tesla?
      • goosebr160
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 242
        • Massachusetts

        #10
        I'm thinking about joining the KCBS for this benefit. What other benefits do you get for joining? Is it worth the $40/year in your opinion?

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        • Mosca
          Mosca commented
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          Not really, unless you are into competition. I got a couple nice stickers, that’s about it. Donate the $40 to BBQ Rescue.

        • Steve R.
          Steve R. commented
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          If your RD is close by and you buy enough stuff in a year to justify it, it would be a nice benefit. But it's a pretty bare bones restaurant supply company, and you would likely get more good out of a membership at Costco or Sam's. I wouldn't join KCBS just to be able to get in the door at RD.

        • saguy03
          saguy03 commented
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          You can use any business license to get a membership (not just food-related industries only). https://www.restaurantdepot.com/membership/signup
      • Steve B
        Club Member
        • Jun 2016
        • 2984
        • Rockland county New York
        • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
          Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

          22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

          Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

          1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
          1 maverick et-733 - gray
          1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
          1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
          1 thermoworks thermopop - red

          Pre Miala flavor injector
          taylor digital scale
          TSM meat grinder
          chefs choice food slicer
          cuisinhart food processor
          food saver vacuum sealer
          TSM harvest food dehydrator

        #11
        Ok. Here are some pics from my trip to RD today.
        Not gonna write too much. Just let the pics do the talking.
        One thing I will say is the most impressive thing, for me anyway, is the wall of eggs. 😲 Click image for larger version

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        • Steve B
          Club Member
          • Jun 2016
          • 2984
          • Rockland county New York
          • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
            Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

            22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

            Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

            1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
            1 maverick et-733 - gray
            1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
            1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
            1 thermoworks thermopop - red

            Pre Miala flavor injector
            taylor digital scale
            TSM meat grinder
            chefs choice food slicer
            cuisinhart food processor
            food saver vacuum sealer
            TSM harvest food dehydrator

          #12
          Now here’s what I walked away with. 😁😬🙄😳👍 Sorry. Some pics may be sideways. Click image for larger version

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          • JoeSousa
            JoeSousa commented
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            Decent prices. No RD here but there are a couple restaurant supply stores I frequent and the prices seem comparable. A lot of the beef at the one I go to is Select so I always see the prices, check the lable and see Select, and then get disappointed.

            But their prices for pork butts, pork bellies are cheaper than Costco. Ribs were much cheaper there than Costco too.

          • HouseHomey
            HouseHomey commented
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            It’s a good thing you have all those people to feed.😃

          • Steve B
            Steve B commented
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            HouseHomey Are you talking about me, myself and aaahhhh Me??? 😂😂😂

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