I did a forum search and only found a few threads from years ago mentioning Surfas and Star.
I am looking for the non-"touristy" type of supply store, but open to the public. I stumbled upon a real gem on Valley blvd. Its T&T restaurant supply:
T and T Restaurant Supplies
530 West Valley Boulevard
Alhambra, CA 91803-3227
This is a small store run by very friendly and helpful Cantonese fellows. Its packed with lots of asian and western goodies for great prices.
Anyone know of other restaurant/cooking supply stores out toward san gabriel? The prices are always better out there and I don't feel as if I am being led down a hype laden primrose path before every purchase. Small, large doesn't matter. Clean, grimy doesn't matter. Great prices do though.