The question was asked in response to my earlier post about the Restaurant Depot.
The Depot is kind of like a BJ'S or Costco for industry insiders.
The Needham one is better than chelsea....It has covered parking, it is little cleaner and the staff have a little more time to help you.
I don't actually use that much food from there for the Bistro in Beverly, but I do get food there- for dinner parties and general home usage.
Most restaurant people have a card, and it is funny who you see in there shopping. It is a who's who of chef's hiding behing #10 cans of tomato paste lest they be spotted....We are all scratch cooks right?
Here is tip....Go to the customer service desk, tell them you forgot your card and they will usually just give you a temporay card, which allows you to shop that day.
You can get great deals on Vitamin Water, paper and cleaning products and odds and ends....the frozen stuff is great for home, the tailgate party, or whatever.....and no I don't work for them, in fact I will say I frown on restaurants that try to save money buy running food in the back door off from their SUV'S.
Other food tips:
A great asian food source is the Lucky 88 chain...South Boston in particuliar...that is no secret, I know, but if you have not gone try it some time. Stock the fridge with wonton wraps, and potstickers and break out that wok you got for a wedding gift and use it sometime...you won't be sorry.
Chocolate: Try Turtle Alley in Gloucester for truly memorable sweets
I mentioned coffee earlier so I won't leave out the tea drinkers. In Auburndale, in Newton, the serious tea drinker simpy must go to Virtuous Teas...they have the widest selection of loose leaf quality tea, that I know...
While in Newton, try Depasquales on Watertown Street. It is a hole in the wall, family owned place, but better Italian sausage, I know not of...
I will post more info sometime soon....