Eat First: Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply: Shop Mom and Pop


I’ve
had a gift certificate to Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply since LAST
Christmas.

It
was tucked away in a drawer for a rainy or snowy day. It doesn’t have an
expiration date, but it has been almost a year. That’s as good an excuse as any
to take a spin through the store.

For
the uninitiated, Smith
Housewares is a fifth-generation family business located in an 1840’s Erie
Canal-era building in the heart of downtown Syracuse.

Smith rest guest checksIt’s
not as glossy as the gourmet cookware at the mall, but Smith’s is a magnet for
both chefs and home cooks in the market for kitchen essentials and shiny, new culinary
toys. The store features a rambling two floors of retail space (and some 18,000
items in the warehouse, according to the website).

You’ll
find everything from cookie cutters (a whole wall of them!) to cutlery,
cookware, barware, bakeware, small appliances, beer, winemaking and canning
supplies, the Hyman Smith Coffee Roastery – and much more.

All your favorite
kitchen/cooking brands are there: Le Creuset, KitchenAid, All-Clad, Cuisinart, Wusthof,
Lodge Cast Iron.

In
the words of one local baking professional: “It’s like a culinary Disneyland.’’

But
back to that gift certificate: How to cash it in?

On a mega chafing dish for our next party? Whoa!

Smith rest chafing dish

Or
a Fondue Fun for Two set? Cute. But we don’t do fondue.

Smith rest fondue set

Or
a ceramic pie plate in a favorite color? Sweet.

Smith rest pie dish

On a
potato ricer and assorted other gadgets/utensils? No. So many gizmos, such
little kitchen space.

Smith rest potato ricer

On
a pair of AireGourmet made in the USA insulated baking sheets?

Smith rest baking sheets

That’s
the ticket! A couple of our baking sheets date to 1980-something. They’ve
served us well but are showing their age. These promise to be
scratch-resistant, dishwasher safe and “built to last a lifetime.”

A
lifetime? I don’t know.  But
they’ll get a good workout over the holiday season, that’s for certain. Thank
you, Eileen and Dave.

Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply is at 500
Erie Boulevard East,  Syracuse (and 170 Court St., Watertown).
Information: 315-474-8731.


Smith rest sign