Best of the Bay 2012: BEST INDIE KITCHEN MENAGERIE

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PHOTO BY GODOFREDO VASQUEZ/SF NEWSPAPER CO.

It can be hard to beat the sheer variety offered by your Ikeas and Bed Bath & Beyonds when it comes to fresh new flatware or an upgrade on your trusty college-era rice cooker. Lucky for local business fans (which we assume you are if you're this deep into our Best of the Bay issue), there's a little-guy alternative: Clement Street's Kamei Restaurant Supply. Kamei has dishes for every occasion: light blue earthenware plates with fetching designs of cherry blossom trees, coffee mugs shaped like barn owls and kitty cats, tea sets, sake sets, and every cooking utensil a chef could desire — plus paper umbrellas with koi fish prints and flip-flops. Maybe 'cuz with all the savings you'll spot in Kamei, you'll be able to afford more beach trips.

525 Clement, SF. (415) 666-3699