BEST KITCHEN SUPPLY STORE - 2000
Of course we all wish we could afford to collect our cookware at Cooks of Crocus Hill in St. Paul or Kitchen Window in Uptown's Calhoun Square--and they're both fine establishments--but for wannabe chefs on a budget, Target is almost as great a shopping experience. No, you're not going to find Le Creuset pots or $800 espresso makers. What you will find is a grand assortment of solid, stylish products--including some uncommon goods found in only the most well-stocked kitchens--and when you leave you'll still be able to afford the food and drink to go with them. In addition to sturdy, lower-tier lines of brands like Calphalon, J.A. Henckels, and Oneida, you can choose from plenty of stuff that's exactly what you'd find priced much higher at a department store, from Bodum coffee presses to Pyrex baking dishes to Kitchen Aid mixers. Besides nearly every kind of kitchen gadget, there's a decent selection of glassware and dishes, including lovely ceramic bowls and platters that your friends will covet. The best part? With everyday hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., you can always come here when you realize, at a crucial moment, that you lost your melon baller.