Where do you shop for your restaurant? Do you have a food distributor bring you your product or do you use valuable time and hand pick everything at a farmers market? Or something in between?
As for me, I've been in charge of about half of the ordering for the last 3 years or so. I know it sounds a little strange, but I would order everything we need from a day to day basis from our food distributor and the owner would go shopping around, looking for the best deals in DFW for his specials. Now that I'm the owner, it's up to me to do it all, which can be extremely time consuming.
Here's my run down so far: I order most things in bulk from our distributor, U.S. food-service (similar to B.E.K. or Sysco), and go to Restaurant Depot for other large quantity items (pretty much the same thing as the distributors, except they don't deliver). They carry almost all of the same products as U.S. Food-service, but most products are WAAAAAYYYYY cheaper. It's totally worth the 1 hour round trip.
I would really like to incorporate a fresh produce or seafood market somewhere in my weekly shopping, but just don't know of any good ones around me.
Also, if anyone is familiar with DFW, please tell me where to get some good organic ingredients!