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The Foodery - Center City

Not Rated.
The Foodery - Center CityThe Foodery - Center City

118 Reviews
Reviews: 118
Visits: 138
Avg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: 800
Cask: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

324 S 10th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107-6149
United States
phone: (215) 928-1111

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Reviews: 118 | Visits: 138
Reviews by jpoder:
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

I work in center city, so stop by The Foodery from time to time. They have some good finds, but are inconsistent. The store is tiny and PACKED. beer is stacked/piled everywhere. the coolers are pretty well organized, but there are lots of nuggets of great beers that are stashed in out of the way shelves or nooks. you need to ask!

Their website often lists beers that they do not have (perhaps they have them all in their other store in the Northern Liberties...dunno...never been there). Their website also does not list any prices. they do have a binder in the store that lists prices and I believe stock. I would LOVE to see this on the website.

I usually go in there just wanting to get something good and different rather than having something specific in mind, so am usually not disappointed. they try very hard to be helpful, and are usually very knowledgeable.

I was annoyed on one trip when they charged me a $2 fee for using credit card...I think they said they had a $20 or $25 limit where they would waive the fee...annoying!

I've found their prices to be far and away the most expensive, but I'm usually getting something fairly rare or hard to find, so perhaps it is just the beers I am picking out.

unfortunately due to the crazy beer laws in PA, they are pretty much the only decent bottle shop in downtown Philly.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.24/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

Photo of HookemHoos
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of N17shelfside
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of woodchip
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of amano_h
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This Foodery is a little more limited in terms of selection compared to the Foodery at Northern Liberties due to their limited store space, but they pack or at least try to pack as much of a punch into the shop as they can.

Although the store front is almost hallf the size of Nor Libs', the Washington Square location seems to get all the same seasonal/rare imports that the other Fooderies get as well. (case in point: I bought a four-pack of Goose Isand Bourbon County Stout here, as well as the last bottle of Bourbon County Coffee Stout)

Don't buy food here as the groceries/food is a front for laundering beer (Due to, I'm assuming, the oh-so-strange Philadelphia alcohol laws). If you're looking for good beer and are too lazy/scared to take the Market-Frankford line to Girard, then the Washington Square Foodery is for you.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mvilushis
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

My daughter moved into an apartment a block away. After parking the car and walking back to the apt, we noticed a small corner store with lighted beer signs in the window. Intrigued, we walked in and, behold, a cramped area with a nice selection of single beers grouped into different countries. It was a pleasant surprise and have been back a number of times and been to the Northern Liberties location also which has a bigger selection.

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Photo of little_star
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here a few days ago while in the area for an event. Figured it was only a few blocks away, might as well check it out.

Atmosphere was just like others have mentioned, it is pretty much a cross between a corner bodega and a bottle shop. It is really cramped and you have to walk around numerous objects to get anywhere. Quality was ok, nothing amazing, some of the bottles looked pretty old. Service was pretty good, I had two different people ask if I needed any help. Selection was decent for the size of the space but nothing amazing. Only one or two things I would have gotten had the prices been reasonable, which they certainly were not.

Overall an ok bottle shop in the heart of the city. If I lived in the area I might check it out every now and then to see what they have but I doubt I will return.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

The foodery is a conveience store turned little beer store. Cramped. Very cramped couldn't move in there if your their with one or more customers. Beer selection is ok but couldn't get any better since its so small. Theres no parking what so ever, I just went when I had my City vehicle and double parked ( the perks of driving a City of Philadelphia Vehicle.) It's a bit pricey, rather go to Craft beer outlet in NE Philly. Probably will never go here again. Just went a couple of times since I worked in South Philly but wont be heading back.

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The Foodery - Center City in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.