Stein's Market & Deli
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Reviews by Ek0nomik:
4.15/5 rDev -7.8%
I stopped here on a beautiful afternoon while visiting New Orleans. I was hoping to purchase a beer to sip on while eating lunch here, but unfortunately you can only carry out beer here. They need a different liquor license I say!
The sandwich I had was great. Although food rating isn't an option for this place on BA, I'd recommend eating here.
They had a nice selection of bottles in a few coolers. Rogue, Jolly Pumpkin, Capital Brewery, Bear Republic, etc. They also had a variety of Belgian beers as well.
I spoke with the beer manager only for a few seconds, but he seemed knowledgeable and nice. The service from ordering to looking were good all around. This is another place that people need to visit if they are in New Orleans.
11-27-2009 19:25:50 | More by Ek0nomik
More User Reviews:
4.75/5 rDev +5.6%
This place is packed to the brim on an early spring Saturday afternoon. Most of the customers appear to have come for the deli, which has a huge selection of quality meets and cheeses. Some pigs heads lie around in the fridge, staring past the cold cuts, and adding to the overall ambiance. I'll pass on the headcheese though. On the menu there's tons of sandwiches of just about every sort to choose from. I had the Reuben, and it was driptastically fantastic and flavorful.
But the real reason I stopped by is for the beer. I peruse the place, taking in the eclectic mix of tourists and locals (businessmen, hipsters, punks) and ask myself incredulously, is that the entire beer selection in that small cooler filled with indie colas, some Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn? ...but wait! There's a sign of hope, and that sign says "Beer" with an arrow pointing to the back. I dare tread through what amounts to the back of the kitchen and into an alley, and I'm thinking how easy it would be to roll a beer geek with a pocket full of cash back here.
I quickly notice a door to the immediate right. This is either safe haven or the pathway to a very bad day. I open it and go in. And what do I find? The smallest beer store in America! But trust me, size doesn't matter in this instance. Stacked randomly around the tiny space are many rare sours that I'm not familiar with (or just don't remember), select Founders, Pretty Things, Stillwater, Terrapin, Clown Shoes, Prairie and so forth and so on. There's not one mediocre brewery represented.
Dan (the owner and resident curmudgeon as legend would tell) was helpful, not pushy, and generally congenial albeit somewhat busy. I get the feeling the guy is maligned a bit to tell the truth. He has a nicely curated room of beer, takes pride in it, and there's nothing wrong with that. While we didn't totally agree on his locals only policy in regards to rare beer, I never felt short-changed in any way. I walked away with a good haul, a full tummy, and a smile on my face.
Stein's Deli is quintessential New Orleans. Unique and gritty. It can be petulant one minute, then turn around and charm your pants off the next. It can make you wish you never stopped by, until you find yourself missing it after you've left. These are the paradoxical qualities that make me love the city, and now make me love Stein's Deli.
08-16-2014 22:22:08 | More by stephens101
5/5 rDev +11.1%
Atmosphere: Perfect deli atmosphere with an amazing beer room in the back. Stein's easily has the best selection of hard to find beer in New Orleans. They always have a wide selection of beer in the cooler and in the back room that cannot be found anywhere else in the city. Plus, all of it can be bought into singles, which I really enjoy. Seating can be cramped when it is busy, but it smells amazing in there, and it is only crowded becuase of the delicious sandwiches.
Quality: I have never had an issue with old/dated beer and every sandwich I have ever eaten has been outstanding. The best sandwiches in New Orleans.
Service: I have always received quick, friendly service. I don't consider myself a recognizable regular; however, I have been the Stein's 25+ times for beer or food. The owner Dan can be a little short at times or come off as rude, but I think it is just because he owns a busy/successful business. Plus, even though they close at 7pm I think during the week, they will let you come in and buy beer after closing. I have done this multiple times (after calling and asking if it is ok) and they are always really nice when I come in and don't make it seem like I am bothering them at all, even though I'm there past closing.
Selection: Like I already said, the best and widest selection of beer in New Orleans. If they don't have it, nobody else in New Orleans will.
Food: Again, the best sandwiches in New Orleans.
Value: The prices are a little higher than everywhere else, but you pay more for hard to find beer. Sandwiches are a little on the pricey side as well, but they are really big and fillig so I have no complaints.
Overall: This is a must stop for any beer lover going to New Orleans. Stop by, get a sandwich, and look over their beer selection that is lightyears above any other New Orleans establishment.
08-07-2014 15:34:15 | More by Badger72
4.49/5 rDev -0.2%
First off, write-off many of the negative reviews you see on this site. They are for two reasons:
1. The customer came during lunch-time, when the shop is packed because the sandwiches are KILLER. Yeah, the beer service isn't great at this time, but, God forbid, you hang out for a bit and have a reuben? Yeah then you can talk to Dan (the owner) about his awesome selection.
2. Preferential Treatment: Yeah, it happens here, but doesn't this occur anywhere? If an owner gets 1 case of a highly sought-after beer, is he or she not right to share with his or her best customers? I say yes, but that's a personal opinion. People from out of state may night get the extreme "rare" beers here, but they will still do well.
The food is spectacular, grab a sandwich if you're at all hungry.
And the beer, yeah, it's the best you can get in the state of Louisiana. I lived here for one year, and Dan, thank you for everything.
This is a superb shop, visit if you can, get a great sandwich and leave with better beer.
07-26-2014 02:29:41 | More by Mikecap
Stein's Market & Deli in New Orleans, LA
99 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.