Central Market - Lovers


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5750 E Lovers Ln
Dallas, Texas, 75206-2921
United States

(214) 234-7000 | map

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Reviews by allengarvin:
Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

One of the better places to pick up beer near downtown. In fact, I've often driven there around lunch to pick up a bottle of good beer and some quality cheese to take back to eat at lunch at my desk.

The selection is pretty darned good--though not as good as the Central Market in Fort Worth that I've been too, and not as good as Hall's, which probably has the best selection in the area; the Lovers' Central Market probably has 85% of Hall's selection (excluding the macros, which Halls has in huge quantity and CM almost none at all, but who cares about those?). They have most of the Belgians available in Texas, including all of the Trappists that are available here. Almost all of the better micros are available as well.

Wine selection is very good, and you should visit the cheese aisle too. It's the best selection of cheese in the area. The cheeses aren't laid out so well, so I've occasionally asked help in finding a particular type or style I liked, and the staff has always been exceptionally knowledgeable and eager to help. I've heard the beer/wine folk are as well, though I've never had direct contact with them. Except at the busiest time, checkout has always had enough cashiers to move quickly through the line.

If you're visiting Dallas and staying downtown and are not able to hit the better outliers in the area (Hall's in Colleyville, Mr G's in Plano), this is probably the best place to go for retail beer selection.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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3.94/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of UtisTheLaw
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Central Market is sort of like a Dallas-born Whole Foods. Huge store with all sorts of goodies (I particularly enjoyed the cheese selection and the low-priced, high-quality veggies).

As far as beer goes, though, this place won't have you writing yo mama to tell her how you fell in love with the selection.

Brews are located in the wine section, and I stress this because there is more wine than there is beer. A big long cooler carries a bunch of Texas brews, some good Belgium and German imports and the occasional sort-of-rarity like Dogfish 61 and a couple of Boulevard beers. Plus all the usual suspects like Stone, New Belgium and Sam Adams.

They sell every one of their bottles (but not their cans) as singles (you can break six-packs, basically) so that is extra coolness in their part. But- I don't know that you'll be tempted to break any packs here.

A helpful beer guy stopped by and asked me if I had any questions, which I appreciate. A little customer care is always nice.

I won't be coming back here to buy beer as there are many better options around the city of Dallas, but their food is worth a repeat visit and three.

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Photo of claytong
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

So perhaps for Dallas this is a great stop, but if youre from out of town I wouldn't go here. They don't have a lot of local breweries (they have some). They had theobroma which I almost bought but decided I probably wouldnt like it that much especially for the price.
Service was okay, the guy stayed around longer than I wouldve liked. I didnt really need to know anything except the prices on the singles (none were marked) but he was just trying to be helpful.
Prices were normal. Some were cheaper, some the same.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Quick dash through Dallas and this is my friend´s go-to store in the area, and for a good reason...

The selection is pretty nice, with dedicated sections to imports, US macros, and Texas-regional production. It includes quality choices with the odd rarity here and there, both in terms of seasonal availability, and stuff I do not get typically in my region.

I was introduced to the beer guy, and we had a nice and helpful chat about the Texas choices he had available. Pricing sits in a common area between "reasonable" and maybe "a bit pricey". But all in all I'd sure make this one of my regular stops if I were settled here.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%

For a grocery store this place has a pretty good selection. Fair amount of imports and craft breweries from throughout the US. Almost all of the beer is in cooler, even though some beers should be served warmer. Selection of individuals contained quite a few good Belgians and craft breweries but not many everyday beers. This last may not be that surprising but I was really only looking for a local beer to kill time in the afternoon. All Texas beers seemed available solely by the 6-pack, 12-pack or case. Shame, didn't get what I wanted this time, but I was impressed. Service was completely absent. Perhaps not surprising for a grocery store but still unfortunate as I did have some questions.

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Photo of promethias405
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

I was very impressed to find such a great selection at Central Market. Came in to get some gourmet pasta, and walked out with some unique beer that I have never seen before. Didn't really expect such a good variety, but bravo Central Market. I love you even more haha. As far as service, there really weren't any employees around. Although it is a grocery store, so I wasn't too surprised. Prices were inexpensive in comparison to other beer establishments I have visited. Central Market is a great store, and the fact they have a great selection with great prices, makes it indeed a better experience. It would've been better to see some more store personnel around, but it was a busy Sunday, so again I didn't expect too much.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dropped in this past weekend while on my search for Divine Reserve 6. Very long cooler of beers, both imports and exports. A good selection of craft beers with a limited representation from the macro breweries. Saw all the Texas beers I cant find in Tennessee such as Saint Arnold, Rahr and Sons, and Real Ale. Very similar to the Plano store but I felt the selection was a touch better at the Plano location. The help was better here though. Still struck out on my search for DR6...damn waiting lists.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%

Minimal selection. Just the basics: Sam Adams seasonals, Sierra Nevada PA, Shiner special releases (they have a Black Lager special display right now (05.20.08)), AB microclones (Sundog's not so bad), and the who-can-live-without Lonestar. After that theres the same Big Beer stuff you see at any store, and lots of them. Definitely not more than 10% micro, but it is decent for a grocery store, and it is a nice store. I shop there weekly and their buy beer whenever I feel like getting something they have just for the convenience of it. It's not a beer store, but it's a hell of a grocery store, and in Dallas not all supermarkets carry beer.

Decent wine selection (on an unrelated note) with decent prices so long as you buy what's on sale.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

I went to Central Market today to see if the Saint Arnold's Summer Pils was available, which it was. It was the first time I had been to this location (the one on Greenville) and I was fairly impressed. There was a decent selection of beers, but not as good as the selection at other Central Markets I have been to. The one thing I didn't like was that very few beers were available as singles. Maybe I have been spoiled from stores like Grapevine Market in Austin, but I really don't want to buy a six-pack of a beer I am not certain of the quality of.

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Central Market H.E.B. is a Texas chain of specialty grocery stores with a huge selection of artisanal cheeses, deli & butcher block meats, fresh produce, seafood, plus health, gourmet, & international foods. I started visiting Central Market after the Whole Foods on lower Greenville lost Jeff Engle and the selection started waning. The selection here is fantastic with over 350+ imports & microbrews with some fresh locals in the cooler. Lots of wine for SWMBO! There's usually someone around that can check stock, but don't expect white glove service. This is a recommended stop and should be on any beer lover's map. Don't forget to check out World Market which is just across the way.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Central Market - Lovers in Dallas, TX
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