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Michael's Restaurant & Delicatessen

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Michael's Restaurant & DelicatessenMichael's Restaurant & Delicatessen
BA SCORE
85
very good

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 500
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

130 Town Center Rd
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406-2331
United States
phone: (610) 265-3625

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Reviews by TheDeuce:
Photo of TheDeuce
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

I stopped in here on Easter sunday (owners are Jewish and so they stayed open) the food here is INCREDIBLE, amazing sandwiches, I recommend grabbing some if you come.

As for the beer, incredible selection compared to most places, great microbrew variety with the normal PA representation (Victory, Troeg's, Stoudt's etc.) plus Ommegang and others but the international selection was just as great featuring beers from Thailand, France, Japan, Argentina, and Norway. You just can't find that at all places. Prices were steep but the guy was real nice I had two sixers and he took a beer off each one, which was real nice of him, he didn't have to do that. A word of caution I am not sure how often they rotate their stock, I was concerned to see some bottles from many months ago. To compensate I stuck with beers that got better with age (Victory Storm King Stout and then mostly Belgians).

This is a great place, good food and good selection, prices are expensive, no doubt, but less expensive than me driving to New York, also great that you can buy in singles for trying new beers instead of having to buy a whole goddamn case thanks to PA case laws. Be forewarned that you should check the bottling date of any beer you pick up if you can, other than that this is a good place.

TheDeuce, Apr 17, 2006
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I am finding it difficult to fathom these reviews, especially after reading reviews of some other places closer to my home -- places that are nowhere as good as Michael's, yet got much higher scores.

Maybe that is a reflection of tougher expectations in the Philly area.

The only negative I can agree with is that some of the beer is pretty pricey. But not really out of line with most other places where they sell singles intended for in-house consumption with a meal.

They probably need a better marketing plan, with a way to distinguish between takeout pricing for six-packs and perhaps bombers -- especially warm ones -- and in-house beers.

But aside from the prices of some of the beers, this place is outstanding. The beer selection is great. I have always been able to pick up stuff there that I cannot find in the Harrisburg area. I have seen other comments about freshness, but I have never bought anything out of date there.

The food is tremendous. The menu has a wide variety that makes it a family favorite since the kids and the grown-ups can each always find something they like.

Personally I am quite fond of their hoagies. And their cabbage soup is pretty damned good, too.

I always recommend this place to friends who go to King of Prussia shopping, etc., or who have other reason to be in the area (it is also our go-to stop on the way home from the shore).

HoopTime, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%

Reading some of the recent reviews, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this place. I must say I was pleasently surprised. The coolers included a good variety of micro's and imports, all available as singles, a rarity here in PA. There were beers on their website that were not here, but overall I was impressed. The store was clean and well kept, I did not try any of the food from the deli. The staff was friendly and helpful. As for the prices, before I started shopping I asked if their was a discount on mixed 6 packs. I was told that I could by 5 beers and get the 6th on free. Upon checking out the cashier just looked at my 2 six packs and said $15 each. The total of my 12 beers individually was $41.75. So overall the prices were about on par for PA, high by MD or DE standards. In closing I enjoyed shopping here and plan to come back.

tone77, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of gibby
3/5  rDev -18.9%

I went here for lunch with my manager in early sept. The food is very tasty, I had a matzo ball soup and pastrami on rye. Love the pickle bar too but unfortunately I am not reviewing the food.

The beer is another story. The selection is ok but the prices are outrageous!!! They wanted $31 for a 12 pack of great lakes, $19 for a 4 pack of dfh 90 min and many, many $4-6 singles on hand of normally low prcied beer. I guess if you dont know prices this would be an ok stop for beer but I would NEVER pay for beer here. Mainly b/c I shop around and know how high the prices are here.

gibby, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%

This place must think they're the only game in town. They've always had a decent selection, but yesterday, I was so disappointed that I walked out without ordering food or buying any beer.

Let's start with the coolers - they probably have 16 doors, but 3/4 of them were so full of condensation, that I couldn't even SEE what beers were behind them. When I opened one, there was a bad hand-written tag saying "Belgium" and then a random variety from throughout Europe and USA. Outside of the macros being in one cooler, there is no apparent organization to this place. It may have been organized by country at one time (which is simply not that helpful IMO), but not-so-much any longer.

There was no clearly marked pricing - some bottles have it, some don't. And while I'm on the topic of pricing - $17 FOR A SIX PACK OF ANCHOR STEAM?!? Really??? Many of the 12 oz bottles - even on PA beers - were $5 and $6... I haven't seen prices like this since I walked into Maia in Radnor last year.

They seem to have a decent food selection and I'm sure they wouldn't have stayed in business for so long if it weren't for good food. But I wouldn't know.

Service? My last 5 trips there have included no greeting, no "how can I help you", no conversation whatsoever, other than the price when it's rung up at the counter.

Thanks, but if I'm going to be gouged, I'd prefer to do so at a place with friendly people and a well-organized store.

BeerImmediately, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of BigMike
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%

Michaels Deli in King Of Prussia is one of the few places in the area to sell mix and match single bottles.
Prices average from $3.00-$6.00. Pretty standard for Pennsylvania considering their case laws and what not.
Michaels is a pretty good place for beer. they have decent selection and are priced pretty much the same as other places.

Service wasn't really great. I was in there for 20 minutes and no one said a word to me.
When checking out i asked the guy working if there was any kind of discount for buying a full mixed 6 pack and he said you get a dollar off. (big deal)

Overall it's not a bad place. Pretty good selection. Just be sure to check dates. I saw more then one bottle that was close to a year past it's best by date.

**Update**
I went to Michaels again only to find a lot more out of date stock then previous. I doubt i'll be going back.

BigMike, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of magine
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

This is a great spot to buy singles from and is in a very convenient to get in and out of and browse beers.

They have them arranged by country and by brewery which is nice. They have some out of date bottles so beware - I had Holy Sheet from Clipper City Brewing which was flat and had a date that was about 9 months past due. Usually those beers can hold up but this one was not good. I have had it before and know the difference.

Also the people that work there are not into beer at all and will not help you unless you are bleeding, maybe not even then.

They do give you a deal where you can buy 5 and get the 6th free. The prices are almost Main line bar prices $6.00 for Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. Then some are like $3.75 Prima Pils for instance.

Good place to try various brews out.

magine, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

Went here with some friends that live in the area. We went here because they sell single bottles and 4 and 6 packs which is a nice thing to find in PA. The downside in that the prices really should come with a healthy dollop on lube. The selection was insane especially considering this is a Deli. Tons of Founders, some Bells, good Belgian selection, as well as all the locals and other usual suspects. They did give me a small price break on a 4 pack of $6/bottle beers by giving one for free which eased the pain a bit. Unfortunately if you want a single bottle of beer in PA you have to pay these kind of insane prices. The best Deli I have ever also bought beer in for what that is worth.

aerozeppl, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

I used to go here a lot because me and my buddies usually don't decide we want to drink until the distributors are closed.

Mostly sell 6- and 12-packs. There is a pretty big selection of single bottles as well as 40's. The selection isn't very vast, just a few coolers, but you can usually go in as late as midnight or 1am and they'll still sell you something. It's a deli too, so if you're hungry thats always a bonus.

Convenient if you're having a party and run out of booze late and need more, but not the greatest place to find the next big thing.

Ezekiel81923, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Stopped at the establishment at noon on a Monday. The place was fairly empty. There are several coolers full of singles, but there was really nothing that struck me as special. There was the usual selection of Pennsylvanie microbrews, some other more common North American microbrews. There were shelves with some six packs on them, but they were also nothing apecial, and seemed a bit pricey. If you were on the turnpike, heading through PA, and wanted to quick get off and find a place to get a selection of the local beers, and were willing to spend a bit of money, this would be a nice place to stop. It you live here, this is nothing special.

tgbljb, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

I stopped by this place on recommendation of my mailman.

A bit hard to find as you need to drive back around to the side of the strip mall. Around back there’s parking and a rear entrance to the shop. The building itself is a restaurant that looks like an old mcdonalds in the back and a convenience store on the other side. There you’ll find the coolers of beer. Several hundred present, for sure. I liked the winter beers all stacked up on a table. It was cool to see seasonals marketed that way.

The rest of the selection was overwhelmingly average. Not a single thing jumped out at me. There just seemed to be the full spectrum of ubiquitous imports and locals. I suppose if you aren’t a seasoned beer nerd, you could really go nuts in this place, but if you’re looking for rarities, this isn’t the place. On top of that, the locals were all spread about on the bottom of the shelves. I would have liked to see more attention given to the SEPA family of beers.

Lunch was good. I got the Jewish Hoagie as it seemed appropriate and my lady got ham. Both were tasty. The menu is gigantic, so take your time.

As far as service goes, it’s do-it-yourself. I didn’t get a beer, so I’m not sure at all how the staff functions as far as bringing you beer, but I have the feeling that you have to go pay for it and bring it to your table.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of techdiver
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

I had a hard time finding this place, heard about it from my son-in-law, who heard about it from someone else. Was hoping for something with less traveling time than Center City. Selection was not what I'd hoped for. Found mostly the standard sort of Belgians, with the exception of an Orval and Monk's Cafe.

Canadian section had a few Unibroue offerings. Most of Ommegang's offerings were present. Received a whole dollar off on my mixed six pack, so thirty-five bucks for a sixer is a bit steep.

Don't know that I'd opt for this trip again. It's a longer trip to either of The Foodery locations, but selection is much greater.

techdiver, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of JimsArcade
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%

Walking into Michael's Deli, you'll find yourself in a somewhat small room surrounded by ultraviolet-lit beverage cases (only half are used for beer, though). Walk further back and turn to your left and you find what is arguably the best deli in the area. But that's not we're focusing on here...

While you will find some 6-ers of macros and import-macros, the main draws are the hundreds of single bottles you can mix-and-match into your dream 6-pack. Also, many Belgian and specialty-craft 750ml bottles can be found here as well.

It's clear that some bottles have been there for a while, though. Under the bright ultraviolet lights of the cases and the store, I'd be wary of what to choose. I'd avoid all green and clear bottles unless they appear to be in pristine "just packed" condition. I'd also be wary of any brown bottles with significant amounts of dust on them, unless they're beers you know age well.

Be forwarned, though: you're going to pay A LOT for this kind of flexibility. I've seen premiums of 100% or more than what other stores normally charge. Of course, they can't touch Michael's selection.

The staff is effectively non-existant. Everyone is focused on the happenings in the restaurant. (You'll be waiting in line to pay for your beer with restaurant patrons.) Speaking of which, the cashier is in plain view of you while you make your selection. One in particular will just stare at you the entire time without making a sound, so it's kind of awkward at times.

It's not an easy place to find--it's near the back of a strip mall on heavily-congested route 202 in King of Prussia--but if you're looking for hard-to-find single bottles: this is THE place to go.

JimsArcade, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of clickpush
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

A nice little bottle shop that lit my out-of-towner eyes right up. The take home bottles at bar prices threw me off for a second, but I realized that it was my only chance to get a mix-and-match 6er so I went for it. Decent selection of typical east coast micros and some of the bigger mid-west ones thrown in as well. Seriously, though, the best thing about Michael's Deli is the pickle bar. Food is decent, service okay. As far as service on the beer, there was none. No one said anything to me as I picked out the brews, but I was informed when I got to the checkout counter that I could pick out a 7th free of charge since I'd completed a 6 pack. Not bad, but at over $20 for the 6er, I thought I deserved it. It's an alright place, and the north-east-of-Philly area doesn't seem to support a whole lot of bottle shops, so this one will have to do.

clickpush, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of DrinkbythePond
4/5  rDev +8.1%

I stopped with a friend after the holiday. Most of the 12oz. bottles were marked between $3 and $4 dollars which I thought was OK for a single. The larger bottles seems more pricey. I partially judge a place by how long I stay to look and I was there quite awhile. I also worry about how long they were sitting in the cooler, but the one I opened later in the day was tasty. It wasn't as pricey as I'd expected from the other reviews. The cashier answered the questions we asked and was good about breaking up sixies for singles. I'd go back.

DrinkbythePond, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

This place is a diner, a deli, and a beer store all in one. The best part is that they sell a large variety of brands by the bottle so if you want to try a pricier brands but don't want to spend $50 on a beer you might not like, this is a good place for you. The food was OK (I've had better breakfast sandwhiches), but I was very impressed with their beer selection. The beer brands were even broken down by country and brands to make choosing a beer much more interesting. Whether your looking for a German import or a Japanese rice beer, this place is great if you want to buy a country 6-pack sampler.

maddogruss, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
3.7/5  rDev 0%

The cashier was very friendly, but not too awful knowledgeable (sp). The selection was very wide, but I did notice that there were a couple of seasonals that were out of date. I was also kind of suprised that there was still a couple of Young's brews there. I guess it hasn't been that long. The food is pretty good, but there are better delis around the area. One think that I really liked was that they had Organic Pinkus brews. The beers were well organized, mostly by countries etc., but all the same breweries were next too each other. Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Schooly
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

Good selection, however because of this, beers stay on the shelves more than they should. I bought a bottle of UniBroue Trios Pistoles (the corked size!) I got it home opened it (no pop :-[), completely flat, saw the date and it expired the day before! I suspect it was flat long before that (thought belgians aged well...). I should have looked before purchasing. Oh well, buyer beware!
Service was okay, the guy there seemed responsive to my suggesting picking up som Sly Fox offerings, but don't go out of their way to offer assistance.
A bit pricey in my book, but that is compared to having to buy a case of one particular beer.

Schooly, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

A Jewish deli with a large selection of soft drinks, deli foods, and beer that expands through 7 standup coolers and about 3 half sized standup coolers.
I guess the quality is ok. I've gotten a bottle of Russian River there before that was completely skunked out but other than that, it's alright. Sometimes, they sit on stock for a while, so I'm not always sure about freshness here. Six packs, fresh. Loose bottles, I'm not quite sure.
The service is about average. Michael knows what he has in stock but don't expect anyone to be jumping from behind the counter to help you, or make any suggestions.
Selection is decent. A nice selection of local micros, Belgians, Germans, and British beers available. Of course, they have coolers dedicated to the larger macros as well but what do you expect. A good, if not the best selection of loose micro bottles in the KOP area, albeit a hefty price to pay.
Value...let's put it this way...I got two six packs with mostly local micros, a few Belgians in there, along with a Russian River Damnation, and a Heavyweight Bier De Garde. Cost me $75 for that. Not really a great deal if you ask me. In fact, not even a fair deal. Most of the bottles I picked up, including local micros, had a $5 tag on them. Pretty lame considering the cost of a case and the markup margin.

weeare138, Mar 02, 2006
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Michael's Restaurant & Delicatessen in King of Prussia, PA
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.