Taps: 22 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 94 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by vacax:
3.88/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Hollingshead's Deli finds itself in an inconspicuous strip mall where a sign reads, of course, Hollingshead's. What this means is that not many people are going to stumble in here looking for a Bud Light... people might stumble in at lunch time looking for a sandwich, but as a beer destination the clientele is largely enlightened. It is brightly lit, which I like as a beer place (hate pointlessly dark bars... a place in North LA is so dark I have trouble seeing), however, as a beer cellar it is probably not beneficial. There is plenty of sports memorabilia that is personal to the owners, and not just a bunch of random crap like the walls at Applebee's.
There are around a dozen taps which turn around nicely so there is always lots of fresh beer. There is a large cooler along one entire wall of the shop, and another small cooler with some Belgian selections. There is also a large amount of beer outside the coolers. This place has a lot of beer for such a small shop. As such, the selection is pretty swell, but there is the fear of unfresh beer. I have been scandalized here by not checking my Pliny the Elder bottling dates, and gotten home to a four month old shell-of-its-former-self beer. As far as selection goes, there is a lot of German stuff that is not common. On tap, Kenny gets the elite stuff like Russian River or The Bruery Melange No 3., but he also likes to get German selections or American beers I haven't seen elsewhere and probably otherwise wouldn't try if it wasn't for their recommendation.
As a family run business, this place has a certain colloquial charm. While I have heard stories of their colloquial charm doubling as bullheadedness and bad service, I have not yet been victimized here. It is a bit odd, as they obviously mean well, with friendly greetings and banter, but the family multitasks, so the guy serving you a beer might go ring up customers or receive a delivery while you wait for your next beer. So far, for me the charm has outweighed any pitfalls, as I have been blessed with an excess of patience.
The sandwiches are tasty and quality through and through, but nothing fancy that would impress a deli aficionado. I also believe I have paid $14 for a club sandwich which I could have well made myself at home. Draft and bottles are also a buck or two more than the norm.
Overall, I would recommend checking it out if you are around, if not just to experience it. Stick to the draft beers and you should leave happy, usually.
10-14-2009 10:12:35 | More by vacax
More User Reviews:
4.86/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
This is a wonderful place. What you can't get on tap, you can certainly find in a bottle. The food is fantastic, though I feel it is overpriced. These guys also carry some pretty special beers, so some of the taps are understandably pricey.
Kenny Hollingshead is a wonderful man and he runs a wonderful delicatessen. I try to go here at least once a week to stop by and have a drink and a cheese/meat platter.
03-19-2014 05:27:45 | More by BingCrosby7
4.36/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here yesterday, my first time visiting this place after hearing about it for years. Atmosphere was good. People eating at most of the tables, including some of the ones right in front of the beers I was trying to look at. Service was great. I was asked if I needed help twice and the woman who checked me out could not have been nicer. Quality was great. Food looked top notch, even though I didn't partake this time, and the beers all were high quality offerings. Selection was great. They have a ton of beer packed into a small place. I was able to find two Almanac's I had been searching for so that was a welcome surprise. No food this time but it looked awesome from what I saw. Prices were more than reasonable on most of the bottles I was interested in. Overall a really nice bottle shop that I would definitely return to in the future.
02-12-2014 05:40:53 | More by orangesol
Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
96 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.