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Hollingshead's Delicatessen

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Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen

Taps: 22 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
97
world-class

109 Ratings
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

368 S Main St
Orange, California, 92868-3834
United States
phone: (714) 978-9467

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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

Saturday was slow, so I popped onto BA BeerFly & decided to have a run out to a new Beer Store for fun. A quick search & up popped Hollingshead’s Delicatessen, & it was only about 20 miles away. So off I went. Straight down the 22 from Long Beach. It is very easy to find the location but even easier to drive past here the first time around – heading east on the 22, take the Bristol Street exit & bear right onto W. La Veta then hook a left onto S.Main St. It is not visible from Main, so if you are coming from the 22, you need to turn left into a small shopping mall area just before Staples.

Once I parked the beer mobile in the mall parking lot, it was easily spotted; Hollingshead’s Deli is tucked back from the road in the far right corner. The frontage has a Teutonic theme, lots of flags & banners from German Breweries are draped in the windows together with other Breweriana which is scattered around.

Inside it is a surprise at first, comprised of one large room, a quick scan revealed a Deli counter to my immediate left by the door, a long wooden bar sits against just about all of the back wall whilst beer coolers run down the back two-thirds of the right hand side wall, this finishes with shelves up to the windows which are stacked to the brim with a lot of German offerings. Two more separate aisles sit one to your left & right forming walkways down each side of the room; the middle of these is filled with a variety of tables & chairs for the punters to enjoy their sandwich & beer.

The bar seats about 8 people & has 15 taps, I counted them, most of the taps are in pairs & they are spread along the entire length of the bar. Excellent draft selection – no macros – just a solid range to great micro brews, many of which are rarely seen. I noted Sierra Nevada IPA & Pale Bock (they get the rarer SN releases it seems) & Reaper Dark Ale amongst several German offerings including Allgäuer & other Cali brews, they just sold out of Yulesmith allegedly. Russian River often makes appearances here too, but they are short lived, as usual.

Bottles are all over the place, a really good selection fills the Coolers, lots of Domestic, British, German, Spanish, French, Lithuanian, Polish et al offerings. An entire section of the shelving on the right hand wall is filled to capacity with a great range of Germanic brews. Middle aisles are filled with a selection of British, Belgium & Canadian specialties, including gift packs, glasses & the latest Thomas Hardy 4-Packs I noted. I loved being able to walk around the beer shelves & coolers with my Pint of SN Pale Bock in hand….what a treat that is.

Service is superb, yep I read the other BeerFly’s but I think it was superb. If you are in a rush don’t bother coming here, wait until you have time. There is nothing wrong with the service here, it is how it is & you have to get to used to it, relax, take your time, join in the banter and they will look after you. Being English I love obscure humor and sarcasm and it comes in big doses here, I *loved* it, I got served by three generations; Kenny the owner was a great laugh, his Dad had a sense of humor drier than Gandhi’s Sandals and his Son kept the shelves stocked and offered to take my 14 bottle beer swag to my car for me. I would hesitate to say that the Service is very un-American, but I truly mean that in a good way, no sycophantic false service and cheesy smiles here. Honest, Down-to-Earth, Laid-Back, Very Funny & thoroughly Enjoyable. Superb!!!!

I never tried the food. I came here for the Beer. But if I stay a little longer next time I may dabble with some.

It is a little pricey that is true, but if you are like me & shop around for beer, you will probably already have a cheap source for your regular beers so you will pick up just the rarer obscure offerings, if so, a trip here once in a while won’t hurt the wallet too much. Bottles have two prices; ‘take-out’ and ‘drink-in’; the latter can be a little steep. I really didn’t mind the prices, after all, if you’re a tight wad stay at home and drink alone. Speaking of which, whilst I was perusing the Samuel Smiths offerings a voice from one of the Tables asked if “I was from BA, and you’re TheLongBeachBum right??”. It was fellow local BA OCbrewfish. We shared a few brews here and then he offered to show me around Fullerton and have a few more beers – what a star, that is what BA is all about.

Quite unique I have to say, reminiscent of the Stuffed Sandwich in style (i.e. a Deli that serves beer with your sandwich rather than the other way around) but HD’s has much more character in my opinion. I could have easily stayed here much longer. A cool place that I will surely return to in the very near future and on a frequent basis for sure.

Thanks to OCbrewfish for the sterling company, laughs and the ride out to the Town & Country, Heroes and the Old Ship in Fullerton. Cheers Mate, I’ll BM yer next time I head out here!

Gotta love BA and BeerFly.

Last Visit: Saturday 16th July, 2005

07-17-2005 17:38:43 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Dukeofearl

California

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Second Review 1/14/06:
Nothing different to say about the review below except that I have to give it better scores and I am really jealous that this place isn't closer to my home. Aboout 25 miles as the crow flies (not bad), but a good 45 minute to 1 1/2 hour drive. I want this place to be my "Cheers". But it's too far to enjoy several pints and get home safely. That is really depressing. The service is incredible. The beer is incredible. The selection is incredible. The food (limited to sandwiches and dogs/brats) is pretty good. Oh how I wish this place was closer.

Original Review: 6/30/05:

As mentioned by other reviewers, this is a little, out of the way, very pleasant surprise that the locals probably have known about for a while, but is a great pleasure to be able to stop in now and again.

This place is not a bar. It is not a beer store. It is a deli. A deli that happens to want to offer you a beer with your sandwich. One of 14 beers on draft (all good ones, no macros here), or one of a couple hundred beers in the cooler. Or you can buy some for takeout. Is that cool or what? But because of it, expectations of what this place is and how it operates should be different than for a typical bar.

I've heard some people talk in various threads where they complain about the service, and I'll admit it was hit and miss- the family that runs the shop would disappear from the bar or be busy with other things, so that refills weren't fast. But the personalities of Ken the owner (he's a crack-up) and the others there more than make up for it. And I've seen much slower service in Belgium.

OK, this is an odd spot- as I said, it's not a bar, it's a deli/sandwich shop. It stops selling sandwiches at 6:00PM so they can clean up. They continue selling beer and chips, etc. until 8:00 while they finish cleaning up. Then it's lights out- literally. Something that sounded like last call at 7:40. This is not a late night spot. Disappointing for me since I got there at 6:30 hungry, and was just getting started when they started turning lights off.

The other thing that is missing from the other reviews is that this is Green Bay Packer HQ for the area- all kinds of memorabilia, and they show the Green Bay Monday Night games until they are over (at what, 9:00???)! They are my #2 team, but I have several friends who are huge fans, so this is a good alternative to staying home!

Also, they are closed Sundays.

When I went it, it was pretty busy, and included several people I had met at the Carlsbad Real Ale Festival a few weeks before- this place is known by beer lovers. Well worth a pilgramage.

06-30-2005 19:19:05 | More by Dukeofearl
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paulyrimz

Nevada

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$

I'd have to say, I overall enjoyed my experience at Hollingshead's. Great selection of off-beat beers whether it be Spaten, rare Stone brews, or Anchor beers, they have many beers on tap or in bottle to please the palate. The one major drawback of this place is their prices. Maybe being Orange county, it is hard to bring these exotic beers into town, but beyond that, it was still too expensive. Small glasses of beer ran at least $6 a piece. There is also a beer market inside, as I picked up a Samuel Smith Taddy Porter that was marked $3.50. They ended up charging me $2 more dollars for drinking it inside their establishment. A little over-pricing on the beers, I was willing to take, but when it came to the food, I thought they went overboard. I was pretty hungry so I ordered the italian, it comes as a double and a single. Thinking the double would be twice as big in size of bread and sandwich, it was merely more meat. At double the price of a regular sandwich, I didn't notice that much more meat than what was on my buddy's sandwich who got the regular. Maybe I'm being a little nit-picky on Hollingshead, but the truth is I enjoyed it for the most part. Great beer selection, probably the best you will find in Orange county in a laid back setting (Goat Hill and Yardhouse have many beers, but are more night spots). Sandwiches were also very good quality. I just felt that everything in the store was just a bit pricey. Some of the beers sold at their market can be found at Beverages and More for way cheaper. But this place is still well worth the visit, just come with plenty of cash.

03-04-2005 11:25:33 | More by paulyrimz
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rowew

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped in for lunch .. ended up staying for a couple drinks and taking a few home with me. Medium sized shop with a deli counter when you enter the door, a good sized bar in the back, and beer coolers on the opposite wall. The center is occupied by a few tables and some shelves of beer. Sandwiches are good deli quality, not too cheap though. Ingredients seemed to be top notch. The bar has about 15 taps, and many many more in the coolers to either enjoy there or take home with you. All the taps are regional specialties or imported gems - definitely no crap on tap here. What really makes the place is the service. Both the owner and his wife were there working, and willing to answer any questions I had on the beer. Very friendly, and quick to make sure I had everything I needed. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.. I know I'll be back.

02-02-2005 23:04:24 | More by rowew
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OCbrewfish

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$$

Since this review is for BA, I based my review towards the beer aspect of this fine establishment. Personally, I feel that this establishment offers the best beer, on tap, in "The OC". On any given day you'll find a plethora of quality micros being poured. Additionally, if your a rookie to beer, just ask Kenney and he'll steer you in the right direction.

The service is top notch. Kenney is always greeting his customers with friendly "hello" and his dad is always willing to joke with the customers. He even asked me: "Whats your problem?" I said "Why?" He answered: "Because your glass is empty?" Once in a while they'll get a rush, and you might think they forgot about you but they didn't. Well, if they did just holler and somebody will be right with you.

The food here is a bit pricey for a sandwhich but they say they use top notch ingredients. I guess that would explain it. But I don't come here for the food. It's all beer for this drinker.

By the way, he offers a nice bottled selection too! Excellent domestic micros as well as the European suds too. Whats most impressive are his German offerings. He has one wall dedicated to German beers. I forgot to mention, if you don't like whats on tap, you could get a bottle off the shelves and enjoy your beer that way too.

Overall, if your looking for some quality beer with good people then make Hollingshead one of your stops for a pint. Cheers!!!

01-27-2005 19:15:14 | More by OCbrewfish
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joeysuds

California

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I had heard about this deli for quite a while. Most said I'd be missing out if I didn't peek in. A few others said that it was "not bad". Eventually I fell into the later of the two groups. It is a great little place to grab a beer. Not open later than 7pm it took me some time to make it in. Their selection of bottled beer was excellent. They had the largest selection of bottled german brews I've seen in Orange County. It took me honestly 20 min to find a beer to sit with. The food honestly could have been better. I ordered a "double" sandwich ,which is the same as the single but with more meat and cheese. The bread was of the "Wonder " sort, small and square. Nothing to call home about. The staff was great. Helpful and knowlegable. Over all it is a sweeter spot in Orange County to shop and drink all in one.

05-27-2004 04:15:06 | More by joeysuds
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Took a $30 cab ride from my hotel in Anaheim to visit the Hollingshead Deli, and it was well worth the price, as I came back to the hotel with a box full of beer. The deli is located in a strip mall right off Main St. with plentiful parking.

The locale is a nice hybrid deli/beer store. They have a small bar seating area, a deli and on the right side of the store is where they keep all the beer. They have many 6-packs and singles in the cooler, and more in the shelves toward the center of the store. Lots of CA beers are available here, including Stone Anniversary, Anchor OSA, Moylan's, North Coast, Mendocino, Lagunitas etc. They also have a nice selection of glassware and tap handles to look at.

The service here was good, and I like the fact that you can grab a bottle off the shelf to drink with your food.

Speaking of the food I did not have a chance to partake unfortunately.

All in all this place is a must-stop if you are anywhere in the Anaheim/Orange area of California.

03-11-2004 20:34:28 | More by Dogbrick
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SwillinBrew

California

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

This is one of Orange County's little secrets, a gem... this place rocks. Imagine a deli with the freshest of meats, then for drinks you can chose one of the approximately 12 draughts which are all craft/mircos. When i went last Monday, the night the Packers trounced the Raiders, on tap they had some Arrogant Bastard, Allgauer, Ale Smith IPA, Anchor Steam Celebration, Sierra Nevada Nut Brown Ale, a Samuel Smiths and i thinks some Chimay, from what i can remember (they're getting Old Rasputin in a few weeks). Well, as i was saying, if you dont like what's on tap, you can just go to the store side and pick out a bottle of "put your favorite beer here" and have poured in your mug. I picked a bottle of Stone Vertical Epic which I purchased more of along with a Unibroue 10 that i found... I was tempted to drink a bottle of Rochefort but i'll save that for xmas day. There is a long bar to sit at and about 8 small tables but the atmosphere is defintely deli which works really well here... defintely a place where beer drinkers come to drink. The owners are very kind down to earth people and know their beer. Prost.

The only thing i dont care about is the service. The folks are nice, but service is very lacking. Only certain people of the family can pour, but they cant pour when they're ringing up someone or making a sandwich. Very inefficient.

12-24-2003 19:25:20 | More by SwillinBrew
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jcalabre

California

4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Hollingshead is a rarity in Southern California: the corner pub/deli. Family-run, Kenny & his clan are friendly & knowledgeable. Usually they have 12 or 15 micros on draught. They have a huge selection of bottles too, both for drink in, or carry out. It's a great place to go on Sat to watch a game & have a brew. During the week, they have deli sandwiches etc. Saturdays are hot dog day, w/ several kinds to choose from.

05-19-2003 10:28:14 | More by jcalabre
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Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
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