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Reviews by mltobin:
3.03/5 rDev -6.5%
Alright, this place is a bodega/deli, certainly not a restaurant. Just make sure you don`t come here expecting a restaurant. That being noted, this place is very close to Good Dog and Jose Pistolas and is open late. For selection, you will find some fairly typical Belgian 750mLs, Unibroue 750mLs, some U.S. 22oz. bottles. For the U.S. beers, there is beer from Yards, Lancaster, Sly Fox, Victory to represent the greater Philly area breweries. And then there are some good beers from other parts of the country such as Bells, New Holland, some more.
The prices are a bit steep, but it is in a popular neighborhood, not too far from Rittenhouse and they are open late. As can be the case with spots like this, you may see something a bit odd, such as the very young looking college kids in front of me, using their Korean passport as their ID to purchase alcohol.
09-06-2013 17:03:12 | More by mltobin
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3.73/5 rDev +15.1%
My second swing through Latimer, located on 15th very close to Jose Pistola's. Worth a stop if you are in the vicinity.
Atmosphere: The big awning, a grocer beacon. Inside, the beer coolers (two sides of one aisle) are well-stocked. The farthest to the right has singles, Belgians and such. The abutting cooler has both singles and six packs. The other aisles contain sundry items. A deli area, complete with seating, is off to the back on the left side.
Quality/Service: I've never eaten here, so I can't comment on that service angle; I've never been approached in the beer aisle, come to think of it. Don't expect bells and whistles, just a small store with a better than average selection.
Selection: Surprisingly nice, enough to warrant a meaningful stroll through the beer aisle. Belgian singles are a focus, with a deep selection of the usual suspects (Bernardus, Chimay) but with some nice twists (first time I'd seen the Unibroue grand reserve 17). The domestic side doesn't skimp either with a focus on local beers. Hell, I even saw Peeper there last week. The depth of selection (if not the quantity, it is a small locale) rivals larger, more well-known stores.
Food: A full deli is in the rear of the store but I didn't eat there.
06-12-2012 00:15:17 | More by akorsak
3.36/5 rDev +3.7%
Latimer Deli is a place I walk by pretty often because I'll visit restaurants in the are fairly regularly. It's right next door to Jose Pistola's. The place is set up like any other deli or convenience store with a couple aisles of snacks and soft drinks, just with beers in cold cases on the right. There are mostly 6-packs and a few singles. The selection is pretty good and current. Usually you have the choice of some Bell's, Founders, and locals. This isn't the kind of place where you're going to stock up on tons of stuff, but for a corner store the selection is pretty solid (read: average for Philly). However, as is the trend for the city, there are no prices on anything the staff is more than willing to scan stuff at the register for you, but it's embarrassing to have to ask and then put stuff away when you find it's much more than you want to spend. I think this is something that puts me off more than high prices. I can swallow the high prices if I've taken into consideration how much the beer will be as I decide whether or not I want to buy it. The prices are on the high side, but reasonable for the city and neighborhood. I wouldn't trek here on a beer hunt, but if you live close it's not a bad option.
03-15-2011 05:36:30 | More by Soonami
3.1/5 rDev -4.3%
Stopped by here after visiting Jose pistolas.
Latimer is a clean looking deli with some cold cuts and such as well as some more food options. They also have beer and a pretty good selection at that. The problem is (and this is rampant in Philly) the bottles dont have prices on them. Im assuming they are expensive though. Well that's all I have to say about this place because I am not bringing bottles up to the counter to see what the price is. Just put some damn stickers on the bottles you unknowledgable single beer supplier nazi's, quit it, it's getting old. End rant. This place is clean though!
11-21-2010 01:59:04 | More by BARFLYB
3.5/5 rDev +8%
Visited Oct. 10, 2010.
Looks like a deli/restaurant on the inside and almost all beer here is refrigerated (as with most place in PA). Lots of bombers & six-packs with some cases piled on the top of the refrigerators. They allow singles so that's cool. The guy i spoke to didn't seem to know too much about the beer. Not bad overall though i did see some old stuff including some Red's Rye from 2009! Cleaner than Foodery and the selection is about the same, maybe a bit less. Check it out but don't go out of your way though.
10-12-2010 16:38:18 | More by papat444
4.15/5 rDev +28.1%
Almost next door to McGlinchy's, this has been my "find" for years. I know the arguments. Foodery has a better selection; they only take cash, the freshness of the beer is sometimes suspect. Bah! It's almost just around the corner from Nodding Head, which is usually my HQ when I roll into town and it's not as much of a hike as it is to Pine & 10th. I found it, it's mine, and if you don't like it, you can go elsewhere.
As you enter, the attraction is the bank of coolers running the length of the right wall. I hate to go in any more because I always see at least one thing that I want and I'm swimming in beer at home. Opposite the wall of coolers is a shorter bank of coolers for their overflow and macros. The back wall was the working deli. The rest of the space was shelves of various goods. The checkout was to the right of the door, facing the street. Street? Ah yes, I was just window shopping and now must be going.
12-02-2009 10:17:47 | More by woodychandler
3/5 rDev -7.4%
Small deli/ bottle shop in Center City with a very large selection of quality American craft and Belgian beers. From the outside this place just looks like a corner hole in the wall but they actually have a good 12-15 coolers of quality six packs and 750s. Of course the have the standard 40s and BMC stuff but also carry St. Bernardus, Triple Kameliet, Petrus, Kasteel, Unibroue, etc. The service is pretty substandard by any means. It's run by an Asian family who are very unpleasant and actually watch you unitl you come to the register with money. They are a bit more pleasant hen you pay but are overall unfriednly and not knowledgeable of what they carry. The prices are very, very high. Expect to pay close to $15+ for a 750 of anything good. On a positive note, thy are open until 3 a.m.
10-16-2009 08:14:00 | More by corby112
3.35/5 rDev +3.4%
Stopped in after work today to grab a few special picks for New Year's Eve.
Storefront seems a bit cluttered, but selection is quite good for a small deli in the middle of Center City Philadelphia. All the popular American micros are well-represented and, I must say, they have the best selection of Belgian beers of any corner deli on Planet Earth. This is not to say that they're better than The Foodery, but for a place that specializes in cold cuts instead of brew selection, this is still quite impressive.
For my six-pack (mix and match), I got a Delirium Noel, Tripel Abdijbier Dendermonde, Corsendonk Christmas, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, Young's Old Nick and North Coast Old Rasputin. They don't give a six-pack discount, but I felt like $38 wasn't the worst price I'd ever heard for three tall boys and three regular bottles all of a high quality. Although they don't take plastic, they have an ATM near the register.
I guess the only real downer was the lack of help from the staff. Although I really didn't expect the already busy employees to come and deal with my beer needs, pricing on the bottles would have been nice, especially since some were over the $10 mark.
Also, one of my beers had expired in April 2007 (the Old Nick, which is now retired), but it's a barleywine, so let's hope it held up well.
12-31-2008 22:09:58 | More by deapokid
Latimer Delicatessen in Philadelphia, PA
80 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.