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2.9/5 rDev -10.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is one of those unusual beer spots in Philly you would never know about unless you stopped in on your way out of McGlincheys, or Jose Pistoles.
The staff will not help you. I get the impression that they know next to nothing about beer. They seem to order things arbitrarily, which can sometimes result in good finds. If you llok carefully, it is possible to find 1 or 2 year old releases of winter seasonals/strong ales, or one-offs from Avery.
If you like crack, all you have to do is hang out in front of Latimer deli for a few minutes, and you will be approached by every dealer in the city. Don't linger, just buy and be on your way.
09-23-2008 08:23:22 | More by DaveHS
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev +8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Next door to my apartment, so my standard beer can/bottle joint. A surprisingly good selection of beer, with a very good variety of cans and bottles, in six pack and single-bottle form (some of which get a little expensive). For the most part the beer I've purchased has been high quality, although I got a whole bottle of skunked Sam Adams that really pissed me off. Overall, though, a good selection for a deli, if you can handle the employees oggling your girl (mine doesn't shop there anymore). They've got 24s of Sierra Nevade Pale Ale, which is okay by me.
02-02-2007 03:43:29 | More by soupyman10
3.15/5 rDev -2.8%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in before hitting the PATCO train station around the corner to see what kind of selection they had. Several refridgerators on the right, containing a decent selection of local brews. I was specifically looking for some Russion River but they did not have any. But while looking through the glass I noticed several beers had significant dust sitting on them. I saw some older Avery 12th anniversary bottles sitting there too.
While looking the selection over 2 other people came barreling in to pick up some Colt 45s. Looks like those beers really move here. Plenty of warm micro sixpacks were also sitting on top of the refridgerator.
This was a one time stop to check it out, I'll be heading over to the Foodery for my singles I can't get in NJ. I won't be hitting this place again.
11-01-2006 23:00:36 | More by Gavage
3.55/5 rDev +9.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Everyone seems to always be comparing every deli that sells beer to the Foodery. Face it, The Foodery is a beer store that sells food to stay legal under PA liquor laws. Most other places, like Latimer's, are delis that sell beer.
Latimer's is right around the corner from my office, so it is very convenient. I sometimes pop in there and pick up a single on my way home. They have an above average selection of macro, micro and import beers. They have cheap (decent) food to go with the pricey beer. Pricing is actually close to that of The Foodery, but no mix-a-six deal here.
As noted, "beer" service is non-existent, but this can be attributed to the point above. You wouldn't go into a 7-11 (in those states where one can buy beer at 7-11) and expect good "beer" service. Keep this in mind and you shouldn't be disappointed.
If you want to do some serious beer shopping, this is probably not the place to go. If you want to pop in somewhere to grab some decent beer, Latimer's is just fine.
10-11-2006 17:32:02 | More by trinitone
2.1/5 rDev -35.2%
quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I am not impressed with the Latimer Deli upon entering the establishment. Horror of Horrors I saw bombers of Ommegang and related products in milk crates sitting in the window. This was not a very good omen at all. If this is how they treat the beer you can see. What do they do that you dont see?
The beers available included many nice bombers Russian Rivers, Rogue, Heavy Weight and Sly Fox. A nice collection of six packs was in the coolers. Extra beer stock was kept ontop of the beer coolers. The prices are as noted a bit pricey. The staff seemed to care less about beer customers. They dont take credit cards. The Foodery blows this place away.
06-16-2006 12:10:11 | More by nlmartin
2.9/5 rDev -10.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Visited here March2006, had already gone to the Foodery a few times and can compare that as well, this place has primarily domestic micro's and macros as well as a few english, german and a few more belgian beers (no lambics besides LIndemann's). Beer is kept in flourescent-lit cooler, though domestic sixes are also kept on top of the coolers warm. Selection is very decent for a food-place, but about half of foodery I believe. Prices seem very high, but I cannot do a specific comparison.
Service is essentially non-existent with regard to beer, but if you know what you want it may not matter.
I would say perhaps 20% of what they had in micros and imports was not available at the foodery in the same time period.
03-13-2006 02:15:17 | More by dogfooddog
3.85/5 rDev +18.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
Quite a good beer selection here. they have specialty singles (mostly larger bottles) and six packs of both micro and import beers. The prices are rather expensive but they are they sell until 2 am. PA's beer laws yield six pack shops rare and the 24% tax means beer is always expensive here. Service is like any other convenience store.This place isn't the best in town but it's pretty good. Best place to find Midas touch at 1 am (or any time really). Pick up a cheese blintz while you're at it.
04-08-2005 01:23:05 | More by eldondre
3.05/5 rDev -5.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5
Like it says, in a deli where the food is the focus. Because of this the prices are high, much higher than at the Foodery which is only 8 total blocks away (and a nice scenic walk, i'd add). Carries the same merchandise as Foodery with an occassional exception, but in terms of total number of beers carried Latimer is about half of the Foodery's total. The prices are also definitely higher at this place. This I'll state as fact for I live literally across the street from the Foodery, and have stared at their price book for hours. Furthermore, there's no discount for mix-a-six and nobody around to answer a question or shoot-the-bull about beer with. Selection includes Yards, Anderson Valley, Brooklyn, Anchor, Flying Dog, DFH, Victory, Rogue and many macros, especially forties.
To go on, the Latimer is on a dirty and trafficked stretch of the business area of Center City, and definitely suffers from being too close to Rittenhouse Square, of which the repercussions are many, mostly price oriented. If you don't feel like crossing Broad, by all means shop here - its definitely worth a mention for any Center City brewshopper. If you don't mind a little further walk into a picturesque area of Washington Square West, go to this place's competitor for non-case beer selling in Philly.
08-29-2003 15:40:16 | More by nomad
3.7/5 rDev +14.2%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5
I must admit, they are very close to having as big a selection as The Foodery. Where they lack is the service. A few of the guys at The Foodery are very knowledgable and have had most of what's available. This place, I'm not sure the guy behind the counter even knew what a beer was. Like WillPA said, prices are high, so I would suck it up and walk 5 blocks down and 3 blocks over to hit The Foodery.
03-09-2003 19:52:11 | More by jrancan
2.95/5 rDev -9%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
This is another Deli like the Foodery & Philly Nosheri Deli's. Small deli, but a good selection of singles and sixers are to be had at this place, I did a approx. count of around 175-250 different kinds of beers. Just to name a few products, all Victory products like the V-10, Unibrou, Rogue, Trubble De Yards, Stone, Chimay Blue/Red, Duvel, Sam Smith and so on. A well rounded selection, but the prices seem to be high. Watch out though, I seen many out dated beers! They also have a little restuarant area is the back of the store. This place is right next door to McGlinchey's bar & a couple blocks from Monk's Cafe.
01-24-2003 09:46:45 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Latimer Delicatessen in Philadelphia, PA
80 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.