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Latimer Delicatessen

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Latimer DelicatessenLatimer Delicatessen

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 14.2%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Eatery, Store ]

255 S 15th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102-5034
United States
phone: (215) 545-9244

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(Place added by: WilliamPhilaPa)
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Photo of woodychandler
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.

woodychandler, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of eldondre
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

eldondre, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of jrancan
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

jrancan, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of trinitone
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

trinitone, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of papat444
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.

papat444, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of soupyman10
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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.

soupyman10, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of soulcougher
3.5/5  rDev +8%

soulcougher, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Soonami
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.

Soonami, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of deapokid
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.

deapokid, Dec 31, 2008
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Latimer Delicatessen in Philadelphia, PA
80 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.