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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 Gavage
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Gavage, Nov 01, 2006
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 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 corby112
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.

corby112, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of 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.

mltobin, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
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!

BARFLYB, Nov 21, 2010
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 soulcougher
3.5/5  rDev +8%

soulcougher, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of nomad
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

nomad, Aug 29, 2003
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Latimer Delicatessen in Philadelphia, PA
80 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.