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BA SCORE
97
world-class

60 Reviews
Stein's Market & DeliStein's Market & Deli
PLACE INFO

Type: Eatery, Store

2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130-5636
United States

(504) 527-0771 | map
steinsdeli.net

Notes:
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Closed Mondays

Added by dlintern on 01-05-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
92
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 92
Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

Stopped here for lunch. It's a short walk from the Avenue Pub. on Saint Charles Street.
As people have previously mentioned in their reviews of this place. Please be advised that they do not serve beer on the premises. Strictly to-go and take-out. Something to be said about getting an Oaked arrogant Bastard in a to=go cup. :) so, don't expect to have a Koenig's pilsner with your Tongue sandwich.

I found the sandwich board and menu slightly overwhelming. When this is the case, I always pick something from the daily specials menu. Wouldn't it be my luck that they were serving up Cuban's on the day I made my visit. My first Cuban sandwich. It was delicious. The food here is top notch, A must stop in NOLA.

While waiting for my lunch I perused the three or four dedicated coolers of beer to see what I could score for taking back to the house we were renting. I found the single to be bit bit pricey, but then again it is the big city. Seems they don't sell beer by the case here. The upside is that we did get a 10% discount of our purchase of anything more than a six pack if I can recall correctly. At any rate we found a case and a half of beer to schlep back to the house.
Six packs of Koenigs Pilsner pounders for 9.99 was the deal of the day.
Mostly American craft beer beer here, along with all the local beers. No macros, what a relief. Plenty of Stone products, along with some other West coast favorites. A fairly good selection of Belgians and some German offerings.

Go here for the food and leave here with some beer!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Spreetaper
4.19/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Murphdog08
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Franziskaner
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place was about 2 miles from my hotel on Canal Street and is like a beer oasis compared to those sad package shops on Bourbon Street. I also love that they open at 7 AM, so if you are conferencing you can plan to be there at 7 and still get back for work. There's lots of singles in the sliding coolers in the main deli portion, but if you follow these signs, go through the door in back into their private alley, and walk into this room in the back, you will be glad you did. There's tons of choices from Stone, Founders, Terrapin, The Bruery, Brooklyn, and Prairie to name a few. Good regional stuff from Saint Arnolds, NOLA, Southern Prohibition, and Parish to name a few more. Found Tilquin Oude Gueuze & 2013 Bigfoot sitting on the shelf! I spoke with a guy who worked there who was pretty passionate about beer and brought the Saint Arnolds Bishop's Barrel 13 out of another room after talking to me for awhile. This place is legit! Prices weren't on the bottles or the shelves, which was a bit annoying. I didn't try any food.

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Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.17/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Cool spot with good but slightly overpriced sandwiches and a very nice beer selection in a separate shed in the back. Carefully curated with a nice mix of local and regional beers, some limited barrel aged offerings, and a handful of fantome and other difficult to find euro brews. Lots of crooked stave stuff. A few bottles from Grassroots, a pleasant surprise.

Downsides: none of the beer, in a separate building even, is priced at all. So you grab your beer and take it to the counter and THEN find out the price. Nothing shocked me since I bought hard to find and expensive sours and was expecting high prices. Still to not have anything labeled is pretty annoying. Also I found the staff either largely indifferent or too-cool-for-school tattooed hipster types that automatically assumed I didn't know much about anything. Guess that's what they deal with most of the time in this city but it's still completely insufferable.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.53/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A nice little shop with specialty foods, gourmet items, as well as deli style foods and drinks. Didn't try the food, but looked like they had some good sandwiches and lunch items.

Was told this was the go-to place for beer in the NOLA area... Mixed conclusions on that point...

The coolers up front house about 4 more coolers worth of beers in singles and 750ml bottles. Nice. The beer laws here also allow drinking a beer from the bottle as you walk down the street, provided it's in a paper bag, which they are happy to provide. So, you can buy a single a stroll down Magazine street while sipping a cold brew. Cool!

Strangely, you're not allowed to drink beer inside nor at their tables outside, even if order food. What strange alcohol laws and regulations we have in the various parts of this country. Eh, not the proprietor's fault.

OK, so... The coolers are nice, especially given the location, but nothing crazy. That's not all. Not even much. The real beer room is not obvious. I had to ask and almost left thinking that was it. They have a room all the way to the back, out a door, and around a corner through an alley/courtyard where the real selection is. Secret beer lair? Not sure if this feels cool or shady...

There you fin a 15 by 15 space with just racks if beer. Dozens of breweries, both craft from around the world and local micros I'd never heard of. Found some good offerings from St. Bernardus and Clown Shoes that I've not had luck finding back in NY. Definitely a great selection given the size of the space and the other options I've found in NOLA.

BUT, do I judge based in that? Or in absolute terms? Compared to what we have in NY, Wegmans grocery store has a larger and almost as eclectic selection. I can think of at least 5 places nearby that dwarf what's here and my giti beer store at home has probably 100x as much. Also, some glaring omissions; I didn't see any Dogfish Head here, for example, so this is a place to go and browse to see what they've got, not a place to go if you're looking for something specific. Unless you're looking for something rare and hoping they might have a bottle because you'vr looked everywhere else.

Still, very cool place. Im told the craft beer scene in NOLA is a good decade behind the cutting edge, and this seems to support that theory if this really is one of the largest selections in the state. Not sure how much stock to put into that, though, considering that both Whole Foods and World Market have pretty good selections.

The staff are very laid back and helpful if you have questions

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Photo of tduecen
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great beer selection in the back, go in and pick out what you want. Also, try a sandwich before you leave, yo will not be disappointed. Always a good conversation to be had if you are open to talking with strangers.

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Photo of Gig2828
4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great little whole in the wall with fun surprises.

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Photo of Joetheduck
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of swalsh666
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of NateMac13
3.76/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of sdeese21
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I really wish I could score the "Food" category higher than a 5 because they make some unbelievably good sandwiches and rolls! Great beer selection and they tend to get a lot of the harder to get stuff in pretty readily. If you go there to only peruse over the great beer selection and don't pick up something from the deli then you've missed out!

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

This place is unique and has a interesting set up. A few coolers full of imports, mostly Belgian and German, as well as some American craft, are up front in the deli area. Out the back door and to the right is a small but packed beer room. Selection is really good and well stocked, lots of singles and bombers, at prices that are a bit high, but not outrageous. The staff member in the rear room was nice enough, however the young man up front where I checked out, not so much. He was on the phone throughout our transaction, and seemed to get agitated when I had the audacity to ask for a bag for my beer. Overall, great selection, cool atmosphere, didn't try the food but it looked great. The downside is prices are a bit high, and service not so good.

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Photo of stumac
4.98/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Very cool place. A true Kosher deli. Delicious food, they specialize in sammies, huge beer selection to go, very small but enough room to eat, good coffee, fast and good service. The owner Dan seems like he's straight outta the East Coast. Very monotonous but seems like a good guy.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Stein's is the best beer store that I've been able to track down in the NOLA area.

The food, first off, is delicious. No beer can be consumed on premise, but there is a nice selection of craft sodas.

Front coolers are stacked with shelf craft and macros, real treat is in the back. Great selection of Belgians, Founders, and Prairie. Older Mikeller as well.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of phindog6
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Dogleg
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Robyn
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of stephens101
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

This place is packed to the brim on an early spring Saturday afternoon. Most of the customers appear to have come for the deli, which has a huge selection of quality meets and cheeses. Some pigs heads lie around in the fridge, staring past the cold cuts, and adding to the overall ambiance. I'll pass on the headcheese though. On the menu there's tons of sandwiches of just about every sort to choose from. I had the Reuben, and it was driptastically fantastic and flavorful.

But the real reason I stopped by is for the beer. I peruse the place, taking in the eclectic mix of tourists and locals (businessmen, hipsters, punks) and ask myself incredulously, is that the entire beer selection in that small cooler filled with indie colas, some Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn? ...but wait! There's a sign of hope, and that sign says "Beer" with an arrow pointing to the back. I dare tread through what amounts to the back of the kitchen and into an alley, and I'm thinking how easy it would be to roll a beer geek with a pocket full of cash back here.

I quickly notice a door to the immediate right. This is either safe haven or the pathway to a very bad day. I open it and go in. And what do I find? The smallest beer store in America! But trust me, size doesn't matter in this instance. Stacked randomly around the tiny space are many rare sours that I'm not familiar with (or just don't remember), select Founders, Pretty Things, Stillwater, Terrapin, Clown Shoes, Prairie and so forth and so on. There's not one mediocre brewery represented.

Dan (the owner and resident curmudgeon as legend would tell) was helpful, not pushy, and generally congenial albeit somewhat busy. I get the feeling the guy is maligned a bit to tell the truth. He has a nicely curated room of beer, takes pride in it, and there's nothing wrong with that. While we didn't totally agree on his locals only policy in regards to rare beer, I never felt short-changed in any way. I walked away with a good haul, a full tummy, and a smile on my face.

Stein's Deli is quintessential New Orleans. Unique and gritty. It can be petulant one minute, then turn around and charm your pants off the next. It can make you wish you never stopped by, until you find yourself missing it after you've left. These are the paradoxical qualities that make me love the city, and now make me love Stein's Deli.

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Photo of Badger72
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere: Perfect deli atmosphere with an amazing beer room in the back. Stein's easily has the best selection of hard to find beer in New Orleans. They always have a wide selection of beer in the cooler and in the back room that cannot be found anywhere else in the city. Plus, all of it can be bought into singles, which I really enjoy. Seating can be cramped when it is busy, but it smells amazing in there, and it is only crowded becuase of the delicious sandwiches.

Quality: I have never had an issue with old/dated beer and every sandwich I have ever eaten has been outstanding. The best sandwiches in New Orleans.

Service: I have always received quick, friendly service. I don't consider myself a recognizable regular; however, I have been the Stein's 25+ times for beer or food. The owner Dan can be a little short at times or come off as rude, but I think it is just because he owns a busy/successful business. Plus, even though they close at 7pm I think during the week, they will let you come in and buy beer after closing. I have done this multiple times (after calling and asking if it is ok) and they are always really nice when I come in and don't make it seem like I am bothering them at all, even though I'm there past closing.

Selection: Like I already said, the best and widest selection of beer in New Orleans. If they don't have it, nobody else in New Orleans will.

Food: Again, the best sandwiches in New Orleans.

Value: The prices are a little higher than everywhere else, but you pay more for hard to find beer. Sandwiches are a little on the pricey side as well, but they are really big and fillig so I have no complaints.

Overall: This is a must stop for any beer lover going to New Orleans. Stop by, get a sandwich, and look over their beer selection that is lightyears above any other New Orleans establishment.

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