Old Nelson Food Company

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Old Nelson Food CompanyOld Nelson Food Company
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Old Nelson Food CompanyOld Nelson Food Company

Type: Eatery, Beer-to-go

129 S 30th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104-5001
United States

(215) 382-1061 | map

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Added by fdig23 on 04-20-2012

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
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3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I stopped in at Old Nelson Food Company based on fdig23's review. He was spot on. As you enter the check-out counter is in the center with the sandwich area and seating to the left, and several aisles of snacks and so forth on the right. Coolers start on the right with the entire wall on the south / Walnut Street side devoted to soft drinks. The beer is at the back and includes 7 doors. 1 of those doors is made up entirely of large bottles, and fdig23 pointed out, the prices were good. They were selling a 750 ml of Dogfish Head Noble Rot for $13.95... I had just seen it at Beer Heaven for $18.99!!! Directly next to that is a cooler made up of larger cans and bottles which are mostly mainstream stuff (Sapporo, Fosters, etc.). Beyond that there are 5 cooler door consisting almost entirely of craft brew six-packs. Sure there's some basic stuff mixed in, ciders and what not, but I'd say that at least 4 of those doors contained beers I'd be interested in. They even had a Pilsner from Belgium that I haven't tried before. Finally, to the left of these and directly at the center of the back wall (which comes out a bit), are the singles. There's a two door standard cooler with a mix of mainly standard beers and a few craft brews. I decided to go for a single can of Sly Fox Royal Weisse - that cost almost $3, so beware.

Apart from the beer this is basically a sandwich shop, which explains how they can stay in business because they're probably serving quite a few office buildings in the area. Sandwiches are $4.99-5.49 with your choice of bread, and hoagies are $5.99-6.29. For some reason wraps cost even more, at $6.29-6.69 (they must be pretty big).

Overall, it was an easy stop for me, and they had a good selection. I was pleasantly surprised, although their selection is not nearly as good as some.

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Photo of drtth
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

I think the range of the craft beer selection here may have decreased since the first two reviews were written. There were a few Bombers in stock, lots of standard mass market beers, and 5-6 sheleves of pretty standard (for Philly area) 6 packs (Anchor, Victory, Yards, etc.) but not too many more different beers than that. The case of singles had most of the standard mass market beers and singles of the craft available in six packs. Pretty averagle selection with the major virtue being that you can stop in and grab some stuff to go. But don't go looking for anything hard to find.

The Deli part of the place has lots of reasonably priced sandwiches and a comfortable place to sit and have both lunch and a beer.

There is also lots of packaged food one can take away to microwave if looking for a lunch that can be heated in the office microwave, etc.

The staff was pleasant enough but this Old Nelson is mostly a convenience food place for folks working in nearby locations.

Prices are about what I'd expected.

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Photo of fdig23
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I don't know if this place is just a really well kept secret or if no one actually knows about it. Its a small deli, convenience store with good hoagies and a nice snack and beverage selection. It's in a really bad location for foot traffic, located under the IRS (old post office) parking garage on the corner of 30th and Walnut. I passed by and saw the take-out beer sign, expecting maybe a few six packs of the standard Philly stuff, but they actually have a decent selection. Nothing that is going to blow anyone away but all of the standards are well represented. The whole back wall of the place is coolers. Mostly cold 6-packs with a whole cooler of Belgian singles and a whole cooler of US craft bombers. Across from the coolers is a low rack of room temp bombers and 750s, and gift packs. They claim to do a mix-six but I didn't see any empty six-pack cartons and there aren't any single 12oz bottles. I was in a rush so I didn't ask about it. The pricing is the best part about this place. These prices are on par, if not cheaper, than Wegmans and Whole Foods out in the suburbs. Picked up a Duvel 750ml for $9.95 ($10.95 at Wegmans in the burbs!). This place is always empty so hopefully more people find out about and keep them in business.

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Old Nelson Food Company in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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