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Stein's Market & Deli
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Eatery, Store ]
2207 Magazine St
phone: (504) 527-0771
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm
(Place added by: dlintern on 01-05-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Nice friendly, casual, low key, relaxed New Orleans kind of place, fine sandwiches, some groceries, wine and a stocked cooler full of quite BA worthy beer offerings, including the aforementioned "Jolly Pumpkin, Chouffe, Eel River, Bear Republic, Rouge, Meantime, Westmall, and Unibroue" In a town that seems to be just marginally interested in craft/quality beer, this place is a welcome change. Worth a visit if in the area. For out of towners, perhaps at a convention, like I was, its about a 15 min walk from the Convention center.
03-16-2008 18:54:13 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We recently spent three memorable nights in New Orleans (November 10-12), staying with a pack of old high school friends at a stately rental home on nearby Carondelet Street. I was in charge of finding our lodging; the proximity of our house to Stein's (and Avenue Pub) wasn't lost on me. I'd read enough on BA and elsewhere to know that Stein's was considered among the very best in the city as both a deli and a beer shop, so the decision was an easy one.
Located at a fairly busy neighborhood corner (Jackson/Magazine), it's really not much to look at from the outside: a couple picnic tables, some skewed placards taped in the windows. Inside is a cluttered, well-worn jumble of tables and deli foods near the front counter - a traffic nightmare when busy. Warm sunlight streams through south-facing windows, highlighting a once-intricate pattern on the floor, now more bare than painted. An impressive deli counter, loaded with imported cheeses and cured meats, comes with a rather confusing system of queuing to order for a newcomer. No worries, after a visit or two we got the hang of it. Overall, loved the vibe: lively, eclectic, authentic.
Speaking of visits, I made four in less than four days. Our first stop was mid-afternoon on Thursday, the purpose solely to stock up on beer and snacks. Between four of us, we spent well over $100 filling two cases full of mixed cans and bottles (NOLA, Bayou Teche, Tin Roof, Abita for locals, plus some North Coast and Bear Republic, even a few favorite Belgians: Houblon Chouffe, Tripel Karmeliet, StB Abt 12) and cheese (manchego, aged cheddar, Humboldt Fog). Add in a few bags of Zapp's and we were set. On Saturday and Sunday I succumbed to the siren's call and returned for hot breakfast sandwiches, both times getting the ridiculously good Stoltzfus (corned beef one day, pastrami the next, both with egg, swiss and spicy mustard on an everything bagel) - just thinking about it now has my mouth watering. On the final visit, Sunday afternoon (post Saints OT victory), my friend and I split a Reuben and a Kelly (girly name, delicious sandwich). As good as the beer selection was, the food at Stein's is every bit its equal.
Besides the ample sampling of local beers we bought, I practiced a great deal of restraint by not buying a ton more from the beer aisles (well, racks, there are two of them loaded with many rare/obscure imports from across Europe and the US PLUS four or five reach-in coolers). Lots from Belgium, Scandinavia and the UK, even a few paper-wrapped bottles of Sink the Bismarck and Tactical Nuclear Penguin.
I guess the only 'flaw' any of us noted was a general brusqueness with service. Yeah, I get that it's a busy deli and, yeah, the owner (Dan) hails from the East Coast, but would it hurt to smile, or say 'thanks'? I will admit they were fast and efficient behind the counter and that one younger guy taking orders was as exceedingly friendly. Oh well, I won't belabor the point too much, guess I'm just used to better most everywhere I go out here in Portland.
No doubt, if we lived in New Orleans, Stein's would be a regular stop, such good food and that excellent, inspired beer lineup. Can't wait to visit again!
P.S. We did find it odd that there was no on-site consumption of alcohol allowed... especially in a city that encourages drinking just about everywhere!
11-21-2011 00:56:17 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
A great place to grab some beers, especially for the out of towners that are looking for something different, rare, sour, or whatever. The beers are all scattered about hap hazard like. Really no organization that I can tell. Up front are several tables for people to sit and eat. All the beer is stuffed in the back section.
If you like sour and funky, come here. Cantillon (you have to ask), 3 Fonteinen, Hanssens. Also stuff like Evil Twin, Stillwater, and Jolly Pumpkin. Some of the beer seems to sit around a long time, and the temperature of the place is not exactly cellar temp. So I would check freshness dates and unless it has been in the cooler avoid some of the aged selections.
The food is awesome. Lots of deli style sandwiches that are amazing. You can not drink alcohol on premiss though. The service is rushed, but they are always busy. I called a head to see if I could get a bottle of Cantillon, and they had it waiting for me. So they do care, just always a crowd here. I always stop here if I can after visiting Avenue Pub not far away in the Garden District.
10-06-2012 23:45:24 |
More by champ103
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Steins is a classic. This place is first and foremost a deli and the smell of a great deli happily greets you as you walk in. There is no drinking in the building though. This place has a large variety of beers--arguably the best in the city. I saw stuff from St. Arnolds and several Belgians that I had not seen anywhere else. Lots of great local beers here. Prices are also the best I have seen. $1.30 for a single of Abita. Yes they sell singles which is a big plus. If you ask someone in the store, they will gladly give you recommendations. Overall I would certainly come back if I was in the area. The only beer store in New Orleans that I discovered that comes close to this is Sidneys.
04-06-2011 16:37:51 |
More by tigg924
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As a huge fan of Chiocca's in Richmond, Virginia, I immediately got the same type of deli aromas, of course, walking into Stein's, and was immediately taken back. Had my wife and I not had lunch right before we walked in, we would've gotten sandwiches, but that's on our list for next time we're in the area.
I was surprised mostly by the Belgian selection at Stein's -- a lot of what I hoped would be there, upon knowing they had so many Belgians, were indeed there. Prices are definitely reasonable. And now living in New York, they had a lot of domestic brews represented from a lot of states.
It's a little tight as far as room goes, but that adds to the singularity of the place -- most of the beer's on the right side of the store, whereas all the food and deli items and ordering is on the left.
We weren't there long, but again, I'd definitely like to go back. I picked up a bomber from Pike Brewing in Seattle, and we went on our way. Next time, I'm sure we'll stay a little longer.
06-26-2011 19:41:27 |
More by asabreed
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Unique storefront in the Garden District. Loved the deli portion of the store, very interesting and old-fashioned. Likewise the blasting indoor air conditioner. Stand in front of that in the Louisiana humidity! The beer and drinks portion of the store is pretty cramped, a little difficult to move around.
The quality and selection for this area and the size of the store is simply mind-blowing. Someone works very hard to keep rarities, imports, and long-distance imports and craft beers in stock. I was hugely impressed with the overall quality of Stein's beer selection, and that would be true in Louisiana or any other state I have visited (California included).
No one helped me with my beer purchase, but my traveling companions were greeted by an amiable staff at the deli. While the selection of beers is pretty terrific, you definitely pay for what you get. Normal-to-high prices on rare beers = a lot of money on the beer counter! Bottom line, this is the store in New Orleans. Make a trip out of your way to get here.
06-21-2011 02:02:28 |
More by BretSikkink
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on my just completed trip to NOLA. Great place that is worthy of a BeerFly review.
Stein's is located in the heart of the excellent Magazine Street shopping area. There is metered street parking available and parking was not a problem. The place can be best be described as a deli that has a great selection of beer. I did not eat there, but the place was moving sandos. They have space to eat there, but all beer has to be consumed off site.
They have a few coolers of beer located on the right hand side of the store and also have some random bottles out on the floor. The selection was really good. They had lots of Sierra; Moylan's; Dieu du Ciel (including Peche Mortel); Mikkeller; Harpoon; Brooklyn; Abita; and Southern Star. They have a ton of Belgian offerings and a nice selection of Weihenstephaner. They also had posters advertising that Stone was going to be available in their shop. The prices were very reasonable. They also let you make your own six pack.
The guy working the register was a nice guy and mentioned the owner is a BA. He complimented that I had purchased a bottle of Peche Mortel.
If you hit up NOLA and want to have some good beer in your hotel fridge, make it a point to stop in at this place.
10-06-2009 18:20:11 |
More by mjl21
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Just got back from a visit to Steins. Picked up a Peche Mortel! Steins is a deli located on the corner of Jackson Ave and Magazine St. Dan is a very knowledgable guy and is very important in the beer scene here in New Orleans. They are starting to hold classes on the last Monday of the month at the deli which will awesome for NOLA. Very impressive selection of beers. Some beers I saw were(of the top of my head)Peche Mortel, Big Foot!, Bear Republic, Nice belgians in stock!, Old Rasputin, etc. He told me he will be getting in another 3 door fridge so I can only imagine what great beers he will be getting in. The only issues I have are: Can't drink on premise and no prices listed for the beers. Other than that this place is a must go!!
07-20-2008 20:15:33 |
More by Beerbuddha
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Steins is permeated by the smell of some really good food. Didnt partake as I had stuffed myself at Deannies. Seriously stuffed! The place was crowded and very busy. The beer shelves are a bit cramped but crammed with good beers. Nice selection of Mikellor and several others. I purchased a couple Fantome beers I havent seen anywhere else. The staff was attentive, efficient and somewhat knowledgeable about the products available. All in all a good stop. I will definately stop at Steins next time I am in town and I will go there hungry.
07-07-2011 21:52:35 |
More by nlmartin
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Walked down from the Mardi Gras parade route on St. Charles to check this place out. I have heard nothing but good things about this place and it did not dissappoint.
The staff is pleasant and helpful. Store was a little cramped around the beer but not uncomfortably so. Just had to let people by as I was browsing the great selection. Lots of belgian stuff that I havent been able to find in my usual haunts. Only bought a couple of things because we were planning to walk back to our hotel.
The food looked and smelled great, but my wife and I had just eaten before we got there. We will definitely be back for a sandwich next time we are in town.
Stopped back in Stein's the day after I wrote the review above. I had, perhaps, the best Reuben ever made. Potato salad was great and my wife really enjoyed her sandwich too. This will be a regular place for me when visiting N.O.
02-12-2012 13:11:14 |
More by TrappistJohnMD
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