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[ Eatery, Store ]
100 South 21st Street
(Place added by: Philabeerphia on 04-04-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 2
Reviews by woodychandler:
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dated T, 10 August 2010.
I was on a mission on this day. I had received a trade request for Sly Fox CANs and I was getting ready to head to Madison, WI that Thursday so I needed to reload and ship mos' quick. I had a list of all Beer Stores on BA Beer Fly at the time and I decided to visit as many of the ones that offered singles and sixers as I could, taking notes at each one.
I was not overly impressed, given the brevity of my notes. They had an eight (8)-door cooler with five (5) shelves each for sixers and twelve-packs and another two (2)-door cooler with five (5) shelves each for singles and cork-caged, bottle-conditioned beers. I did not see anything new that I had not seen earlier and prices were pretty comparable, so I called it quits.
Bottom line (for me): After a day of traipsing around, I reinforced what I already knew - when beer shopping in PHL for less than a case, I need only stop in at The Latimer deli and The Foodery (Northern Liberties) and I CAN get exactly what I want.
01-22-2011 13:20:38 |
More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Monde Market is a Center City corner store/deli that goes above and beyond in its beer selection to the point of warranting mention on this site. Most of the store could be any other number of similar establishments in the area, clean, straightforward, basic - not necessarily a beer atmosphere, but the upshot is you never have to fight for space when browsing the coolers. Wide open, no pressure.
This place has plenty of really great beer. While macros have their space in the coolers, it is small and constantly shrinking. I've been popping in at least once a month for over a year, and this place continues to improve its offerings. The last time I was in (a few days ago) one of the workers told me they are about to clear a couple macro shelves in favor of stocking even more craft beer.
The people who work at Monde have all been very friendly in my experience, and most if not all of them know their beer. That being said, this is still at its heart a corner store/deli and the staff have plenty of people to make sandwiches for and ring up, and most people aren't there to buy craft beer. Thus, they aren't clamoring to assist someone looking at the beer, but if they aren't busy they'll often ask if you are looking for something or have questions, and if you need more info on a beer or a recommendation they're a capable bunch. I guess what I'm trying to say is most of the folks here have the chops and desire to focus on the beer, but that isn't always the nature of the shop.
Selectionwise, this place is fairly killer. We're talking about 250-300 offerings, with the vast majority being American microbrews, both local and far-flung, available as singles. Some of them are the usual suspects, but they also carry some notable harder to find stuff, including offerings from Lost Abbey, Cigar City, and Russian River (see, not just a deli with some great if common beer, but a legit player). Philly has some serious destination bottle shops that allow this place to sort of fly under the radar. When a limited release has been totally snapped up elsewhere in town, it might still be hanging around here, not to the point of damaging the beer, but still longer than elsewhere. The only folks who might gripe with the selection are Belgian beer fans looking for something obscure and people looking for something very specific. Hey, no one has it all, but I'm rating this place in context of Philadelphia beer shops, and we've got some big ones.
Food is fine, straightforward, always made to order (no secret Philly food order protocol required), nothing wrong with it, the guy who is usually working the deli is awesome, but I'm here for the beer. Unless you were looking for a full on restaurant with great beer, you should mentally bump the score up for this place as the food rating will drag it down.
All in all, the above is enough to cement this as one of my beer haunts, but we haven't even gotten to the best part - pricing. This is all relative to other stuff in the area, but there are some definite bargains to be had here. No, it isn't as cheap as (insert state/area with lower cost of living and a different tax code), but for Philadelphia and even more so for Rittenhouse, the prices are outstanding. As far as I'm aware, they can't be beat on that side of the Schuylkill. One of the few places in town that feels good enough about its prices to clearly post them. If you're a beer fan living in Center City, this should be a regular stop for you if it isn't already. For those of us in lower-rent districts or outside the city, this is somewhere you should poke your head in whenever you're in the immediate area. Odds are very good you'll find a pleasant surprise.
05-05-2012 18:09:56 |
More by kc44
Monde Market in Philadelphia, PA
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