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Puerto Rico Food & Liquors
$$ - reasonable
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2559 W Augusta Blvd
phone: (773) 342-2678
(Place added by: PRFL on 10-29-2010)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
2012: PRFL has come a long way since the original review 2 years ago... 5x the amount of beers, really just a staggering selection these days. You know the feeling of the endless beer aisle in a huge Binnys? Now transport that into a tiny corner bodega, it's literally that same feeling of being a kid in a candy store. It's miraculous. A really impressive hand-picked selection and surprisingly without the usual gouge-happy bodega prices. The recent wave of new craft retailers should take serious notes from these guys.
600+ and counting...
Had an issue with getting repeat emails from them, and they quickly addressed the concern. Good communication and dedication to their customers.
Puerto Rico Food & Liquors is a small corner bodega shop, and if you blinked while passing by, you could easily miss it. Surprisingly there is a great little beer selection here (roughly 100 brands). Once inside there is a warm beer shelf to the left, and down the aisle there are about 6 cooler doors on the left side with more beer (more varieties than on the shelf too). The store is about the size of an apartment, so don't expect a sprawling Binnys selection here.
Selection wise the focus is US craft beer, with a handful of imports, a handful of Belgians like St. Martin, Chimay, and Lindemans. A whole shelf of Bells sixers (8+), 4-5 Founders, several FFF bombers like Dreadnaught, Moloko, and Gorch Fock, Victory Hop Wallop, Lagunitas, Left Hand, Great Lakes, New Holland, Arcadia Hop Mouth & Hop Rocket 4-packs, Rogue bombers and Dead Guy mini-growlers, etc. Locals were represented by Half Acre Daisy Cutter & Gossamer, 2-3 Metropolitan sixers, Goose Island, and Two Brothers. For a tiny corner store, this is impressive, especially for the area. The owners are doing a great job at bringing in seasonals, and the beers I checked were in code. New stuff: Southern Tier: Iniquity, Cuvee 1 & 2, Krampus, Flossmoor IPA & Pullman Brown, Arctic Panzer, O'Fallon Sticke, and more.
Staff was friendly and pointed out their favorites in the beer section. They mentioned that they recently renewed an old liquor license, and would be expanding the selection in the future. In addition to beer, they sell locally roasted beans from Star Coffee, homemade guacamole and salsa, and tamales on saturday & sunday.
Overall a great locally owned shop with a good craft beer selection in an underserved area. Also nearby are Rootstock, Archie's, and J&M Tap. Probably the best selection in a 2 mile radius (Uke Village, Wicker Park, Humboldt Park), second only to Lush on Chicago Ave.
2011: 250+ beers!
10-29-2010 18:48:42 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Old-school bodega right here that has a massive craft selection. It doesn't have too much fat on it like other places, it is sleek and well picked. The main beer guy Junior is a knowledgeable and very accommodating beer guy. The food seems to be tax free, at least when I bought some there which is a plus I would say, fuck Crook county.
03-24-2013 15:25:48 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Just found out this place was less than a mile from my house. Thanks beer menus. They had a great selection and lots of good locals that I couldn't find other places. This bodega is two isles long with one being dedicated to craft beer, and the other to food. The cooler doors run along side the far wall but there is lots of warm beer, a good mix of local stuff and some imports.
If you can find something ask, the owner is a great guy and know beer but he doesn't have room for all the good beer he gets so some stuff is behind the counter till he gets room.
If you live in the neighborhood, this is a "must stop" place or if you live on the westside and are looking for brews that sell out fast this is a good place to stop. Check beermenus as he updates it with each new shipment.
I'd like to keep this place all to myself but the owner is so cool that I really want to see his business take off.
07-27-2012 18:43:38 |
More by rhoadsrage
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I've heard about this place from two of my tasting group people so we trekked over here today to check it out. Driving down Augusta I would have missed this place if not for the gps. Its a small local ethnic grocery store that you would not see unless specifically looking for it. As I walk in I'm instantly skeptical as it reminds me of a store in Mexico; old, dirty looking even its not, unfamiliar foods everywhere. Once you walk past the counter the middle aisle contains all the beer, and I was super surprised. This is the beer place that time forgot, tons of local stuff that is harder to find (GI and Three Floyds), lots of Belgian staples, and other midwest goodies. No sours though. They still had Rare here at only $39 a bottle. The prices were a bit steep besides the Rare, a buck or two over what you would get at Binny's, but its worth paying as its actually on the shelf, where as most of the popular stuff sells out right away at other places. The owner or beer guy came up to us and we talked briefly. He explained he really likes to keep his beer selection seasonal, and that lots of lagers and pils would start coming in, he knew what he was talking about it. A bit out of my way, especially fighting down Western but if I was looking for something semi rare that sold out everywhere else I would give this is a try. Super solid neighborhood place.
03-05-2011 18:42:56 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Found this gem of a place based on the other BA reviews and was not disappointed. It's in a nicer neighborhood easy to access by car. Inside about half the store is beer and half is everything else you'd find at a corner grocery. I was very impressed with the huge and varied section of fantastic craft beers. Plenty of imports, west coast beers and east coast beers. The owners really know their stuff and go out of their way to help out shoppers, they know what's on the shelves. The big cooler section was filled with plenty of variety, not overstocked with BMC like many other places. This little shop is a real find for beer lovers and a really clever upgrade to a corner store--clear half the shelf space to stock craft beer! Would love to have one of these back home in my neighborhood. Win!
12-29-2012 07:15:51 |
More by BattleRoadBrewer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is, quite simply, the best. As soon as we walked in, Junior, the owner, asked if he could help us find anything. We ended up talking beer and the local scene for nearly an hour, and all the while Junior was helping us find anything we needed. He asked us if we had ever tried a particular beer-when we replied that we had not, Junior whipped out some cups and gave us samples right there. That's service if I've ever seen it.
This place might not have as many beers as Binny's or some other Chicagoland stores, but the selection is damn impressive, and perhaps the most appealing (to me) that I've ever seen. BCBS, Madame Rose, BA Naked Evil, and numerous others on the shelf. I honestly don't know if there is any way to improve the selection here. If I lived in Chicago, I would go here ALL THE TIME.
Puerto Rico Liquors offers an amazing selection with the personal touch lacking in more corporate chain type stores. You would never know it from the street, but this is the best beer store I've visited in Chicago, and that includes all the big boys. Thanks Junior-you're the man!!!
11-16-2012 04:35:03 |
More by jmgrub
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Not sure how to review a beer store's atmosphere. It's like a convenience style grocery store, what do you expect? Zero atmosphere BUT Junior is a great dude. He's always genuinely happy to see everyone that comes in and his store has a much higher ratio of great beer than crap. His pricing is standard suggested retail but he'll randomly give you 10% off if you have a decent sized purchase (or you're just a little short like my broke ass sometimes).
11-21-2013 18:52:38 |
More by teledeluxe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is a hidden cache! And by hidden I mean, they don't even have a sign - I literally did not know the name of the place until checking my bank statement. Right on the southeast corner of Augusta & Rockwell - looks like a straight-up convenience store (i.e. nothing special) from the outside.
The beer selection is ridiculous for a place of this size - as noted in another review, one of the first things I noticed here was a bottle of Rare...$39. That's at least $10 less than I saw it anywhere else, and I'm still kicking myself. ;-( That bottle is long gone, but they have plenty of rotating selections to offer. I was just in and saw a couple Brewdogs (Punk & Dogma), Boulevard on display (Single & Double Wide, Tank 7, Unfiltered Wheat), Port Mongo, Oak Aged Yeti, ST Cuvee 1 & 2, GI Big John, a couple Bruery, Ommegang & DFH offerings, etc. The local and Midwestern breweries (Half Acre, Metropolitan, Arcadia, Founders) are also well represented. Yet unfortunately, only one flavor of Four Loko was represented today - an oversight from the distributor, I presume...
I couldn't recommend this place any higher...good selection, great service - the type of place that makes you want to be a regular, and then rewards you for doing so. The owner is awesome, and seems to be truly appreciative of his loyal customer base.
05-18-2011 00:12:34 |
More by exitmusic00
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This place is absolutely incredible, a true hidden gem. I was led to this place when I was hunting for some Parabola. A twitter friend of mine said to go here and ask if they had any, as he bought some the prior morning. Unfortunately they were out, but holy hell, what a beer selection!
Normally one wouldn't expect to find such a large selection of great beer in the Ukie Village, especially in a Puerto Rican corner store. Don't judge by the exterior of this place, the neighborhood, anything...just go.
Oh, they do have an email list you can join that will grace your inbox with such gems as, "IM PREETY SURE YOU ARE WONDERING, WHERE CAN I GO TO GET SOME GOOD BEERS FOR THIS WEEKEND! YOU KNOW WAZ UP! PRFL!!!!"
Fucking A+, so awesome.
11-02-2011 18:59:03 |
More by mpwdoyle
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
PRFL is where you go to get quality craft beer without having to make the drive to Binnys. He has awesome selection including lots of barrel aged treats. Prices are reasonable, selection is great even for new releases and on Saturday and Sunday they have home made tamalaes and salsa!
They even have an email list to update you weekly on new arrivals and he takes request. It's like the dj at a wedding that brings the goods and then some.
Lots of local pipe works and FFF
Ask for Junior, he'll take care of you!!!
08-12-2012 13:18:53 |
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