TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Slatetank:
4.35/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went to Tj's for the first time w/ my brother-tenderbranson69 for the 6th Anniversary celebration.
The place was about 1/2 full when I arrived and it had just started to snow - 1st snow of the season. I sat with him at a bistro table directly behind the bar which seats about 18.The room is very loud and slightly cramped, but there is sufficient seating for the space with a couch and a couple comfy chairs by the take-out coolers. The bar is decorated with breweriana and is organized with an overall neat appearance. They have about 12 tables and their is the dining room on the other side, generally a cozy establishment but not very much to dampen the noise level in the bar area with metal ceilings and tile floor.
The service level is very good considering the amount of people they serviced while we were there, the crowd became large when the second wave of taps opened at 5 pm. There were people waiting to be seated at the bar and everyone was served relatively quickly. I waited for a few minutes for my second draft, but overall good service since the staff introduced themselves and was very efficient with our orders which were handled in an accurate manner.
The selection is good, the event brought many drafts which are sought after beers -such as Pliny the Elder, Barrel aged Sea Monster to name a couple. They have plenty of Belgian selections and a good cross section of craft styles such as dortmunder, Imperial IPA, RIS, rye beer, Wit, American strong ales and a few lagers too. The drafts are what you want to see, though and TJ's doesn't dissapoint as they had over 10 plus cask ales to choose from.
The food was prepared well and came to the table hot and was presented well. The menu is standard bar food but care in preparation is taken They have tasty onion rings with horseradish dip which I sampled and the shepherds pie I ordered was tasty however the meat seamed to have a slightly high grease quotient. I sampled the fish and chips my bro ordered which were battered in Great Lakes lager and they were very tasty. It seems that they are trying to present the opportunity to pair beer with food and use beer in the menu items which is a plus. I liked the menu which was laid out well and looked cool with a metal cover embossed with the restaurant logo.
I found the value to be reasonable for what you get. I would return to TJ's and was glad I got to try the 7 beers I enjoyed since they offer flights of three in sampler glasses. I appreciate the opportunity to have craft beer on cask and options like Russian River Temptation and Ithaca Brute are a treat, not to mention an '08 Black Chocolate Stout, Life and Limb, limb & life and one of my favorite hoppy beers - Sculpin!
I recommend TJ's, I enjoyed the place and really didn't want to leave with the 20+ draft selections they offered on this anniversary.
12-06-2009 15:13:36 | More by Slatetank
More User Reviews:
4.6/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
One of the very best beer destinations in the Philadelphia area (or the world!) A ton of beer on draft, served correctly by a very good staff. Food is occasionally questionable (it's often very very rich, which can be great to cure a hangover but not so great if you're just looking for a reasonable dinner) but always quite tasty. The bar area has a great vibe, but so does the restaurant area - like two really great restaurants in one.
06-02-2014 15:34:52 | More by mfunk9786
5/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Great rotating beer selection on tap. Awesome burgers. Sports bar atmosphere to the right, booths and casual dining experience to the left. My favorite place to go out for a burger and a beer. Much better than any other options in tje area like McKenzies or Iron Hill.
04-05-2014 02:36:00 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
4.31/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Been going to TJ's since it opened. Great spot as it's damn near in the parking lot of my employer, and especially because they were one of the first bars that opened my eyes to craft beer. Scott's the man and one of the only people in the place I care for. Some of the employees are darn right not meant to be in such a wonderful spot (no names in honor of courtesy), you know who you are. Thanks for being there TJ's. May we enjoy one another's company for years to come!!
P.S.- Why do the waitresses get mad when you sit in the bar side, just to have some drinks and have a tab open at the bar? It ain't my fault there's not enough room.
03-19-2014 23:18:36 | More by Jaxbrew
TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery in Paoli, PA
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