Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by cracker:
4.22/5 rDev -5.8%
Well, I was waiting for this to finally be added to beerfly. I've been to Teresa's Next Door three times now and have enjoyed myself each time (except for a minor credit card glitch which Mike the owner quickly corrected).
The place fits Wayne perfectly in that it is a bit more upscale inside with a nice-sized seemingly never ending bar on the left which is packed behind with a long row of clearly visible coolers stuffed with a huge selection of bottled beers (I'd say somewhere around 150 ish or so with most of it being Belgian and American micro). No TV's, no smoking. On the other side there is a row of booths for dining/drinking and a few tables up front where you enter. Bathrooms are unisex with an odd flat shaped sink (check it out!, just don't put the pressure on too hard or you'll look like you peed yourself just ask my brother).
There are 25 taps with one hand-pump. No BMC or big macros on draft...all quality including Belgians, local micros from Victory, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Dogfish Head, Stoudts, Yards etc, west coast ipas, founders, bells, and so forth). Apparently the choices are influenced by the gang at The Beer Yard which is well known locally for their impressive selection and quality.
Service is good and the bartenders I've dealt with seem knowledgeable. Beer is for the most part served in appropriate glassware. Although I was suprised that Bell's Hopslam was served in a pint glass (~10% ABV). Food in my mind is ok. Nothing exceptional. I think they desperately need to change the menu and add some more creative dishes (some vegetarian options would be nice).
Overall, an exceptional place. I like that fact that I don't have to drive all the way into Philly and be bombarded with traffic and parking. Having a place like this only 10 mins away is awesome. I think they will do very well and fellow BA's will eventually seek this place out regularly.
07-19-2007 00:20:14 | More by cracker
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4.75/5 rDev +6%
People keep making the correlation between this place and Monk's in Philly for a good reason; the food, the beer, the atmosphere, and the beer-savvy servers here would make you swear that this place is an offshoot of Tom Peters' fabled joint.
The one thing I do enjoy immensely about Teresa's is their geographical location and their (lack) of people; whereas Monk's is still my favorite bar on this side of the coast, it's very hard for me to have a relaxed evening where I can kick back and enjoy my beer with some Belgian-inspired finger food and pub fare, because well... everytime I end up going to Monk's it's always a freaking zoo inside -- good luck getting a seat at the bar unless you want to eerily stalk or creep behind one of the tenants until they get uncomfortable enough to move out of their seat.
That being said, the beer choice at Teresa's is almost as phenomenal as Monk's with about half the demand that Monk's gets; Bottles of Cantillon disappear within hours of hitting Monks, whereas I was able to enjoy a nice 75cl bottle of Iris here, followed by a 37.5cl bottle of 100% Lambic Classic Gueuze; the Russian River sours seem to be almost always be in ample supply here, and their rotating tap of harder to find Belgians is almost par with Tom Peters' eclectic weekly offerings.
The food here is absolutely amazing; I love that they have a charcuterie/cheeses option, as well as some dishes harder to come across (my friend tried his first escargot here) -- I would love to come back here to try the Dry-aged Wagyu in lieu of the Duck Confit Salad I had, and maybe try my hand at some of their other hearty entrees.
I'll have to give Teresa's Cafe a try as well since you can reportedly get the same drinks on either side of the establishment.
08-15-2014 16:22:39 | More by amano_h
Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA
98 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.