Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar

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79 Reviews
Reviews: 79
Visits: 115
Avg: 4.46
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

126 N Wayne Ave
Wayne, Pennsylvania, 19087-3315
United States
phone: (610) 293-0119

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Place added by: NolanGTI on 07-18-2007

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Reviews: 79 | Visits: 115
Reviews by woodychandler:
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5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Transcribed from undated notes, probably early-to-mid June 2009.

I was quickly coming to enjoy SEPTA's Regional R5 line, finding that I fit in so well among the glitterati and old money of the Main Line that I began to wonder why it had taken me so long to visit. Ha! The only commonality between us is that I used to mainline once upon a time. Oops, just kidding. Never cop to anything, that's my motto.

TND, as I was told that it is generally abbreviated, turned out to be a mere crosswalk from the train station. Entering, the m.d.s. was in the vestibule, directly between Teresa's Restaurant and Teresa's Next Door with the former to the left and the latter to the right, facing. TND was a long, narrow establishment with a VERY European mindset. A window fronted the joint (just to reinforce what a class act I am), along with some standard tables and chairs with a line of them running aft along the right wall before segueing into booth seating. The floor was stone as was the back wall with its opening for the kitchen. The left wall began with a series of coat hooks, followed by a cut-out for the entries to the twin unisex lavs, and then to the long stone-topped bar. The back bar had four shelves for various beer glasses, followed by a shelf of wine and liquor bisected by a line of twenty-three (23) CO2 taps and one (1) N2 tap plus two (2) cask ale handpumps. Under the back bar were six (6) double-doored coolers which were home to two hundred and fifty-plus (250 +) bottled beers, all licensed for take-away.

Does $ = atmosphere? In some cases, yes and this was one of them. I could lie to you and tell you that I had been much more at home at The Flying Pig, but the truth is that I was equally welcomed here. On this, my initial visit, my server was Katie, the Boston lawyer. I also noted that I enjoyed the smells coming from their oak wood-fired grill and oven and forget Jimmy John's free smells.

I CAN tell you that I have been back at least once since then. The taps rotate and at some point, they held a Ballast Point promotion and given my relation to one of their brewers, Colby Chandler, I try to represent when possible.

Finally, you must try one of their mixed cheese plates. Spendy? Yeah, but totally worth the expense.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Amazing selection of brews on tap! And even more in bottles. I always find the rare and obscure beer at Teresa's. It's a destination for anyone who is in search of good, quality craft beer!

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Photo of JohnWvanWinkle
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The best in Philly area.

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Photo of brockdidntslide
3.2/5  rDev -28.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

There's a little too much "Yeah, we got great beer and you're lucky to be here" attitude. Went in on a weds at 5pm and had my first three breed mentally lined up after reviewing their draft list. 1) Pliny 2) MO 3) Nebraska. Was then told - in sequence - that they were all out of all three. No other standout IPA on their menu. No apologies. I then ordeted dinner off their menu. I was Then told that they were out of that entree too. Waiter was completely unapologetic and didn't offer any excuse or look to find a way to make it up to me in any of these cases. He later asked if I wanted dessert and I told him that I was afraid that he'd hand me a menu and if I found one that I really wanted I'd only be told that they were out. No laugh. No apology. My advice to them: update your friggin' draft list and menus and get your waiter some customer service training, a smile and perhaps some Zoloft.

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Photo of LehighAce06
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of rydev24
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of ccapurso
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Blaze5445
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of grimey68
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

One of the best comprehensive bottle lists of any bar that I've been to. Pricing is structured oddly on some bottles, but you can easily find some of the best beers in the world here. If you hit it at the right time, they occasionally get some Russian River beers on tap, and price the drafts reasonably.

Bottles range from Cantillon to Russian River Supplication to Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Bourbon Barrel Aged - expect to pay though.

This place is a must visit if you're in the greater Philadelphia region.

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Photo of Meathead27
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Seriously doesn't get much better than this place for solid upscale pub food, a phenomenal selection of craft American and imported (lots of Belgians) beers in a laid back atmosphere. My hometown pub, I'm lucky.

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Photo of Sarge3130
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Lurkerson
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of johnrph
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Incredible selection

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4.96/5  rDev +11.2%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of amano_h
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA
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