Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
08-19-2010 22:54:31 | More by woodychandler
5/5 rDev +11.6%
My favorite bar on the Main Line! Great happy hour (4-6) with $3 American and $5 Belgian drafts. They rotate the drafts almost daily, and the website is always updated. Make sure to look out for the events as they get a bunch of rare stuff. The food, especially oysters (Monday is buck-a-shuck) and mussels is great. The Cuban sandwich is also delicious. The wait staff are all incredibly knowledgeable, and very willing to explain styles or give samples. The atmosphere is very old-school (no tv or anything like that), but this leads to a very relaxed atmosphere. The wine and whiskey lists are also worth mentioning. A great stop in the Philly suburbs!
11-02-2010 03:07:49 | More by deskim
4.95/5 rDev +10.5%
The question is, what's not to like? If you are looking for great food and one hell of a bottle list and 24 taps plus 2 on the handpump, well this is your place. The glassware alone, is in one simple word, awesome. They do the whole range of beers here from Charles Wells ESB to Belgium Wild Ales to Hopslam. If there is only one small downer for some people, that would be how loud it can get at times. Now if that is your only problem,why hell, things are good. I could give the food a higher grade, but I need to eat here a few more times (and not just drink) to be fair to everyone. Everybody that I have met who works at Teresa's Next Door really seems to care about your experince there. They also have a very good wine list and some really top shelf liquor choices. It is as the critics say, a must see!
07-19-2007 00:24:35 | More by northside
4.88/5 rDev +8.9%
just visited this past weekend and had the time of my life. 4 batches of consecration, and supplication on draft! my two favorite beers! even knowing they will only be on draft for a limited time, it seems this place would usually have the cream of the crop brews. the trip to get there was well worth it. the rest of the draft selection was amazing, as was the bottle selection. definitely on the up scale, but pricing didn't seem to bad. the bar staff was very knowledgable, much more than i had expected. didn't try a meal but i did have a cheese tray that was delicious. hopefully i will be able to visit this place again in the near future. my only complaint was the hostess didn't seem too friendly. i think she was in need of a stiff one, and i'm not talking about a drink. if your in the area this place is a must.
07-19-2010 15:32:09 | More by berpwillie
4.83/5 rDev +7.8%
Overall, TND is outstanding; it's currently my favorite beer bar and if you haven't been, you should. 24-odd taps and two hand pumps, great bottle list, knowledgeable servers who consistently have great recommendations. Kid-friendly, non-smoking, and it's certainly nice that you can get there on the train (take the R5 to Wayne and it's less than half a block away), meaning my wife and I can both drink; always an issue at other good local places like Capone's.
The atmosphere is great as well; no TVs or smoke, just people enjoying beer. It can get a bit crowded later, but the bar service is still always good.
The beer list and tap list are large and varied, and I can always find something I want, but there are a few odd gaps...the English and German bottle selections are solid and interesting, but short; around 10 beers each as I recall (compared to dozens or hundreds from the U.S. and Belgium). Early on, the taps were heavily Belgian, which I always think is a little strange (especially where the same beer is only available in bottles in Belgium). These days there are still plenty of Belgians, but also a good variety of other stuff as well.
As for the food, it's consistently good; my only issue is that the entrees don't always live up to the appetizers. Partly, that's because the appetizers and small plates, including a rotating cheese selection, tasty non-fried chicken wings, and some very nice Mexican specialties, are so consistently good. If you're not in the mood for mussels, the entree selections are less exciting, though still quite tasty.
Overall, a must visit for the local beer geek, especially if you live on the R5.
11-21-2007 15:21:36 | More by chapka
Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA
98 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.