Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar
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4.58/5 rDev +2.2%
It's not that I thought we had a plan; we had a plan. Downtown for a beer and then start moving west towards P'ville for the IPA project stopping along the way first for lunch and then growler fills further out, but then Randy's says "I'm not coming". What do you mean you're not coming? Wants to stay in Philly and just walk around, architecture, history, culture. Says he likes this town and wants to explore, that's fine, but we have a plan!!! In the end, he'll stays behind and I'll grab him up later on the way back, I need to stick to schedule, you're in or you're in the way...
20 seat straight bar with a pair of hand pumps on the inside wall of what is 2 rooms with separate entrances, joined but divided by what they do. Hard slab cold top of swirly gray, and the barback counter the same with a row of 24 taps on center, wines tiered & staggered to one side, booze to the other, all somewhat hiding this cool pieced puzzle block stone wall behind there. 4 long rows housing an absurd amount of shelved glassware of all sizes and shapes runs above from end to end, with a triptych blackboard in the center listing tap & handpump selections.
The same pieced puzzle block stone wall to the rear with a kitchen cut through window, and pale yellow walls otherwise, decorated with better Belgian mirrors & signage throughout (Orval, DuPont, Boon, Scaldis, Maredsous), over framed wood lowers, and block stone floorings. Raised center rectangle trimmed and framed on the ceiling and baby spots bordering it, lining it all the way around, and drop amber cube lighting over the bar. 8 booths on the wall adjacent to the bar. 6 tables forward there across from some slight bar counterage before the bar area, and 3 small tables up along the front windows. Other side room holds seating for the Italian side shared venture; a separate kitchen there but they're beginning to knock down the wall between where the liquor lies.
24 taps, roughly 1/3 of them Belgian (Cantillon Classic Gueuze, Petrus Dubbel, Maredsous 10, Chimay White, Affligem Noel, La Chouffe, St. Bernardus 12, Hoegaarden, Lindemans Framboise), and the remainder save a single Germ (Weihenstephaner Korbinian) and English entry (Coniston Bluebird Bitter), are American micro (Russian River Damnation, Brooklyn Flemish Gold, Sly Fox Saison, Green Flash IPA, Rogue Yellow Snow, Victory Donnybrook Stout, Left Coast Hop Juice, BORIS Oatmeal Stout, and 5 from Troegs, being the Rugged Trail, Dream Weaver, Sunshine Pils, Mad Elf & Mad Elf '07, as they just did a Troegs event last night. I got about as far as Cantil... yes, I'll have that please. Bar manager Teddy asked me "Have you ever had a gueuze before?" which I took as a good sign as Cantillon isn't a starter sour. What's on cask? Only 1 of 2 are up, and it's the Troegs Hop Back Amber.
And a big ass beer book with (like) 260 bottles, nearly ½ of which are Belgians. Oh, you know, a dozen Cantillon, 5 each from Fantome & DuPont, De Ranke, De Dolle, De Dis, De Dat, a kickin' goddamn list. The other ½, well, many dozen US micros, A dozen and a half English (of which about half are J.W. Lee's vintages & casks), a dozen plus German, and a few dozen beers of the world including Peche Mortel, Jenlain Ambree & Blonde, Mikkeller Big Bad Worse & Beer Geek Breakfast Stout, Panil, Super Baladin '05, Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien '05, Koningshoeven Quad. Pricey, yes, but if Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien '05 means anything to you, you know you're going to pay to play. Also, a smattering of winter beers on the back of the beer book, hooray!
Could've dealt a-something off the menu, but having then listened to the lunch special phenoms; I'm so going there. Started with the Russian River Damnation reduction and preserved lemon & butter pan seared scallops with apricot chutney over wilted baby spinach. Holy crap, them scallops were born of crazy. And then the Reindeer Stew (Christmas came early and I 'et it); Mad Elf braised antelope, with winter vegetables & tart cherries, and house stump (mashed potatoes with root vegetables & bacon fat). Sturdy, warming, and do you taste that, what is that? It's spiced with like I don't know, but it's just outstanding. Yeah, I did much better here than that night in October after Kennett, when I was kind of junk and ate them cinnamon chicken wings (although to be fair, they were strangely tasty cinnamon goodness of unusual).
They do a good thing here, really nice folks. Sat at the bar trading beer war stories with bar manager Teddy. You ever been to... (yeah, a few times now). And have you had the... (oh yeah, sitting on a big bottle Reserva '00, the Speciaal Brouwsel 20, and some '02 Reservas, as well). Good fun, he knows his game, seems they all do. Chill, quiet, comfortable, pleasant atmosphere this Friday afternoon, and good tunes, I just heard an acoustic "Pulling mussels from a Shell". Food was excellent, and the beer here, well...
12-17-2008 12:31:56 | More by slander
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
4.28/5 rDev -4.5%
Theresa's could use a better sign out front, and perhaps some more decor on the walls above the booths across from the bar, but otherwise it looks and feels pretty darned good and comfortable. It's nicely done up. Well, maybe a bit loud, but you can't put carpet in over that slate floor now, can you? (When it's not busy that noise helps to make it feel comfortable).
The wait staff is on top of things and give some of the best service I've seen in a while.
The beer selection is quite good as well, with 26 taps and close to 200 bottles. And they have the proper glassware too, which is nice. You will not be disappointed!
The food, however, makes them stand out even more - at least in Wayne! It's very nicely done and appointed. And on Sundays they have 1/2 off cheeses!
05-05-2009 02:20:24 | More by NeroFiddled
4.6/5 rDev +2.7%
Had my first opportunity to visit TND yesterday, and rememeber thinking the entire time what I wouldn't give to have some place like this close to my home in Owings Mills, Md.
As you walk in the door of TND, you are greeted by a bevy of hostesses (why it was necessary to have three I'm not sure, but they were friendly enough), before walking into the tavern itself. TND is contained in a long, narrow dining room, with a long bar running down the left side. The place has a nice feel to it, with lots of dark wood over the bar area. The beer selection here was just exceptional, with what looked to be 20 or so VERY well thought out tap choices. At first I was mad at myself for screwing up the days, and missing the tapping of the Kentucky Breakfast Stout. However, I was quickly mollified by a lovely glass of Pliny the Elder, followed by a glass of Atonium Grand Cru and then an excellent glass of Siberian Night Russian Imperial Stout. The bartenders were quite friendly and knowledgeable, and were quick to mention that the Siberian Night had just been put on, when they saw my disappointment over the lack of any KBS. Bottle selection also looked to be very good. As for food, had a great serving of mussels, accompanied by a very nice duck breast salad. The frites that came with the mussels were also excellent.
The only knock I'd make on this place is that the prices seemed just a bit high. Everything was served in a 10 to 12 oz. tulip glass, with a glass of the Pliny going for around $7.50 as I recall. However, quality overall was very, very high here, and I would happily visit this place again and again, were it only a bit closer.
A very solid place.
7/14/09. Edit. A year later and this time I didn't miss the KBS event at TND in 5/09. TND put on a special brunch menu for the event that was spectacular. I ended up getting the Foie Gras brioche, and seeing as how it was half price for cheese on Sunday, a cheese plate as well. I ended up getting 3 glasses of KBS, as well as a glass of Backwards Bastard. Probably too much of a good thing, but they were serving 10 ounces glasses of KBS for I believe around $6 a pop. Considering what I've paid in the past for this beer on draft, I thought that a veritable deal.
This place just seems to get better and better. Highly recommended.
09-23-2007 13:42:04 | More by John_M
4.75/5 rDev +6%
This has become our favorite place over the 3 months we have been going there. Of the many great beer bars in the suburban Phila. area, this one stands out for us. 24 regular taps, 2 casks with enough activity that there are 6 or 8 new beers every week. And what a selection: Pliny the Younger and Elder, St. Bernardus 12, Allagash Curieux, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, Founder's Breakfast Stout are among the tap beers we have had here. On top of the 200 or so bottles (Port Brewing Hop 15, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Great Divide Hercules among others). The bartenders are knowledgeable and very friendly. The room is very attractive if rather noisy on weekends. Food is generally good. The mussels, Mexican appetizers and the cheese selections are outstanding. Entrees are pricey and inconsistent. Sandwiches are good except for the rolls. Highly recommended!
Update: food has steadily improved since this review. Seasonal soups have been very good, and the sandwiches have gotten better (i like the new tips 'n tails sandwich, chicken sandwich now has sliced chicken breast and stands up to the roll better)
2011 Update: Food is better and better all the time. Gyro is my current favorite.
11-06-2007 02:20:51 | More by sholland119
4.25/5 rDev -5.1%
Teresa's is a "two part" café and bar right off Route 30 in Wayne, PA. I have no desire to dine in the café, but it definitely looked nice. Moving on to the bar...
Very contemporary atmosphere, lots of wood and stone. Not an especially big place, with a long bar against one wall that seats perhaps 20-25 people, and a row of tables against the other wall. Beer aside, they have a very impressive selection of wine to choose from. But though I like the occasional glass of wine, I'm really in it for the beer. So, about 25 beers on tap, two hand pumps, and the occasional firkin, and all good stuff from all over the world, with a good rotation. On my first visit, I enjoyed a brew from the new Missourian brewery Urban Chestnut, as well as a Kulmbacher brew (Germany). Even more selections in bottles, again including domestics and international brews.
Interesting food menu, including some comfort foods, some game items, and several unique twists on old ideas. Also included was a make-your-own meat and cheese plate (the wife's favorite); go on Sunday for this...it's half price cheese day! Food order got to us very quick. The place is well staffed, and for the most part, our bartenders are attentive and helpful. Prices were a little bit on the expensive side, but not too too bad, and again, the half price cheese was a wallet saver.
Definitely a multiple visit venue. And actually the more I visit, the more I seem to find that the selection of beers they get on tap are pound for pound probably the rarest of any place I frequent. Not all rare items, but the most rare items on any given day. Recommended.
06-20-2011 00:50:48 | More by Rifugium
4.45/5 rDev -0.7%
Having been here numerous times over the last year I feel it is high time for a review. Making friends with some local BA's (and this is one of their favorite places) TND has become a go to place for us when in the area.
A nice interior with lots of wood and a gorgeous long bar with an impressive bar back. Rows of booth seating opposite the bar and tables out near the front door.
We have always received good service while here, doesn;t hurt when you go with regulars!
Food is a cut above. The menu is fun and innovative with many interesting offerings. The French toast foie gras while $12 is absolutely sinful! A big plus...1/2 cheese Sundays! Make sure you check your bill though before paying as the staff often forgets this "little" perk. They always have an impressive list of gourmet cheeses to try.
We often come here for special beer events so the tap list is always stellar. I know the bottle selection is equally awesome with some unusual and rare selections, all depends how much $$$ you want to drop! All this and 2 beer engines to boot...wow, what more could you ask for?
TND is a great restaurant and kick ass beer bar combined into one establishment. I highly recommend it if you find yourself in the area.
10-12-2009 11:15:43 | More by Deuane
4.28/5 rDev -4.5%
I have been here numerous times as was surprised that I hadn't entered a review yet. I believe that this building used to house a paint store but the restaurant Teresa's took it over and made it an upscale gastropub/beer bar.
The space is pretty narrow but deep with one side of the room being taken up by a very long bar with ample seating. Behind the bar there are several shelves of appropriate glassware. This looks really cool but they don't seem to ever use the glasses which is very frustrating. Why have them lined up and not use them with the appropriate beer? Decoration?
The other side of the room has quite a few table tops and about ten to twelves booths. The place is very clean and pristine with a few Belgian beer sign and has a sterile felling to it. It can be very loud in there especially on weekend nights and the crowd can be a little douchey but it is still a fun place to drink some great beers.
The quality of food and selection is excellent. They have a great selection of appetizers, mussels, cheese plates, sandwiches and full entree. The entree can be a bit pricey but all of the other dishes are affordable and very tasty. I've samples most of te menu and everything I have ordered has been great.
The selection of beer here is usually very good often with a nice selection of radioes. The main focus is on Belgians but they have a great selection of American, English, Scandinavian and Asia beers. They have around sixteen beers on tap and a very large bottle list of beers from around the world. The rarer beers can get pricey but they sell bottles to go and have a decent happy hour.
Overall, the selection and food are very good and the service is decent but the clientele can be a bit overbearing and obnoxious. Other than that, it's a great place to sample some great beers and eat some very good food.
03-08-2010 03:01:23 | More by corby112
4.54/5 rDev +1.3%
Went here about two weeks ago. Just getting around to writing the review
The next door bar is pretty narrow but deep with one side being almost completely taken up by a very long bar with plenty of seating. Behind the bar there are a bunch of shelves full of glassware and a few chalk boards with the draft list on them. Opposite the bar is a bunch of booths to handle the overflow from the bar. The service was good but we had to wait for a while to get a refill when they were standing not even five feet away.
The quality and selection of food is excellent. They have a great selection of appetizers, seafood, cheese plates, sandwiches, burgers and a few full entree's. I had a burger with gruyère cheese and Prosciutto. It was awesome but it comes with greens rather than fries so be prepared to pay extra if you want them.
The selection of beer was very good. I had a RR Pliny the Elder, Cantillon Saint Lamvinus, and a cask Allagash Black on the hand pump. All were served in the appropriate glasses and they were all awesome. There was still a few more I really wanted to try but I just didn't have the time. They also have a very large bottle list of beers from around the world. The rarer beers are pricey but they are worth every penny. Next time I will get one for sure.
Overall, a great bar with good food and even better beer. I will return for sure.
08-02-2010 22:00:20 | More by orangesol
4.56/5 rDev +1.8%
Teresa's Next Door
I visited Teresa's Next Door with my brother for the Ballast Point Brunch.
I am surprised it took me this long to visit this place.
The atmosphere is very casual and relaxed yet slightly upscale and modern. I really like the layout which seems big for being a small bar. The stone face on the back wall by the kitchen gives the appearance that you are enjoying ale in a very cool cave. The floors are tiled in earthen colors and ther booths are raised . The table we sat at was in front of the window looking on to the street and was a honey shade of wood. Looking over my left shoulder I noticed a handmade hop devil made of metal with great detail. There are cool signs decorating the walls as you enter you notice Saison Foret and other Belgians like Delerium Tremens and then Maredsous and Saison Dupont. The bar is long and has hanging accent lighting ensconced in amber. The clear view of the taps from the bar is nice and the bathroom was 'manly' as my brother noted with more earth toned tile and a slate gray toilet/ sink. The sink was unique since it has a flat receptacle instead of a bowl like others
The quality is remarkable at Teresa's Next Door since the food was very fresh and well portioned. I enjoyed a steak and egg sandwich which had very juicy melon, pineapple and strawberry on the side. The beer was served in the appropriate glassware and was of the highest quality - I enjoyed the appearance of Duvel green my brother order so much I had to take a picture on my blackberry.
The Selection was very impressive to me. I really came for the 10 Ballast Point tap offerings included in the brunch, but so many other great choices including Duvel green draft made up the 25 that it was a great list. The beer book at the table next to a large wine menu was laid out well with breakdown of countries and styles clearly indicated. The fact they had 3 French beers alone was an indication but the American Craft and Belgian choices were plentiful some unique offerings were Angel's Share by Lost Abbey and Port 3rd Anniversary but the list is almost too much if that is possible - it may take a while to find something only because there is so much craft beer to choose from.
Food - I was hungry from skipping breakfast and I was not disappointed when I received my order of a steak and egg sandwich which included sharp cheddar cheese on a crusty Italian roll. The order was augmented by fruit salad -pineapple, cantaloupe and strawberries and a mix of fingerling potatoes and fried onions. The portion was just right and the food was served hot, we did not wait too long for our order at all.
The service was better than average, from the greeting at the door to the explanation of both food and draft choices. The friendly service was efficient and prompt which was appreciated. I couldn't really ask for more as the staff left me with a feeling that I was a valued guest.
Overall value at T N D is high since I rarely get a chance to see such attention to detail from the menu which had a good variety of choices and specials to the wide variety of beer options and such a level of service and professionalism. I can't wait to return to Teresa's the only issue would be allotting the cash to accommodate the visit.
07-01-2009 23:58:36 | More by Slatetank
Teresa's Cafe & Next Door Bar in Wayne, PA
98 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.