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TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery

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TJ's Restaurant & DrinkeryTJ's Restaurant & Drinkery
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TJ's Restaurant & DrinkeryTJ's Restaurant & Drinkery

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

35 Paoli Plz
Paoli, Pennsylvania, 19301-1303
United States

(610) 725-0100 | map

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Added by ggaughan on 05-22-2006

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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

This was my third and last stop of the day as I would transition off of SEPTA's R5 line and back onto Amtrak to return to Lancaster when I finished. In retrospect, I have no idea why it had taken me so long to get here. I had spoken to one of the co-owners, Jeff, at many fests previously and they have a sign on the rear of the building near the roof that is visible from the train. I must have been an idiot. Sure, because I'm not now, right? Ha!

Theirs was a wide storefront in the west end of the Paoli Stores Plaza, accessed on foot to the west of the train station from the eastbound platform and up the steps and over the bridge from the westbound platform. Do NOT cross the tracks! Even I am not THAT stupid. Also, be very cognizant of the southbound traffic when crossing the road from the train station into the plaza. Oncoming northbound traffic is easy to watch, but the southies have to crest the bridge and are not visible until they have done so. I AM too stupid/lazy to walk down to the light, but you should be aware of the danger inherent in such a decision.

Entering, the m.d.s. was slightly to the right, followed by the bar area with the restaurant area to the left. I think that in all of my visits, the only time I was in the restaurant was on this occasion so that I could take complete notes.

Along the front wall, on the bar side, were four (4) interconnected coolers filled with bottles for take-away, fronted by a couple of really comfy sofas. The center of the bar area was filled with high tables and chairs. The bar, which ran along the back wall, was an elongated "U" shape topped by mica-flecked dark marble or granite. The back bar was on two levels, the top with two (2) two-doored coolers divided by liquor bottles. Above each of the shelves of liquor bottles were backboards listing "Featured Drafts". The lower back bar was used mostly for glassware but there was also a three-doored cooler in the centerline. Speaking of the centerline, to the extreme left of the bar area and through a portal past the satellite jukebox were the lavs.

On the left-facing side of the house, past the m.d.s, was a waiting area with a group of leather couches and chairs. Beyond that was the restaurant area with its standard restaurant tables and chairs. The remarkable thing on that side of the building, to me, was all of the exposed brick archways which gave it a very medieval feel.

Beer: Somehow, I forgot to quantify how many taps and bottles, but they really keep their website up to date, plus they regularly Tweet about their rotating draft selection. You should do your homework, rather than taking my word for it.

Food: Gourmet Mac 'n' Cheese that is NOT to be missed. It is a staple of my diet when I visit, which is fairly frequently now that I know where it is located.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of heddar33
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of biker2679
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Always a solid, well thought out tap selection with something to please everyone. They seem to have good relationships with distributors/brewers and pull a fair number of harder to find brews. Weeknight events are fun. I wish the menu was a bit more inventive, but the specials are usually pretty decent.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of jackrodgers77
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of trapper2408
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Shnanign
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cjohns73
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Upscale place that had both a bar area and a more formal restaurant area. Obviously we were there for the draft list -- I remember something on the order of 20 lines. From the looks of it they have specials on Mondays to kick kegs from that weekend and get new stuff on. When we visited there were 5 options from Hill Farmstead, which was amazing. Apparently they will always have something on tap from HF going forward, and I will also always be there as I move to the area. Oh yeah, food. Very nice, gastropub+ type fare.

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Photo of shaemmerle
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great variety of dishes, all are executed well. Bar has a nice ambiance, as does the dining room. Best tap list west of Philadelphia. A favorite stop for my wife and I.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Fat_Maul
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

No crap on tap sign says it all. Always something new here I haven't tried. Food is bangin.

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Photo of Aaron_Jones
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Fcip78
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of blassor
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bill69
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of TipsyKitty
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Lurkerson
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of little_star
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Newbyjam
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ccapurso
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jimbomill
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

TJ's has a consistently fine beer list coupled with fine cuisine. What's not to like? Their Anniversary events are top-notch, too.

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Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Sean_King
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of pwoody11
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery in Paoli, PA
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