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TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
35 Paoli Plz
phone: (610) 725-0100
(Place added by: ggaughan on 05-22-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A great beer bar with terrific selection, really good food and wonderful people.
I'll start with the beer. There are 24 taps, 10 of which are pretty steady enders (Leffe Blond and Brown, Victory Hop devil, Lindemans, Hoegaarden), leaving 14 taps to rotate some great beer through. This was the first place I saw Bear Republic on tap when it came to PA a couple of months back. Lots of Avery, Southern Tier and other great microbrews. Best of all, the website list of what's on tap is accurate almost literally up to the minute. And you can see what's coming next (at this moment I am eagerly anticipating the Hop Rod Rye and Weyerbacher Heresy). Add 4 coolers with great to go selections and you could not ask for more.
The service is just as good, maybe better. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly. They remembered our names the second time in, and what styles each of us prefers by the third time. Jeff, one of the owners, is a very nice outgoing guy as well. They make you feel right at home.
Food is very good also. We typically go for the burgers, sandwiches and paninis, all highly recommended. Beer is an ingredient in almost all dishes.
02-08-2008 18:05:20 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I try to get to TJ's once a month or so. I am lucky that it is right around the corner from my work. Unfortunately that is not close to home so I usually just stop in after work for a beer or two.
They always have a great tap selection to choose from. Plus you can take a look at their website before you head over to scope out what you may want to drink. The website is updated almost immediately after a keg is kicked and a new one is put on. The beers are always very fresh and anything that is served as a pint is served in a real pint glass. The bottle selection is also very stellar. Whenever anything new makes it into the market Tj's seems to have it.
I've only tried food once or twice when and when I have it has been very good. There is something on the menu if you are just looking for a bite or to have dinner. Plus much of it is cooked with beer as well.
As for the atmosphere.... They do tend to cater to the people who love sports if you are going to stay in the bar. You can see a tv from every angle when you are in the bar. When times you walk in during a early to late afternoon and it is very quiet in there though. If you feel like playing Bingo, Quizzo, or Texas hold em, there is a night for each.
The bar area does tend to get smokey if anyone at all is smoking. If this bothers you, you can always sit in the dining room and not have to worry about it. Plus coming up in March they are going to try out a few non-smoking nights so go out and show your support if you want to see them go non smoking.
This is really a great place to eat or drink and I wish it was much closer to my house as I would spend much more time here.
02-07-2008 15:51:01 |
More by davide169
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The selection of taps was great. Over the course of the evening I had Sly Fox Odyssey (free - keg kicked after 2/3 of a glass), Avery Hog Heaven, Smuttynose Impy Stout, Southern Tier Gemini, and a Victory Hop Devil. Bigger beers were served in a snifter. the prices seemed pretty reasonable. Some reviews complained about smoking, but it didn't seem to bad. Seemed pretty quiet, though, for a Saturday. Lots of big tvs most of which were turned to the football game. Didn't try the food. It wasn't bothering me, but the air vent was right over our table. Odd to be pumping out cold air in January, the weather was warmer than usual, but it wasn't warm out.
The service though was not so great. Our server seemed to sometimes disappear for a while. Brought the wrong beer once. And just generally seemed to not care much about being helpful.
Editted to add: one definite positive. After posting this review, I got a beermail from them apologizing for the service. They said it was trouble with one specific server and they were trying to figure out what to do. That they cared enough about some random review on BA is a plus IMO.
01-14-2008 02:14:08 |
More by urwatuh8
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
What can I say, this is my local pub, I can get here within an easy 5 min walk from my apartment in Paoli, the 200+ beers in bottles and 25 taps has just about every other place in the burbs beat for selection.
The food is also a big drawing point for myself and my roommate who is not a drinker. The Saison Dupont Chicken is awesome, and the got roast beef sandwich on a LeBus bakery roll is to die for, also the stout brownies are very good and choclatey. They also change up the menu quite a bit and sometimes have cool specials like the massive bison meatloaf dinner a few months back.
Yes it gets smoky at times but that does not bother me. I really have nothing else to say but that it is one of my favorite places in the area, the employees are friendly and they know your name after you have been in a few times, even if I can't. (I am really bad with names.)
After having spent the better part of 4 years with this as my local pub, it doesn't get any better.
12-31-2007 02:42:24 |
More by BeerDetective
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere was typical for a PA establishment ...SMOKEY :(
Quality ...see selection
Service was great for my first time there. Attentive everyone was.
Selection was A-W-E-S-O-M-E...but I picked "Here come the Belgians" night when I went. And they were there. And it was GOOD.
Food was priced fairly and portions on the big side, Quality was great
Value ...enough so that I want to go back on just any old night to see how a second trip there would turn out.
Jeff the owner showed us (a merry bunch of other BA's) a wonderful time. I don't expect that next time. But the excellent service before hand shows promise. And the selection...WOW !
12-09-2007 06:18:08 |
More by HombreWing
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped at the establishment early on a Sunday afternoon after dropping my son off at college in Philadelphia. We were promptly seated apon arrival, but before I even sat down I was asked for my drink order. I told the waitress to come back in several minutes so that I could have time to make my selection. The borrled beer list was massive and the tap list was also great. I made my selection which was served with a short delay. The food was excellent and served in an appropriate time frame. My second draft selection was very slow in arriving. To my wife it appeared that our waitress was also the bartender?? It seemed that they were very understaffed and that our waitress was doing the best she could. All thing considered it was an enjoyable visit.
11-25-2007 23:13:59 |
More by tgbljb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This seems like a bit of a strange location for a great beer bar but; whatever works right. The Bar is located just off the Main Line in Paoli. Two turns up the bridge then down an ally you are at a strip mall building at the end, is TJ's Everyday. It is worth finding. The day I visited they had about 10 craft beers on tap several Flying Fish do to a Promo Night they had, two days before. The bottle selection is solid with 200 bottles. The majority are things I have seen before but still some rather highly sought after beers. The best thing at TJ's was the menus. I have never seen anything like it. The food menu had a beer pairing suggestion with every single dish. Many of the food dishes are even prepared with beer. The beer menu featured 200 bottles very well organized in laminated binders that you could look up all the beers by country or by style. Brilliant! The take out coolers are well stocked with some beer I would want but are really a bit over priced. It is worth a stop if you are in the area.
Hope this is helpful.
07-09-2007 21:05:37 |
More by Phatz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Had occasion to visit this place for the first time yesterday. I came up from Baltimore and until I hit hiway 202 in Wilmington, thought I was making good time. What I thought would be a 90 minute drive quickly (or should I say slowly) turned into a two hour drive (God only knows what the traffic is like during work days).
One of the truly fascinating things about Pennsylvania, IMO, is all these small, suburbia towns out in the country, that for no rhyme or reason (at least that I can figure out) will have some gem like TJ's tucked away some place.
The location for TJ's is nothing short of bizarre and I wonder how the owner makes a go of it (except that this place is excellent, the kind of place anyone would go back to). It's off of what passes for the main drag in Paoli (hiway 30), in a strip mall on a back side street. Naturally, I missed the turn off the first time I passed by, but was quickly able to get turned around and get my bearings.
There's nothing wrong with the atmosphere of TJ's, but by the same token this is not exactly the place's strong suit. To my mind there's kind of an institutional, plasticy/formica feel to the place, though the bar area is nice enough.
As for the beer selection, it's excellent and well thought out. I think they have around 20 tap handles here, including 2 on cask. They have a very interesting mix of micros and imports, including several Belgiums I had not seen before. There is also a beer book, which provides information about beer styles and lists the roughly 200 beers by the bottle available here. A very nice idea, and one that shows (IMO) just how passionate the owner (Jeff) is about good beer.
The service here was nothing short of outstanding. OK, granted, it was a late Saturday afternoon and there weren't a lot of folks there, but the bar tender was very friendly and engaging, and the owner came out and chatted for a while as well. Everyone was uniformly friendly and helpful. Full marks for sevice at this place.
The food here was also very good. At the recommendation of the bartender and another customer, I went ahead and got the beef tips smothered in a brown guinness infused sauce/gravy. It was quite good, though I'm not sure I was quite as enamored with it as the other customer at the bar.
If there is any negative to this place (and really, there isn't), it's that the prices here struck me as just a bit high. My small tapas plate of beef tips was around $8.50 I think, and beer prices were between $4.25 and $5 for a 12 oz. glass. The slacker bock I got was around $5 a glass, and the Rogue I2PA was I think $4.75 in a brandy snifter glass. Still, no complaints, I'd definitely come here again if I was in the area. The food and beer are quite good, and I appreciate the fact that the owner is obviously very into good beer.
This is a very solid place.
Update from 3/22/09. Have visited TJsEveryday (now just TJ's) more then a few time now, and IMHO, the place just seems to get better and better. Smoking is no longer allowed anywhere in the bar area now (thanks to recent change in Pa. law), which has dramatically improved the atmosphere and vibe of this excellent beer bar. As for quality, TJsEveryday is among the very best. The other day the beer list included Pliny the Younger, Consecration, KBS, Double Trouble, Nugger Nectar (cask), and Dupont foret and Duvel Green , all on tap. Sure, it was a special event, but the fact that TJs can get a hold of beers like this, and has an interest in doing so.... it just doesn't get much better then this.
06-10-2007 16:42:53 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I went to TJ's Everyday for the first time recently. I don't really live close to here, nor do my Mom and Stepdad anymore, but I went to high school around here so I know the area. I heard good things from BA NolanGTI and Lew Bryson about TJ's, and was pleased overall with the experience.
They had about 7 taps of local/regional craft accounts but only six were being used. They had Oskar Blues Gordon, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA, Legacy Reading Pilsner, Southern Tier Jah-va Stout plus two more which have escaped my mind. I was pleased to see they had a beer guide book featuring bottles and styles. I drank two bottles of Green Flash so I was quite happy. I didn't eat the food but the menu looked good. The food choices were newish and trendy. Nice!
It was pretty quiet in here but it was a Tuesday night. There was bingo tonight, and the guy's voice calling the numbers seemed to get louder and louder but he took breaks between rounds so it wasn't too annoying. Other than that, they had a few TV's with games on them and an internet jukebox. The look of TJ's Everyday's bar was nice, but it appeared to lack a personality and was just a bit too shiny and bright for me. The place featured exposed brick, a couch/coffee table setup, dark wood tables and chairs, and mock stone tiles on the floor.
Visited TJ's everyday a second time with a friend last night and ate dinner. First of all, the selection score goes up for the sheer reason that they had a Founders beer on tap--the dry-hopped pale ale, Nice!! First time I ever had a Founders on draft so this was a big deal. Also they had Bells Oberon for those of you who like that beer.
For dinner, I had the chipotle/framboise grilled chicken dinner. It was two chix breasts, super-tasty mashed potatoes and perfectly cooked carrots cut into strips. What tied it all together however was the wonderful sauce, which was a little robust/spicy like chipotle, but tart sweetness from the framboise made the combination of tastes almost orgasm-worthy. I told the bartender that it was the most exciting meal I'd ever eaten at a beer bar, literally! Thats why the food score goes up to a 5. Cheers!
Been to TJ's many times since my last update, and Jeff [and T] have worked hard to make improvements...changing their glassware, training staff, and the best part...kicking out all the taps of macro crap therefore seriously increasing their craft selection! In the fall, they went seasonal, with an impressive offering of pumpkin ales and Octoberfests. Plus, TJ's hosted a great event, 'The Belgians are coming!" offering belgian beers on tap I've never heard of before, others I'd seen but never tasted. Kudos, you deserve a 5 rating for selection and superb service, fine work!!!
04-25-2007 21:19:39 |
More by roan22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
TJ's is a fun corner bar that has clearly been recently updated. There is a nice dining room to the left, a game room in the back and a sports bar to the right. The bar is where I spend the majority of my time. The taps don't rotate all that often but they do feature some locals and have a pretty solid bottle list. More of a Bud crowd than anything, but the bottle selection is really solid and there are usually a few people here and there drinking better brew. They have a great laminated beer menu that is the best I have seen out there recently, with logos and descriptions of all of the brews they carry (just the sort of thing to help convert the uninitiated).
The food here is pretty solid bar food and the service is very good as well. Overall is a great place to hang out...esp for Wed night poker.
The new food menu now features beer all over the place and is a real winner. Some real great stuff on there (Arrogant Bastard Chili anyone?). They have also updated the beer list (again) and have expanded into a wider selection (200) and some more high end brews (e.g. Lost Abbey). The owner is making a true push to turn this establishment into a shining star. I have never seen an owner or staff that is so willing to take feedback and actually run with it. They now have real time updates to their tap list on the website...very cool.
10-30-2006 21:14:56 |
More by NolanGTI
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