TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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3.5/5 rDev -21.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
TJ's.... food is really heavy, Mac and Cheese heavy, tasty, but heavy. "Good" selection of beer, and the atmosphere is chill but no one goes there for some reason. everytime my pals and i go there it just never becomes a "fun" night. we leave early and I wish it wasnt like that..
09-13-2013 03:49:26 | More by beerded_drunk
3.95/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A little pedestrian in the atmosphere department - the dining room looked fairly sterile and the bar is darkly lit and seems kind of seedy (though it is in fact quite clean - it just looks like it should be a seedy bar). The service was friendly but inattentive and lackadaisical, though it was my only visit so maybe I hit a bad day. The food was pretty good - simple and clean - but the real attraction is the beer. Amazing selection on tap (has a Sprecher Oktoberfest and a Weyerbacher Autumn with lunch the other day) and what appears to be an amazing bottle list. Not a place to go a long way out of your way for, but if you're nearby, this is a definite stop to make.
10-06-2008 14:46:27 | More by Seanibus
4/5 rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
TJ's is located near the Paoli train station in a plaza that contains a post office and some kind of natural pet store. When I went, they were renovating the outside and that means they didn't have any sign up yet. My GPS said I was here, but I doubted it. Then I saw the Sierra Nevada fluorescent sign and the small TJ's poster in the window. How could I miss that? When you walk in, the dinning room is on the left and the bar area on the right. I didn't get a good look at the dinning room, but I'm sure it was nicely decorated and a good size. The bar area was on the small side with a small wooden bar, high tables around it, a golf arcade game, 4 beer refrigerators by the door, and a lounge area with a couch and a few of those comforter chairs around it. I liked the idea of the cafe feel with the couch and chairs, but the rest of the bar looked and felt about average.
The first waitress I had that night was a bit on the slow side. It took about 10 minutes for the waitress to notice me. When I ordered the beer, it came right out, but it took another 10 or so minutes to recieve a food menu. I received that food menu when another waitress came by and asked if I was being served. I think I said "not really" and so she became my new waitress. I never did see the other one again and according to watch, it wasn't near the beginning or near half way through the hour. It doesn't matter because I like the new one better. They actually gave me a food menu and when I ordered food and another beer, it came right out. No problems with the new one! I guess I can say that the new waitress saved the day on the service side.
I wasn't too hungry at the time, so I ordered a simple ceasar salad. The croutons were crunchy and the ceasar dressing was on the tangy side. Pretty good salad. That's too bad I wasn't hungry because their menu said that 90% of their food has something to do with beer. That means they had steak and chicken braised in Pale Ale and Stout cake. You know, a reastaurant where a majority of the food is actually cooked with beer. Marvelous and original idea!
Their beer menu consists of about 20 micro drafts and 2 casks. When I was there, the casks were Troegs Pale Ale and Lindeman's Framboise. The micro drafts consisted of Lagunitas, Penn Marzen, Green Flash, Sly Fox Rauchbier, Sprecher Pub Ale, Stoudt's, Bear Republic, and many more micros of that quality. I don't know the official number of bottles they had, but there were plenty of them in those 4 beer refrigerators by the door. From what I saw, they had Middle Ages Wailing Wench, Dark Horizon, Bell's, Troegs, and quite a few others like those that I don't remember right now. The prices for the drafts were average and the prices for the bottles were more than likely over priced, but hey that's PA for you! There's no way of getting around that for now.
Overall, it's a great PA micro beer bar! I know I will be back. Not only for their great micro draft and bottled selection, but because I would like to try some of their beer based food. If you like your micro beer and you want to order some food made with beer, then you'll want to stop here!
06-22-2008 17:48:49 | More by AltBock
4/5 rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Awesome place! Visited 7/20/11 with fjl77.
This was my second time here: they have great selection and friendly service. We had two hearted l, nogne-o #500, $3 bp tongue bucklers, cw illuminations and bp navigators to name a few. I love the digital draft list that automatically updates during happy hour for keg kicker specials. Awesome idea and helps with freshness which has never been an issue. I Had the fried peanut butter and jelly which was absolutely rediculous but I just had to try. it's only 15 minutes away so I'll be back many times.
07-21-2011 23:06:37 | More by SpillyBeers
4.03/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped at the establishment early on a Sunday afternoon after dropping my son off at college in Philadelphia. We were promptly seated apon arrival, but before I even sat down I was asked for my drink order. I told the waitress to come back in several minutes so that I could have time to make my selection. The borrled beer list was massive and the tap list was also great. I made my selection which was served with a short delay. The food was excellent and served in an appropriate time frame. My second draft selection was very slow in arriving. To my wife it appeared that our waitress was also the bartender?? It seemed that they were very understaffed and that our waitress was doing the best she could. All thing considered it was an enjoyable visit.
11-25-2007 23:13:59 | More by tgbljb
4.04/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.08/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A post-work visit on a Tuesday evening during Bingo night.
Atmosphere: The bar is cozy, accomodating 5 plus tables, some couches and Golden Tee. Lots of coolers for carryout back up the couches. A dining area sat to the right of the entrance.
Quality: Great beer list. Our waiter was understanding in dealing with my non-BA colleagues.
Service: We had three rounds and the waiter was generally attentive. I did notice that he disappeared just as we were looking for the check.
Selection: Great tap list and wide array of bottles that are listed in a three ringed binger. The Rose de Gambrinus on tap was a real winner and the Peche Mortel from a bottle was far more coffee bitter than I recall. With their taplist continually updated online, they've got a lot in the pipeline.
Food: On a return trip I have the hop devil chicken sandwich. The fries that accompanied the sandwich were quite good but could have used mayonnaise to complete the Belgian effect. Sandwich was good though.
06-20-2008 01:37:02 | More by akorsak
4.13/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
TJ's is an oasis of beer! It's a cute little place in a strip mall with a pretty nice looking modern interior. It's got a kind of 'cream walls with black and brown accents' thing going on, and there's a 'lounge' area on the bar side with a sofa and two leather chairs. The bar it self is a good size, and the chairs are comfortable. The one drawback is that the tile floor and exposed ceiling allow the noise to bounce back and forth leaving it a little loud - well, actually LOUD when it's busy. There's also a bit of a sports bar thing going on, but it's not completely full blown. There are poker tables, video games, and 4 big flat-screen TV's.
Onwards to the beer and food, lets get the beer out of the way. "200 Beers ~ 25 Drafts" as advertised on their menu. I was impressed. It's not often I can walk into a bar and find a beer I've never tasted, but they had a few. And the servers knew what they were talking about. That's a big bonus in my book!
Food. Overall very good. Better than you might expect. And, pretty varied. They even use beer in preparing some of their items like "English Ale Cheddar Bisque" for $4.50, "Hoegaarden Clams" for $8.50, and "Anchor Steam Crab Cakes" for $19.75. Other items are just interesting. "Blood Orange Coconut Curry Clams", for example, and a cajun-alfredo and chicken pasta dish. Vegetarian items are present as well, but I didn't notice anything vegan. I've taken my family for lunch a few times, and although it's a bit more expensive than some places, I appreciate the quality and feel it's worth it.
03-08-2009 02:03:29 | More by NeroFiddled
4.18/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
After hearing so many good thing's about their beloved mac-n-cheese.We finally said ok let's check this out and they did not disappoint.
As you walk in you are greeted by the hostess desk in which you could be seated in the dining area to your left in a nice size room or the bar area which was abit more open and what we were in the mood for. Bar to your immediate left with massive flat screens playing womens softball? Very unique looking beer lists as my wife and I wondered how they did that.EEK gads can someone open the shades it is like a dungeon in here!
Service was good as our waitress/barkeep was being very patient with us as someone in our party was more interested in chatting rather than decide what they wanted. Finally I just ordered for him.
On to the good stuff. The beer selection is solid, Some good stuff on tap and a nice takeout selection with some singles to try in the cooler on the way out the door.
The only negative thing were the prices.A bit expensive for just about everything on the menu for what you got. Example would be $10 for chicken mac-n-cheese when you could make an entire pot full of it for this price and feed the entire neighborhood.Other than that this place is great.
05-22-2011 15:38:16 | More by TheFightfan1
4.2/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
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TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery in Paoli, PA
98 out of 100 based on 75 user ratings.