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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4910 Waterloo Rd
phone: (410) 461-4748
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
T-Bonz now has 40 taps almost all of them craft. The place is definitely a dive but does have a full menu including decent entrees. The owner (or manager) is clearly passionate about beer; unfortunately very few of his patrons are... taps turn over very slowly. Live music brings out the young macro drinkers in mass quantity drinkers. Second best draft selection in the Baltimore suburbs. They could also use better glassware for the 10 oz pours (they have those ubiquitous heavy thick goblets I despise).
07-11-2011 21:13:31 |
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Love this place! They typically have a diverse beer selection and they offer samplers. If I remember correctly you get 4 4 oz glasses for $5. Very casual place with friendly staff. Never had a bad meal. Usually get a sandwich or wrap and sweet potato fries which are great! Writing this review makes me want to go again. The only negative thing that I can say is that they only have about 10 taps which is low compared to Victoria or Frisco but they are adding more soon. My favorite place for beer in the Columbia area.
05-21-2011 20:36:09 |
More by kaseylanelle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
Relatively new to the qaulity beer scene in the Baltimore area, TB has been uping it's game of late (they recently had a Christmas in July event, and next Friday will be their first firkin Friday - not exactly unique ideas, but still what sounds like a big step in the right direction), and so I thought it high time to finally stop by.
TB is in something of an odd location; just off of hiway 103 in the back of a strip mall. It's the sort of place you pretty much have to be looking for, as it's not the kind of place you're likely to just happen upon.
From the outside TB looks pretty small, but in fact the large dining area goes back pretty far and is good size. I think there were something like 6 booths and maybe another 15 or 20 tables in the dining room, with a good size bar area in the back (close to 20 seats at the bar it appeared). Although TB portrays itself as a steakhouse, I thought it had more the look of sports bar/beer bar, with mulitiple flat screen TV's, various knicknacks on the walls, and decorative tap handles attached to the ceiling. The place has a fairly informal vibe, and overall seemed to be a comfortable place to hang and have a beer or three.
As for the beer selection, I thought it was pretty good. They had Yuengling, a couple of macros and a contract brewed pale ale (the 33rd street pale ale), but then they also had 11 or 12 imports and craft beers. These included the 2009 anchor x-mas, Weyerbacher Merry Monks, Affligem noel and the Troegs Flying Mouflan, among other things. They also have a cold box with some bottled beers, but it didn't appear to hold anything very interesting. Looked like some corona, heineken, and your usual macro swill. Something I found a bit odd was that they were out of a couple of the beers listed, and so a couple of tap handles weren't going. The server noted that Friday night was fairly busy, and so a couple of kegs had blown, but that she had to wait for her manager to change them. This was around 4:30 on a Saturday afernoon.
Service was pretty good. TB was not very crowded, and the bartender came by pretty regularly to see if I needed anything. She was polite and friendly, and I never had to wait more than a few seconds for a beer refill.
As for food, the only thing I ordered was a large ceaser salad. I really hope it's not an indication of what the kitchen puts out. While it wasn't terrible, and while the romaine lettuce was fresh, the parmesan was the powder variety, and the croutons were cheap cubes. The salad dressing was likewise nothing special, and frankly tasted like some cheap bottle variety. I've had worse, but to say the salad was nothing special would be an understatement.
Pricing, I thought, was about what you'd expect for this part of Ellicott City (very close to ultra expensive Columbia). Pints were in the $6 or $7 range, with the higher alcohol beers (including the anchor x-mas) coming in 10 ounce chalices. I didn't see what the pricing was for the yuengling and 33rd street pale, but I would assume it was considerably less. You can also buy a sampler set of 4 beers for $5.25, which I thought a pretty good deal. I think the sample glasses held around 3 or 4 ounces of beer, and you could get a sample of anything on the menu (regardless of alcohol or price).
This is a solid place, no doubt, and if it were closer to where I live I'd stop by from time to time. However, it's not, so I probably won't.
7/11/11 edit. The selection is now up to 40 beers on draft, and the quality is very good. On the Sunday I visited they had a nice selection of belgians, IPA's, stouts, etc. There were even a couple of pils on tap. As for the service, I'm just shaking my head. The women working here are absolutely clueless (ordered a ruination, which I had to point out on the menu - "Oh, you mean the stone. We have so many beers now, I can't be expected to know them all"), and it's anyone's guess what glass your beer will be served in. My St. Bernardus came in a pint glass, while my ruinantion came in a 10 ounce goblet. Prices are so bad (high), it's embarrassing. My 10 ounce goblet was $8, while most Belgians were in the $9 range (and they are not typically served in a pint glass). Also, when I inquired about my bill (it seemed higher than it should be), I was told there was a $5 cover this day. When I remarked that I hadn't seen any sign at the door about a cover, I was told there probably was one, but that they had been promoting the Sunday event for weeks, so everyone knew there was a cover (just not me I guess). In any event, I've adjusted my review scores accordingly.
08-08-2010 13:29:52 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Briefly: a good grub joint (the ribs are fantastic!) with reasonably priced, quality food that also happens to have an out-of-place awesome beer selection.
About 8 craft taps, maybe 12 total with the BMC's, and they offer the stuff everyone wants. Clipper City's brand new winter tripel Yule Tide was on.
When appropriate there are seasonal offerings, they had a fall beer selection of taps and bottles a few weeks ago that gave way to some great winter beers.
I had NO idea this was a beer bar until stopping in for the food one day. Fairly spacious bar, dining area. Service is just a bit spotty, seems understaffed at times but nothing serious. Music acts and all that from time to time but very much a family dining kind of place where you can still enjoy great beer at the bar to the back of the restaurant.
They're definitely beer geeks here though, they don't have the 15-20 tap offerings like Frisco Grille, Victoria Gastro Pub or The Judges Bench, but they provide legitimate quality craft offerings on their fewer taps as well as underrated beer fridge.
There's an event sometime in January involving pancakes and breakfast themed beers, sounds cool, again, clearly a beer geek is running the show to even realize there are breakfast theme beers.
So yeh, check them out, nice change of pace from the main trio of Howard County beer bars, no frills atmosphere w/geeky beers to go with.
12-04-2009 08:39:51 |
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T*Bonz Grille And Pub in Ellicott City, MD