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Two Stones Pub
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2 Chesmar Plz
phone: (302) 294-1890
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
It's hard to decide what is best about this place. The excellent, rotating, beer supply would likely be the first thing you notice. And, that would be a good choice since they do it better than any other place I've seen in Delaware. You should also note how friendly and knowledgeable the staff is toward everyone. They're always willing to talk about the beers (and what they like and don't like) about each one. Then... the food, which is just outstanding! Tuesday Taco Madness is my personal favorite, but Sunday Brunch is also a highlight. The chef is a genius. The atmosphere is low key and friendly to all, but not really a place I'd bring the family for burgers. Not that it would be a problem, but it's a bar's bar. Frankly, there's nothing NOT to love about this place. I'd like to build one in my backyard.
05-10-2013 20:22:47 |
More by FlyingKelly
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is a nice bar that is centered on their great beer selections. The staff knows their beer, are very friendly, and always have made good selections when I have asked. They are also quick in giving out samples of beers on-tap. As far as selection goes in northern Delaware, I have not found better in the area. I have enjoyed all the food that I have here and feel the quality is pretty much worth the price. The only issue with Two Stone is that they can be a little on the pricey side, but I still feel that it is worth treating your to a lunch or dinner their.
08-02-2012 18:40:00 |
More by larryi86
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Saturday for lunch. Empty when I got there, but slowly filled as we ate our food. Lots of beer signs and Buddhas around for decoration, but the place is not all that different from the former Irish pub that was there. The beer selection is great with a great cross section of national and local favorites. I know that they do a good business and the beer menu turns over quite frequently. I had two beers while there- first the cask selection, an Evolution ESB. Good temp and very nice to start at 5%. The second beer was a Victory Headwater Ale, for me one of the best lower alcohol beer out there. Hoppy and smooth, perfect for my Bleu Cheese burger with sweet potato fries. The server was good; he was there but all over us and the timing was good for both my kids food and for the adults. Great selection of food that was as different as you might want to get- burgers and fries but also tacos and interesting soups and salads. The prices were fair but not great. The cask was 7 dollars but the Headwater was around 4 if I am not mistaken. Burger was 9 bucks and I loved it. Some might balk at the prices, but I am happy to have a place that cares about good beer and good food so close to my house. Not an everyday place for us but one that will definitely but getting my business in the future.
11-12-2011 19:59:59 |
More by mobud
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place epitomizes the moniker "hole in the wall". It's in a strip mall, you walk up to the front to discover a sign to enter the "side" entrance. What you see is a bar, although there is a dining section behind. Awesome beer selection, on tap and in bottles. I had posted a note in the forum here for tips while in Newark on business, and this place got more than one vote. Decided to talk my work group into visiting on "Taco Tuesday" and we were impressed. The pork taco's (not regular menu, the Tuesday specials) and the blackened catfish tacos were far superior to our other selections (brisket and chicken). Service was above average, food was above average, beer selections was exceptional. If I get a chance to come back to Newark this will be on the list of places to visit first. HIGHLY recommend.
07-27-2011 00:23:53 |
More by schoolcb
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Dropped in Saturday after a trip across the border for some fireworks and had a hankering for a great beer and a huge dinner. I checked out the website online and the tap list was very impressive with some hard to get beers and lots of higher gravity offerings from local brewerys. The enterance is decorated with a really cool "beer elements" board and some other neat beer cases. The resteraunt itself has a lego shaped bar with rails and comfy seating. Inside the wallswere decorated with old beer cans and beer themed sighns and mirrors. The joint was packed with a younger crowd but it was very mellow. Music was not loud and tvs were easy to spot and see from any vantage point. At first glance at the chalk board I saw they had Burton Baton on tap which is a heavy hitter and a great beer. It was served in a tulip glass with an appropriate head and pour. I then ventured to the menu to see that they had a gumbo that came highly recomended by the bartender. I took her advice and was not dissapointed. The flavor was great and the serving size was just right. Nice heat but not enough to scare you off. I then had the "brewers plate" this was a great mixed grill of sausages that were unreal!! Great smoked flavor and very juicy.. came with redskin potatoes and sour kraut with stone ground mustard and I believe sharp cheddar. I washed that done with stone arrogant bastard. All in all the food is great, and priced very resonably. The diverse tap list and bottles were very impressive and should satisfy anyones palate on all ends of the spectrum.
06-30-2011 18:06:48 |
More by jmfc8237
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Nice pub like venue tucked into a strip mall as others have pointed out. Obviously a former Irish pub type place though the walls now carry nothing but beer signs and mirrors. The selection was damn good, and ran the gamut of Victory Golden Monkey and Olde Horizontal to EVO Lot 3, Brooklyn Lager, Allagash Cureiux, DFH 60 and 90, local Twin Lakes Pilsner, and about 20 or so others.
Service was pleasant-no room at the bar and I was seated at a table near the kitchen and made to feel more then welcome.
I kept it simple food wise-gumbo and a salad. Both were very large servings, the salad was even labeled as a "small" and it was quite big. Gumbo was chock full of sausage and veggies and piping hot as well.
A great experience overall. Thought some of the main entrees were a bit pricey. Happy hour had all pints a dollar off and $2 off Stone beers. Nice change from my usual haunt at Iron Hill when up north.
05-27-2011 00:55:10 |
More by lackenhauser
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited Two Stones on a Thursday night. Parking is located in the front of the strip mall, but the entrance to the bar is around on the left side of the building. Same basic lay out as the former Irish pub that was located here. Decent sized bar with tables available for dining or groups. A cool looking Buddha statue holds court on the bar. 24 taps with a cask system coming soon. No crap on tap here....all craft brews. Good amount of locals on tap including a few from Dogfish Head and some Evolution, Victory, etc. Wide variety of styles from Brooklyn Lager to Saison DuPont to 90 Minute. They also have a good selection of cans and bottles available. The service was outstanding. Very helpful staff knew their stuff when it came to the beers. Wide range of customers filled the place. It was nice to see it pretty crowded being a new place. Hopefully, the crowds will keep coming and we can keep this Delaware gem going strong. I didn't have any food during this visit, but those around me eating had nothing but good things to say about their meals, which all looked very tasty. If you're in the area and considering going to Firewaters, DON'T! Come here instead and experience a better beer bar, not one with 40 taps of macros. I will be back many times over!
05-06-2011 12:42:28 |
More by Imstillthegman
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
They call it a "Beer Temple". Their tagline is kneel before the pint. They also refer to their Chef as Stigz- but who cares about him and the food. The beer here is the focus. Everyone was eating in my group and seemed happy to do so. Food was great. But here the beer is first. The bartender was walking around with a bottle of Brooklyn Black Ops that they just popped to share with guests during their first week. The 25 taps are at 22 right now- waiting on the beer engine install and two new regulators. But they are making the most of the other twenty two! Stone Cali Belgique, Brother Thelonius, DFH Black and Red, Saison Dupont and the list goes on and on. The Stigz guy is apparently a beer bar owner from downstate with his family at the Pickled Pig Pub, and this is some new project for him to sink his teeth in to. Either way we are super glad he is here and the beer is phenomenal. Trust me, you may not kneel before a pint, but you will order more than one!
04-26-2011 23:07:04 |
More by steverackers
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nice addition to the Northern DE beer scene. As mentioned below, Same owners as Pickled Pig in Rehoboth to give you an idea of what to expect.
This is in the Brookside area of Newark, formerly known as Piece of Ireland.
20 of the 24 or so taps were going. Had a bottle list about 40 deep I'd estimate.
Atmosphere was nice, basically half bar half tables with craft beer decor throughout. Music playing was Mumford & sons while I was there. They have only one small tv in the corner. Good place for discussion.
Most if not all the draft beers were available in 16oz and 8oz pours which was nice. Most the 8oz pours ranged from 2-5 dollars. all beers were served in proper glassware with some served in the actual brewery glasses.
The tap list was offering mostly pretty local stuff. DFH, Troegs, Evolution, 16 mile, Brooklyn, Ommegang, Flying Fish, Heavy Seas, North Coast, Stone, and Great Divide to name a few.
They also have a smoker and will be serving a Smoked BBQ Brunch soon.
The staff seemed to be very knowledgeable. A guy sat down at the bar next to me and asked for a Bud on draft. The staff politely told him they only serve craft beer on draft. The guy then asked what craft beer was. The bartender gave a good explanation and gave him a sample of a pale ale and a blonde ale. The guy didn't like either, so settled for a bottle of miller lite.
Food was really good. I had a Foie Gras burger, my wife had a BLT. They offer 3 types of fries. The BLT is somewhat build your own. They offer about 5-6 different cheeses and maybe 10 spreads to choose from to customize your sandwich.
With such great beer bars in SEPA, it's tough for N. Delaware to compete, but I think this place will be as close as you're gonna get. Definitely see myself frequenting this establishment.
04-23-2011 18:20:22 |
More by pwoody11
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Two Stones' Grand Opening was Wednesday, April 20.
21 of the 24 taps were working tonight. About 50 bottles were also offered. The cask should be on location next week, we were told.
The place was busy at 7:00 pm and when we left at 9 pm, people were still coming in. They offered 4 special entrees tonight and quite a few people around us were ordering the crab cake plate. We were a party of two and sat at the bar.
The owner has an interest in Pig + Fish and the Pickled Pig restaurants in Rehoboth Beach, DE. He is the sole chef and owner here and purchased a smoker to feature slow cooked briskets and pulled pork items.
We ordered 5 items from the bar menu.
"Dirty Kettle Chips" were thickly sliced, crispy potato chips with a melted bleu cheese sauce and bacon bits. The sauce could have been a little hotter, temperature-wise.
"Buddha's Delight" was a combo of romaine/iceberg lettuce, cabbage, thin strips of crispy wontons, and peanut sauce. I ordered it without additional protein, and it came lightly dressed. If you like goopy dressing on your salad, don't order this. If you like to taste each of the salad components, then I recommend it.
Next my husband ordered the gumbo. He said it was a little too spicy and could have used some more rice. The accompanying thick slice of crusty bread was very moist on the inside and great for sopping out the last of the gumbo from the side of the bowl.
Next, we shared 2 Smoked Brisket Tacos: 2 small soft flour tortillas were filled with generous portions of smoked brisket (from the on-premises smoker, I presume), pickled red onions (also made on premises), and cheddar cheese. They were delicious. Highly recommended.
Finally, we shared a barley raisin bread pudding (they called it cake) with a beer reduction sauce. Our server told us which beer was used for the sauce, but I didn't write it down. The pudding was approximately 4 inches in diameter and came with a generous scoop of toffee ice cream and a large dollop of whipped cream. Delicious. I don't know whether it will be a regular feature. If it is offered, you must try it.
As for the beer, all the drafts were offered in 16 oz or 8 oz sizes. And for the most part, the 8 oz portions were 1/2 the price of the pint. I don't see that very often, so we took advantage of it to try 6 beers in one evening!
My overall observation is that the beer chillers are turned up too high. All the beers we tried benefited from sitting for 10 minutes (or longer) to warm up. I am not reviewing these in the order that we had them. Just, as I think of them.
Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Double IPA at 10% ABV was the strongest we tasted tonight. A beautiful copper color with a slight head. Bitey on the tongue from the hops, of course.
DuPont Saison: classic Belgian ale. Poured with a nice head. I let it sit about 15 minutes before drinking, so I could smell and taste all the herbal nuances from the yeast.
Twin Lakes Greenville (a Delaware beer): My husband had this one. Said it was good for a light pale ale.
Evolution Sprung (Delaware beer): This is their spring seasonal and only 4.9% ABV. Husband said it was very nice; he didn't save any for me!
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter: Served too cold and too hoppy/thin. It needed more depth, we thought.
Old Dominion Oak Barrel (Delaware Beer) at 6.1% ABV: a nice sipper. Went well with the barley raisin bread pudding.
We'll be back. It was a great effort for less than a week in business. It's only 1 mile from our home, so we may become very spoiled.
04-23-2011 01:57:57 |
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