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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2335 D Street
phone: (909) 392-8653
Reviews by MiScusi:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been to T Phillips a few times over the last few years, it's just off campus of University of La Verne, so it gets a kind of college vibe. You get the ballpark bag of peanuts when you order and you can throw them wherever so that is fun. The beers are served in pints or huge mugs, which I think are 32oz.
They carry a bunch of american and foreign macro lagers, but as far as the craft beer goes they usually have a few Stone beers (IPA, arrogant bastard usually), Anderson Valley, Karl Strauss, Lagunitas, Firstone, Sierra Nevada, Anchor to name a few. It's not the greatest craft beer selection but it doesn't suck, and you will be able to find at least 1 brew that's to your liking.
I haven't ever had too much of a problem with service, it's ok, nothing great.
I've had their burger which was nice, but I can't comment on their food too much.
The food is fairly pricey, but the beer isn't too bad.
11-10-2008 02:09:22 |
More by MiScusi
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
This place is 2 blocks away from me, and when I first moved in, I thought I would be walking here almost every night for a beer. Not the case...
The loud college party scene is ever present, as is loud music, and sports on every television.
The service here is not the best by any means. Servers are slow, and uneducated about the beer they are serving. Do not expect to get any answers about any given beer you ask about. And when they go ask their manager for an answer, don't expect a good one.
The beer selection is big, but with 60 taps, about 20-30 are Anheuser owned, or BMC themselves. For someone who proudly claims they have "60 Microbrews on tap!", they may want to revisit their tap list and try again.
The beer lines are not cleaned often, if at all. We once sent back 3 beers before we got one we were somewhat happy with.
As far as food, it's not all that bad, but way too pricey for what you're getting.
I'm not saying I'll never go again, but when I do, it will only be to meet someone who's already there!
08-29-2011 04:19:35 |
More by bmwehrly
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in here last night as a couple friends and I just wanted to go somewhere and have a couple beers and a bit of food and relax.
The restaurant is one of those places where you get bags of peanuts when you walk in and throw the shells on the floor. Tons of signage everywhere, the usual bit.
The beer selection is somewhat large, but all are pretty standard offerings. Plenty of macro beers and a few imports and beginner craft beers. Not a criminal offense, but do not go in here expecting a beer geek's heaven.
The food is your typical bar food, from looking at the menu. Perhaps there are some entrees that try to get a bit fancier, but I would stick with the usual: burgers, sandwiches, nachos, wings, etc. Prices are reasonable.
The service at this place is absolutely horrendous. I know that on a Friday night, it's mostly a bar. But if you're going to allow people to sit at the regular tables to be served: then pay attention to them.
We had to initially order our drinks from the bar and then were told that somebody would be over to our table shortly. About 20 minutes later, we were still sitting there. We were finally able to flag down a waiter after about 10 additional minutes of trying to catch the attention of the waitresses and waiters.
The food came quickly, which was nice. But, it shouldn't take long to get some wings and nachos. After we were done, nobody came by to see if we wanted another round of drinks or how the food was (or even to take away the empty plates).
I wouldn't bother with this place.
06-19-2010 17:55:48 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
Fortunately, I reside no greater than 5 minutes from this overstated establishment and dissipated little valuable time to go out of my way for what is essentially a BMC washout of a college bar. To save myself from emerging as an intact Grumpy Gus, I will note that the interior brickwork and layout is very welcoming inside, and there is an outdoor patio with seating for those who wish to smoke.
The service (or lack of) is single handedly the worst aspect of the T Phillip's experience. To be constructive, this complication lies within the bartenders rather than the waiters/waitresses in the restaurant area - who have never warranted a complaint from me or my party. Most aggravating when it comes to the bartenders, is that there are several working on a non-busy day, and they'll walk by your bar seat as if you are invisible or uninvited. An "I'll be right with you sir" or "I apologize for the wait, somebody will be with you soon" would be promising at the very least - especially when the place is nearly dead in the middle of the afternoon! Expect to wait some time before you receive any service at the bar, and don't be surprised if you're given inhospitable bar tending. I could get into specifics regarding a personal experience with a bartender once, but I don't want to single anybody out here and resort to their level...
The draft selection is what T Phillips is known for, although that isn't saying very much. Most certainly it is leagues above anything else in the nearby La Verne area (Chili's, Red Robin's, etc). But why bother when pretty much half of the 60-something taps are awfully common and macro brewed? Sure, you wont come across Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot or Celebration Ale on tap at most places - but I'll opt to save the 10 + minute wait for service, $6/pint, and $10+ /32 oz mug and go pick up a 6 pack of either for a fraction of the cost.
The food is very unimpressive as well. To an extent, they are somewhat original with the entree' ideas but in the end just don't work. I have yet to discover anything tasteful, let alone anything to justify their soaring prices. The nachos are probably the best item on the menu, but if you are seeking a caliber "Uncle Paul" type of meal - look elsewhere.
A final tip - never go to T Phillip's on a Thursday night. Apparently its "college night", and you'll be surrounded by a college frat-esque BMC crowd - rather than a beer advocate crowd that you would find at the Stuffed Sandwich or Back Abbey. Having to shout ear-to-ear all night to your buddy and wake up with a sore throat the morning after just to hold a conversation is certainly not the ideal setting for beer advocacy. In the end, it is more of a party destination in the later hours - and if thats what you like, then more power to you I suppose.
My suggestion is to support your independent beer stores, and/or dedicated locations like the Stuffed Sandwich, Back Abbey, Lucky Baldwin's, etc...
From one advocate to another - pass on T Phillip's or take a trip to the sister location in Claremont (Hero's) which is much nicer.
08-27-2008 18:50:58 |
More by azagthoth
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Close to home. My wife actually found this one and suggested it for a night we had a baby sitter...
Kind of a cool atmosphere. Close to the college and seems to have a large college customer base.
The bar, which is located kind of on the back wall of the dining room, displays about 60 taps... Some good stuff there for sure, but over half of the taps seem to be Macro beers. They did have some Stone, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, and a few others American brews, as well as some staple Oktoberfests such as Paulaner, and Ayinger. There were probably more that I missed as well. I had a few different beers, and they were all fresh and tasty. One thing that suprised me was that they did not have any bottled beer.
The food however, was another story. For starters, the menu was very limited, but that's not always a bad thing. We started off with some appetizers, and the Buffalo wings were not bad. For dinner we decidedt to split the prime rib... When it arived, it was nothing but fat and gristle, the vegies were not cooked, and the baked potato's were cold. We sent it back and didn't get anyhting else.
The service was okay. It was hard to get our bartenders attention at times, but when we had the problem with the food, he had no problem replacing our meal with something else, or just taking it off the bill. He also offered a little info on some of the beer that they served.
Overall, I'd say that I'd try this place again, if not for food, I would definately stop in for a pint or two. It's definately nice to find some good beers on tap semi-localy.
11-20-2006 23:28:41 |
More by BeerRun13
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
07-07-05 Update: T. Phillips has updated their taplist, now carrying Paulaner hefeweizen, Coronado Brewing Company's Blonde, Mermaid Red, and Point Loma Porter as well as (God bless 'em!) Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA and Hop Rod Rye. They still have a fair amount of macros and so-so lagers for the less adventurous but the draft Hop Rod kicks major ass. They still have Stone AB, IPA, and Smoked Porter plus a decent number of craft beers covering a wide spectrum of styles. Add live music on Thursdays and a broad cross-section of clientele and T. Phillips is still one of my favorite spots for a pint.
10-09-03 Update: Within the past month, ownership changed and with it, the name. Heroe's is now known as "T. Phillip's Alehouse & Grill". They've gotten SN Celebration Ale in and it's now a regular offering on the taplist. *thumbs-up by the reviewer!*
Heroe's Bar & Grill is located in "downtown" La Verne, right next to the University of La Verne. Hence, the college bar atmosphere.
A buddy of mine and I stopped in on a Wednesday night and the place was fairly busy with patrons who were beyond the college years. As the evening progressed, a younger crowd started arriving which added to the rather eclectic nature of the place.
The atmosphere was pleasing - open layout, brick walled, peanut shells on the floor. A variety of signs and pictures hang from the walls and there were four TV's strategically placed and showing different sporting events. The bar is located about 30ft in and angled, with 10-12 seats. On one wall was a wine list, on the other were two chalkboards displaying the beers on tap.
Behind the bar are roughly thirty taps. An additional 10-12 taps were at the bar. The selection had the usual macros (Bud, Bud lite, MGD, Coors Light, etc), a few too many. On the other hand, they also carried Stone's IPA and Pale Ale, Arrogant Bastard, and Smoked Porter, SNPA and Bigfoot Ale, Widmer Bros, Pyramid and Franziskaner Hefe's, Hoegaarden Witbier, Spaten lager, Oktoberfest, and Optimator, Bass, Harp, Guinness, Boddingtons, Leffe Blond, Maredsous 8, Boont Amber Ale, and Kostritzer alongside PBR, Rolling Rock, Shiner Bock and a few ciders. Those are the one's I remember. The actual list exceeded sixty beers. Some seasonals - Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale - was not available.
I had the Maredsous 8, Rogue Dead Guy, and SN Bigfoot. My buddy had Franziskaner hefe, Hoegaarden wit, and Spaten lager. All but the Rogue were fresh-tasting whereas the Dead Guy Ale seemed a little dated.
The barkeep and waitresses were pleasant, friendly, and offered good recommendations. Service was attentive and came around frequently Glassware was limited to pint glasses and 24oz. mugs.
Food was available. A one-page menu was provided and consisted of appetizers ($6-$9), burgers ($8-$9), and steak or seafood ($15-$25). As it was late, I passed on ordering anything and stayed with the peanuts.
Overall, a decent place close to home to grab a pint or two. A rather small selection but hitting a good variety of styles and hiding a few gems among the macros. Still, a wide enough selection to suit nearly everyone. Wine and spirits are also available. Worth going back to again.
08-01-2003 21:16:24 |
More by Boilermaker88
T. Phillips Alehouse & Grill in La Verne, CA