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T.J. Stones - Montgomery Street in Old Town


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T.J. Stone's opened yesterday, according their website. Looks like a pretty standard American menu - ribs, salads, steak, sliders, tots, etc. The beer list is fairly lengthy. From driving by, it looks like a warm interior. Hope to stop by and check it out in the next few weeks.

There's a $5.00 coupon on the website.

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Is that good or bad?

One of the owners is a good friend of mine, so I'm a little biased. I think it's a good thing. Great beer list, decent looking options on the menu, I'll be interested to see how it goes given the location.

And one of my servers from Del Merei is working there.

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We stopped in for a drink and some snacks over the weekend. With 105 choices on the beer list, there should be something for everyone. I tried a draft Port City Monumental IPA because they were out of it at the brewery, where we had just been for a tour.

Triple-dipped wings were surprisingly dry on the outside, but that was remedied by asking for some of the very tasty buffalo sauce (one of four sauce choices) for dipping. Truffle chips and dip was my favorite - the house made potato chips were crispy and the spinach dip was fairly light, with good flavor but not the 'glop' you frequently find in spinach dips. We also tried the chicken box (I may have the name wrong) - a combo of chicken tenders and gouda tater tots, served in a take-out box. White meat tenders were moist with a cornmeal crust; tots were quite good, crispy and cheesy.

You can't beat the happy hour - several appetizer choices for $2.50. Not sure about drink specials, but I'm sure they have some. The interior looks dramatically different from the pastel kitsch of Stardust. Lots of stone/slate, wood, and chocolate brown paint. The bar is roomy with quite a bit of seating and the dining room looks comfortable. We were there on a sunny afternoon when the space was bright with natural light. I think it will feel cozy and comfortable after dark.

Maybe a spot for an on a whim happy hour some evening...

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My office got a postcard promo from TJ Stones today. Of note: $2.50 bar food menu M-F 4-7p.m. and "great bar specials". Also, Furkin Thursdays with live cask beers (as opposed to, what? dead ones?) , and free shuffle board on Sunday and Monday.

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Also, Furkin Thursdays with live cask beers (as opposed to, what? dead ones?)

Actually, yes. Live ales have still active components (such as yeast) that require different handling and yield different results than beers that are more, ahem, 'stabilized'.

That is, if I remember correctly - but a "live beer" and a regular beer have different characteristics.

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Actually, yes. Live ales have still active components (such as yeast) that require different handling and yield different results than beers that are more, ahem, 'stabilized'.

That is, if I remember correctly - but a "live beer" and a regular beer have different characteristics.

Thanks for the info! I guess I was harking back to the days of sitcoms with the "live studio audience."

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