The owners of the very successful Sushi Lounge chain have branched into the pub market, picking up on the rapidly growing craft beer craze.
Taphouse Grill on Alps and French Hill Road in Wayne was opened in January. I wish I had heard about it sooner. We stopped by this past Halloween weekend and enjoyed some good beer and bar food.
They have a nice selection on their 24 rotating taps mostly regional brewers, which I like, some California, Colorado, all American brewers. The beer menu is arranged in style categories and offers a brief description of each ale or lager.
Taphouse is mostly dining room, the bar seems relatively small. There are tables around the bar and a lounge area. We grabbed a seat at the far end of the bar and started chatting with the friendly bartenders. Small tastes are available for any beer you are curious about. This is pretty much a standard everywhere.
We checked out the big menu and decided to try their burger and their fish and chips. My Bacon Bleu Burger with melted bleu cheese and thick bacon was delicious. It was grilled to a perfect medium rare as I ordered it. Good meat that had a nice smokey wood grill flavor. The roll was tasty and had a TPG brand on it. That is Sushi Lounge guys' style, they are all about branding. I had some of their sweet potatoe fries which were crispy and delicious.
Diana chose the fish and chips with the house cut fries and this was very good also.
Taphouse Grill does not neccesarily have the cordial neighborhood bar feel that you get at owner operator/bartender places like Andy's Corner Bar or Twin Lights Taphouse, but it is still a great place.
One odd thing about Taphouse which I hope they management looks at is that their taps seem too charged. The beer gets too much foamy head and takes forever to draft. Maybe to much carbonation getting pumped in. Just a thought.
344 French Hill Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: (973) 832-4141