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Tierney’s: Where the Burgers and Beer Rule

Our go-to neighborhood bar & grill in Montclair.

Montclair’s terrific variety of restaurants is lost on my husband Mike; his favorite food is served in a bar & grill. Yes, fried food is king in Mike’s world. One of Mike’s favorite places to eat in Montclair is Tierney’s Tavern, the neighborhood bar & grill on Valley Road near the intersection of Van Vleck. Tierney’s is that quintessential Irish bar where the staff recognizes your face, and often knows your name, after you’ve visited a few times.

Tierney’s has really cold beer, according to Mike. And surprise! It has great fried food, particularly the burgers. For a few years now, Mike and I have listened to heated debates between friends about the goodness/freshness/juiciness of Tierney’s burgers versus burgers from the different upstart burger joints in town. The debate has even hit a couple of the local online forums. Tierney’s burgers win, hands down, in our opinion.

I figure Mike can’t be the only person in Montclair and the surrounding area who prefers a fried food-and-beer combo for his occasional dinner out; when we pull into Tierney’s spacious parking lot on a weeknight we usually get one of the last available parking spots.

We walk in the back door, grab a table and order our food. Mike, usually a cheeseburger and French fries guy, doesn’t say much as he eats; he’s too busy savoring the juicy burger and crunchy fries! And I order a grilled pastrami on rye with swiss and Russian dressing with a side of coleslaw. The pastrami is so lean and thinly sliced it can pass through the eye of a needle. Yum!

Mike orders a Pabst on tap to go with his burger combo. Not the most chichi beer, you say? Maybe not, but the bartender said Tierney’s goes through kegs of Pabst every week; it’s one of their most popular beers. Check it out if you stop in.

If you like burgers and beer, try Tierney’s (http://www.tierneystavern.com/). While you’re there, check out the performance schedule. Some of our good friends play in bands Upstairs at Tierney's. Fried food + cold beer + live band = fun

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Christine James January 13, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I get the grilled cheese. It's perfect! Love the crunchy fries..only way to have them! And they really do know you when you are a regular! We held our class reunion there because it's where everyone went back in the day. It's an institution! The Tierneys are a great Montclair family too!
Sharon Egan January 14, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Tierny's Tavern always makes me feel like I'm home. When ever I came home from Dublin to visit my mom the first place I went was Tierny's and the first thing I would eat was the cheese burger. Well done Bill and Family.
rak January 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM
The staff of Tierney's are the best and we always feel welcome. We love Tierney's burgers and fries! We go early and bring the kids. They eat and play video games and we finish off the pitcher and walk home happy.

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