TJ’s I found as a respite from Atlanta commuting, by driving a new route home one day and deciding to stop. It’s on Holcombe Bridge, east of Highway 400 and west of Spalding Drive, in a location I was surprised to find was in Alpharetta. The story of this bar is well told on its web site. The original was Timothy John’s, a bar in Sandy Springs founded by former Atlanta Flame Tim Ecclestone. This was closed and TJ’s was later opened.
TJs has a lot of the amenities of a good sports bar. There are the various teams whose fans call this location their Atlanta home: Florida State, Nebraska, and the Green Bay Packers. It has a huge TV centered in the dining area, perfect for Monday Night football. The waitstaff is generally attractive and usually dressed in black. The beers on draft are good. The total number of TVs numbers in the dozens, and there should be one screen devoted to the team you like.
What surprised me originally, however, was the quality of the food. They used to have a calamari plate, so tender and so fine I took my family back to the bar just to try it. Over time the menu has changed and the calamari appetizer is now gone. But they still have Sue’s Salad, a staple of my time here.
It’s a classic Caesar’s with 6 ounces of steak, cooked to order, tossed with blue cheese crumbles and full of flavor. I liked it then, I like it now. As my jobs have changed location, it’s no longer on my path home, so I’m no longer a ‘regular’ there. But it’s certainly worth a try if you’re in the area, or if it’s on your way home.
Verdict: Sports bar with a terrific history, excellent television viewing and food that’s a cut above. Recommended.