A lot of city residents have probably never spent much time in the neighborhood of Fishtown. Until the past few years, there never had been much reason to head up to the Girard Avenue and north area. Now, there is. There are some terrific bars and restaurants in the area, including restaurant/music venue Johnny Brendas, Italian BYO Modo Mio, hipster hangout Kung Fu Necktie and sandwich shop extraordinaire Paesanos. Memphis Taproom is also not too far away in Kensington.
Frankford Hall is both the latest addition to Stephen Starr empire and his first foray into Fishtown. It’s themed as a beer garden in the true German tradition. That means there’s no women waitresses coming around dressed with lederhosen carrying pitchers of beers in tables. In fact, only tourist traps like the Munich Hofbräuhaus have such features. Instead, Frankford Hall has walk-up bars to order your beer and food, and it has table service only for food deliveries. It’s definitely different than how people in town are used to dining and drinking in Philly.