Frankford Hall – A Philly Favorite Where Adult Dreams Come True.

by Her Happy Balance on September 24, 2013

One of my favorite places to frequent in Philadelphia is the Stephen Starr biergarten, Frankford Hall. This restaurant is located in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia on Frankford Ave and it’s the perfect spot to relax at on weekend afternoons, weekday nights, or whenever you’re looking for a more laid back adult atmosphere. The biergarten is generally 21+ with an ID checker at the door, however on Sunday afternoons it caters to families. So lots of hipsters with their even hipper little kids are hanging around drinking rootbeers. I actually hit this spot up this past Sunday and can vouch for the kid-friendly atmosphere, they even had a face painter. To say I was tempted to turn my cheeks into the wings of a butterfly is an understatement. Anyway…

Frankford Hall has both an indoor and outdoor area. The indoor section is filled with long, dark wood tables and some high tops, while the outdoor section has a fire pit, rows of picnic tables, space heaters, and white lighting draped between the trees. I’ve always opted to sit outside to enjoy the sun and because it’s closer to the food 😉 Fooseball and ping pong tables are located on the perimeters, and almost every table of diners has a hot game of Jenga in the works.

Jenga at Frankford Hall

As a rule of thumb, the beers – both on tap and in bottles – are delicious and unique. To this day, my favorite beer ever has been from Frankford Hall. Ahhh, sweet beer enhanced memories. It was a cucumber ale (cucumber + beer = un-FREAKING-believable!) and it hit the spot on a hot summer night. This time of year, there are tons of porters, stouts and Oktoberfest beers to choose from. I opted for a pumpkin beer, because of course. All draft beers are available in half and full liter sizes. I decided to go a little Sunday funday crazy and ordered the liter…sorrynotsorry.

Yes, I drank it all.

Yes, I drank it all.

A good friend being an even good-er sport and allowing me to take blog photos.

A good friend being an even good-er sport and allowing me to take blog photos.

The food is traditional German fare. You can order Bavarian pretzels that are legitimately bigger than your head to eat with oniony cheese dip (the BEST!) Or you can go the “wurst” route, and pick one of their many sausages. Saurkraut, German potato salad, red cabbage, and cheesy spatzal are available as side dishes, and softserve ice cream is available for dessert. We ordered this sausage with egg dish off of their breakfast menu and it was a huge weiner winner.

Eggs and Sausage at Frankford Hall

We couldn’t resist trying one of their alcoholic adult milkshakes, and ordered a Jack N’ S’mores shake which we shared. It came with a toasted marshmallow, graham cracker, slab of Hershey’s chocolate and loads of whipped cream on top. Needless to say, it didn’t last very long…

Thank you sir, can I have another?

Thank you, sir, can I have another?

My only warning is that the parking situation for Frankford Hall is always kind of up in the air, as only street parking is available. But if you can snag a spot, you are in for a treat. So, who wants to come and visit me in Philly now? Beer + Gi-huge-ic pretzels + Jenga = a twenty-somethings dream come true!

Have you ever been to a Stephen Starr restaurant?
What is your favorite type of German food? I’m German so I grew up eating a LOT of potato salad and bratwurst.

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Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne September 24, 2013 at 8:17 am

Mmmmm I’m very german, and this sounds amazing!!! Plus it looks beautiful outside! Unfortunately I grew up eating what any other american family grew up eating haha nothing special enough to name. So I’ve never had any german food, but the bratwurst always sound good to me 🙂

Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness September 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

i love beer gardens! thats so fun that one is open to families on sundays! (i love hipster kids 🙂 ) and i love brats. So good!! that sausage with egg looks aaa-MAZ-ing (said in the rachel zoe voice)

Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle September 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

meh one of my regrets before moving out of phillaaayyy was that i didn’t explore enough once i hit 21. this is so fun! when i go back and visit i’ll drag my friends there. or we’ll meet there 🙂

Her Happy Balance September 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

Come back and visit and we will go! It’s such a blast. It’s kind of a hidden gem, but once you go once you’ll feel the need to go back again and again 🙂

Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures September 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

Hm, so this place sounds SUPER amazing! What the heck!??! I love how cute the beer selection sounds! I would crazy and order more than one of those large glasses of beer! I bet the pumpkin was amazing. I’m trying to slowly ease into the pumpkin goodness because once I start, it doesn’t stop at all. One of my favorite beer combinations is mixing hard cider (typically Strongbow) with Dogfish pumpkin beer and it taste like damn apple pie. Ugh I would like to now leave work (it’s a little after 9 am) and go have some beer. Meet me halfway?
When I come to visit you, it will be a requirement that we go here, but not on Sunday when kids will be present. I’d like to be as belligerent as possible with as much beer as possible.
Now I just sound trashy. Well, truth hurts… LUVVVV U!!!

Caitlin September 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

Oh sweet! This sounds like a german restaurant about a mile from our house called Houfbrahaus. It doesn’t have games, but it has a gorgeous beer garden along the river and live music Friday and Saturday nights, which leads to people dancing on the tables and benches as the night progresses. It’s a lot of fun 😉 their pretzels and beer cheese are amazing, too. We like to go there if we want to go out for an evening but don’t want to bar hop. Great place to spend some time people watching and enjoying yourself 🙂

Angela @ Health's Angel September 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

Haha. I just said the same thing below! 🙂 Yay Pittsburgh!

Her Happy Balance September 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

I am coming to Pittsburgh right now! I’ll just leave my job and hightail it up there because I need to go to this establishment, ASAP. Let’s all meet up and do Oktoberfest up right 😉

Angela @ Health's Angel September 24, 2013 at 10:14 am

This sounds like a place in Pittsburgh called the Hofbrauhaus. It’s extremely popular but I don’t go there too often as I am not a fan of most beers…lame. But their pretzels are off the chain, from what I remember. 🙂 Sunday Fundays are completely necessary sometimes.

Heather @Pinkaholic Fitness September 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I could go for a pumpkin beer sitting at work right now.. haha! I love German food, maybe because I’m about 95% German and grew up on it! I love bratwursts, nom nom nom!

Her Happy Balance September 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

You and me both, girlfriend! 🙂 I could go for some brats and eggs right about now!

Becky @ Olives n Wine September 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Oktoberfest beer (in both bottles or on tap or heck, just licking it off the floor) is pretty much, hands down, my favorite beverage EVER! It’s the perfect fall beer and is much too easy to drink 😉 Looks like your weekend was full of it and other deliciousness!

Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom September 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I knew we were destined to be BFFs when I saw that you ordered the liter of beer. Girl after my own heart!

Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

The only section of Philly I’ve been to aside from the airport is South Street. We really don’t get there too often, but I’m so intrigued by Frankford Hall. It sounds like so much fun! I think my husband and I are going to have to take a trip there sometime. I want some of that milkshake! Yum!

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