I long to go back one day (except this time I'll probably drink more wine and less beer). Until then, there's the latest Stephen Starr entry, Frankford Hall in Fishtown.
~It's a modern take that makes sense.
~It's vegan-doable (the vegetarian sausage is vegan and so is the pretzel and the salad).
~It's inexpensive and hyper-casual.
~There's spicy mustard that makes your nose burn.
~And for the non-beer-drinkers, there's some tasty Riesling.
Some advice: Don't sit near the ping pong tables. Buy your pretzel from the pretzel girls walking around (the pretzels are bigger). Skip the valet, as you probably should take a cab home in your post-beer-hall condition. Sit by the windows! It just feels right.
This is my Fishtown. I grew up here and every new addition makes me feel like my little hometown has grown as much as I have.