Taps: 14 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by NeroFiddled:
3.15/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Right off the bat, let me state that I've only dined at Franklin's once and I won't be returning, so this will be my final review.
That's not to say that it's a horrible place, to the contrary, I think that it could be an amazing neighborhood gem, and, in fact, it's probably operating based almost completely on local traffic, which is good! They've got a huge deck, and although it overlooks the regional rail (the station's just a very short walk to the west), I can imagine it's completely brimming during the summer months.
I do truly appreciate what they've with it done decor-wise. It's much better than it had been in its former incarnation. There's charm (if you look for it), but mainly it's kind of bland and lacking. Let me describe it: wood floors throughout (nice); nice, solid wood chairs and tables, there's a smaller bar area with some seating upfront, backed by a larger dining room through a double-doorway (that can also be turned into a very large dance floor complete with bar rails all-around; 2' x 4' acoustic ceiling tile... just very open and basic in the dining room, as if you were in some half-assed Applebee's. But I can live with that, except...
I didn't find the service to be very good throughout. My party was seated by the bartender without any drink menus (?). Said menus included beer lists that our server eventually described as "... no, that's not right.... and oh... oh, ok, these are just ALL wrong". Yet she didn't know what exactly WAS on tap.
On to the beer: I would hardly describe Franklin's as a "beer bar". They do have 14 taps and an OK bottle selection, but upon closer inspection they hardly measure up to being worthy of "beer bar" status these days. First off, they're pouring both Miller Lite and Miller High Life, followed by Yuengling Lager. Average drafts such as Guinness, Samuel Adams Boston lager and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale follow (no disrespect to Sierra Nevada, it's just that it's easy to find almost anywhere now). That leaves 8 beers, 3 of which were covered by Tröegs on my visit: "Tröegenator Double bock" @ 8.2% abv for $6 (per 14 oz shaker glass pint), Mad Elf @ 11% for $9 (per 14 oz shaker glass pint), and Perpetual IPA @ 7.5% for $6 (per 14 oz shaker glass pint) - - - oh, wait, they didn't have the listed Perpetual IPA on tap, so my server brought me a 12 oz bottle which cost the same $6. I was kind of OK with that though because if you look at how much beer they actually put in their 14 oz. glasses (they were about a half inch below the lip without ANY head), you're getting about the same amount. I WOULD BE EMBARRASSED TO SERVE BEER LIKE THEY DO. On top of that, the server could not tell me what had replaced the beer I'd ordered - she had no idea what they were pouring. The remaining beers include DFH 60 minute and Lagunitas IPA (which makes 3 IPA's out of 14, and a third of their decent beers), Yards Pale Ale, Founder's Breakfast Stout, and McKenzie's Hard Cider.
I won't go into the food other than to note that there are only 2 vegetarian options, one of which is onion rings; and that it's pretty basic bar food.
I'd consider Franklin's as a decent college bar, and maybe even an OK local bar, but overall I think it has a long way to become the proper dining establishment that it seems to want to be (and perhaps Friday night dance parties don't exactly help with that). As a beer bar, there are way too many other places to even consider it.
12-07-2013 22:21:05 | More by NeroFiddled
Franklin's in Philadelphia, PA
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