Hello Hounds - This is a very tardy, brief report back. First off, thanks so much for providing so many wonderful tips. As it happens, I was swamped with work and was only able to visit one place - Silvertone, which was a perfect match for what I sought.
Despite the many yummy things on their menu, I was craving a Cheeseburger, and ordered this, along with fried calamari.
The burger was good, but not great, not juicy enough - probably because they used high quality beef that was a bit lower in fat. Fries were excellent. The fried calamari was also good, but not great - too much batter in my opinion, and too many smallish pieces of squid.
The atmosphere was incredibly friendly, and I lingered for a long time chatting with people at the bar where i was eating, and with the great bartenders. They had an awesome collection of beers on tap.