The Old Monk
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
After spending 5 years living 30 minutes from the Belgium border, being transferred to Louisiana has been hard to deal with. But after discovering the Old Monk, there may be hope. The moment we walked through the front door we knew we were in the right place. The dark wood and exposed brick adorned with Belgian beer signs instantly transported us back in time. They really hit the mark in keeping with the monastic theme.
If the atmosphere alone isn't enough to keep you coming back, just wait until you open the menus. The beer selection is outstanding, of course with an emphasis on the Belgians, including Hoegaarden, Maredsous, Chimay and Orval. There's also a very respectable selection of beers from Germany, Holland, the UK and the US.
We figured that with the great atmosphere and wonderful beer selection we'd be asking too much to hope that the food was also top notch. But the real show stopper is the food. You must try the house specialty...Moules Frites. It's a generous portion of mussels steamed in Hoegaarden and served with fries and spicy mayo. It was every bit as good as any we had in Belgium. And the Fish and Chips and Guinness Stew are equally amazing. The Old Monk is by far the best pub I've been to in the US!
03-05-2006 06:55:06 | More by beerdrifter
More User Reviews:
2.3/5 rDev -44.2%
Many of the reviews cover my complaint: not enough beer.
An example of the shortage of beer is the Draft list on the chalk board - my husband asked about one and was told it was in a bottle. He noted that it was on the board but the waitress pointed out that only the top two beers are draft and the other 5 were labelled as bottles.
We are used to more than 2 rotational beers so we didn't even notice.
I had the Franconia Hefeweizen and enjoyed it as usual but I'd really wanted something appropriate to the cool weather. It was $5.50.
My husband had the Duvel Single for $8.
I kept telling my husband we could come another time and try it when there wasn't such a crowd but then I looked at the beer list and couldn't find a reason to go again. I went through the argument three different ways and still arrived at the same conclusion.
Many more better places to spend my money.
I reviewed the atmosphere low because it was smoky, noisy and didn't have enough seating. I reviewed the quality as poor because I went here to try some good beers and they had nothing I wanted to try.
03-24-2014 01:58:44 | More by Kellya
The Old Monk in Dallas, TX
92 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.