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The Hungry Monk

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.53%
Taps: 27
Bottles: 21
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1760 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, Arizona, 85224-6140
United States
phone: (480) 963-8000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hungrymonkaz

Notes:
Formerly Buffalo Wings & Rings.

(Place added by: mhaugan on 08-23-2009)
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Chathaman67, Sep 26, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Camjmorton, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

VanillaHeat, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of JohnnyJam
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%

I went to the Hungry Monk the first time after someone told me that I can get Green Flash and Black Butte Porter on tap. Since then I've been there15 times and I haven't reviewed it. So here goes.

This is your regular sports bar with several TVs inside. There is a small patio next to the front door that looks onto the parking lot. You can bring your dog on the patio. The inside is really divided into two parts. There is a bar with seating there and high-top tables. A four foot high wall pretty much separates that from the area with booths and three tables that seat about ten people. I've taken a seat here with a friend and it's ok. It's community seating.

There are about 20 beers on tap and some bottles, too. Their beer list says there are 24 beers but they count mixing two beers as one of the drafts. One time I went there and they had Ballast Point Sculpin on tap and that was great. Another time I had Widmer Hefeweizen and it was old. Usually, the server doesn't know very much about the beer. There are some regular beers always on tap: Deschutes Black Butte Porter, San Tan Devil's Ale, Four Peaks, and Green Flash. I like that. What I don't like is that their website hasn't updated there beer list for 5 months. It was last updated 6/13/13. If you call and ask you will wait for 3 or 4 minutes and then they will hang up. It's aggravating and since this place is farther from my house than San Tan Brewery; I started wondering why I make the trip.

They have a fairly extensive menu but the food is not very good. Every time that I've been there I've ordered food and I think it gets worse. I can't find anyone to go there even on Wednesday for $3 pints because the quality of the food isn't good. The last time I was there, I went with a friend. We had a couple of beers and some Abby chips which are like homemade potato chips. I liked those but them but these weren't even good. We went down the street to San Tan Brewery.

JohnnyJam, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of mwc115
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

I love this place especially for Happy Hour after work. I'm in there almost once a week. The beer selection is what first got me hooked. I'm not big on always trying the same beers, so when I go out to pay for a beer at a bar I want to try something different. They tend to have a lot of IPAs and rotate a lot so that I have been able to try a huge variety of beers.

Also, the owner is a very nice guy who is usually wondering around most days. He puts in a lot of time making up nice beer/food events and invites breweries in frequently to showcase their beers.

I didn't even really start ordering food for quite a while but they have a nice selection. The wings are great, the boneless ones are nice moist chunks of white meat. They also have a lot of other good stuff on the menu, throw in some occasional specials, and sometimes work with other local eateries as guest chefs.

Overall, pretty hard to find a better neighborhood bar. Yeah it can get busy, but just sit back relax and enjoy.

mwc115, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

Visited during the Final 4 on a Saturday afternoon. Not packed, but a decent crowd. Lots of big flat screens to view sports & a real casual vibe.

Sat at the bar- the server was OK but seemed like he'd rather be somewhere else. Was replaced during his shift by a female who was a bit forgetful & seemed to rather chat with other employees than be working.

Great selection of quality craft beers like Bell's Oberon & Two Hearted, Firestone Walker Union Jack, & several other regional/AZ beers. Fair pours at reasonable prices.

Had a nice grilled chicken nachos plate...fresh & well executed. Saw other plates of food that looked good.

Worth a stop if you're out in the southeast valley.

SunDevilBeer, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of jale
2.55/5  rDev -37.2%

Review based on visits one year ago and during the recent Arizona beer week. Came here for the Hot Scotchy event. Very busy with a twenty minute wait, no problem. The problem started with a thirty minute wait to receive our first drink order. Then twenty minutes for the second. One and a half hours for our food. Tap list was nothing spectacular compared to last year. I was told by staff, the manager did not prepare them for the event and seldom has enough staff for busy hours. Not a place I will waste time with again until they get things right here.

jale, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Swillbur
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

I have been to the Hungry Monk in Chandler now about 20 times so i feel ready to review the joint.

When you walk in this place it looks like your average sports bar with TV's plastered all over the walls with sports on every one. Not a problem for me, i love sports. I knock this place a bit for service because they are under staffed alot but the staff is pretty great and do their best. The food is pretty good. Boneless wings are nice chunks of breast meat. Pulled pork sandwich is money as well. Beer selection is very good with 28 taps and about 10 of them rotate. They do 3 dollar beers on Wednesdays and i have had everything from Abyss to Hopslam for that price. Overall this is my go to place on Wednesday and one of my favorite spots overall. They are kinda pricey on other days but the selection is top notch. The owner is a huge hop head and has a great deal of influence in what they serve, Sometimes they have 10 good IPA's on at once. Cheers

Swillbur, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

Last of three stops over a weekend visiting with family. Cool thing was this spot just happened to be about two blocks from my cousins mom's place, so he could actually leave his kids (their grandkids) with them, walk over there for a pint on a Sunday or Saturday to watch a game, then walk back. He had no idea this spot was here, since I guess the last spot had a much more limited menu, and not nearly as many taps.

We visited with a group of 4, that swelled to 9 when word got out just how close this spot was to the family. It was a Sunday evening, so pretty sparse crowd, so we kind of had the run of the place (but we all had Monday off, so was cool for us) Sports bar, few T.V.s booths, not too much as far as Ambiance goes, no real swag or art work that stood out to me. Didnt try the food, but the tap selection was pretty decent, with some local brews on tap, west coast stuff from California (nothing special for me, but great for the locals) I was most interested in the Left Hand offerings, as they don't distribute to Cali.

The Bartender was friendly, and she had pretty good knowledge of the beers they had on tap. Great that the scene in Arizona is growing, welcome site.

Retsinis, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%

Sports bar.

Sports bar that has some good craft beers though. It's like Buffalo Wild Wings with the countless TV's, some rather large, and the accompanying obnoxiously loud fans screaming at this or that game that is actually inconsequential for their real lives. But if you're into the sports bar vibe, don't mind the baboons screaching and shaking fists at the TV's, then maybe the atmosphere is for you.

Excellent selection of craft beers for the Phoenix area. I appreciated the designation for local beers, and I liked the options for hoppy beers. It was lame though that they mix beers, give them names, and then add them to the list to make the list look as though they have more beers than they actually do. Also didn't care for all of my pints being served in Coors' Blue Moon glasses.

Hostess & servers were female and more eyecandy than beer-knowledgeable. Food was above average, rather reasonably priced, and typical fare for a sports bar. Parking was tough up front but there's plenty far in the back.

yemenmocha, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of pretzel
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%

Visited twice. First time was for happy hour/dinner about 6 months ago. Service was excellent, food was very good with some interesting selections for bar food. Crowd was a nice mixture of generations and full but not crowded. Owner stopped by to introduce himself and was very friendly, knowledgable about beer and a hockey fan (rare in Phoenix).

Variety of taps are amoung the best I've seen in metro Phoenix, second only to Papago. Nice selection of local craft beer represented, as well as Western US craft offerings with a few imports and specialy one-off items that you don't see other places. Lost Abby Judgement Day appears to be a regular. Liked the custom blends offered.

Most recent visit was on a Friday night around 9:30 PM. Sparse crowd watching college basketball on their many TV's with the sound on. I liked this as a sports bar (hockey channel playing) but was surpised at how empty it was for a Friday night (San Tan was packed). Once the game ended, they switched to music that my 15 year old daughter listens to - teenie bopper pop/rap. It totaly killed the craft beer/sportsbar vibe.

Service has been excellent both times. I'll likely return for dinner or a sporting event if in the area, but won't stick around if they play that insipid music.

pretzel, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of ejyoung
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

I really like what the Hungry Monk is doing - it's nice to have a place like this in the SE Valley. The Firestone Walker night they had was great, as was the Stout/Porter fest (they had bottles of Ivan the Terrible for only $14!). The selection is pretty good here, I just wish the taplist was updated more frequently online. Also, it seems like there's quite a few beers that are always on, so the amount that change isn't as big as I might like it. I also wish they had real snifters instead of the goblets they use, but that's ok.

Service has always been good here for me. The food is great - boneless wings actually have meat in them (unlike other wing places) and the sauces are good. I've also enjoyed the pulled pork and the grilled ham and cheese.

Prices are generally pretty reasonable, and are very good on the $3 Wednesday.

Excited to see what else the Monk will do now that they are a bit more focused on craft beer.

ejyoung, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of mhaugan
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

I had been here prior to the name change/franchise jettison and while I enjoyed my previous experience, they have done nothing but improve. They have some incredible beers on tap all the time including a Rouge, Stone and a Lost Abby. But it is in their support of local breweries and rotating taps that they have made their great strides. As I type they have 5 handles from the valley, 2 from Northern AZ including the only Lumberyard I have seen in the valley. For rotating taps they are sitting on Some nice seasonals, but they have a good problem for them (bad for us) where they can move through a really good keg. The food has gone up with the name change as they move away from wing-centric to a more eclectic selection. I have requirements for healthy food when I eat out an they have several options for me that they didn't before the name change. This is a local beer joint making the right moves to support the scene in the valley. Hopefully this becomes a trend, and good beer is all over this valley.

mhaugan, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of freemike
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

This place is for Beer advocate people. 27 taps as of June 11th, 2010, all but maybe 6 are craft brews. The line-up changes every week and you can get the current line-up by getting on their e-mail list which comes out every week. The manager Jim is great and tries to get only highly rated beer advocate brews. They are on facebook and have associated specials for facebook friends. $3 craft beers on Wed! This is one of the best places in the east valley to enjoy great beer, not to mention a different one every time you come. Check it out!

freemike, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

When this place was built I was super excited being that I love Wings. When I went there the first time there were some great things as well as some dissapointments.

Good things:

The food is amazing. They have many different kinds of wings and when your a wing guy like me that is all you need. The prices were inexpensive and the service was top notch. The atmosphere was fun and a good place to catch a game, but as soon as you walk in you get the feeling of a typical bar.

The Bad:
The selection is pretty awful they didnt have much that I would go out of my way to try and get. They had the pretty common beers i.e. bud light, miller, coors. But nothing like what us BAs look for.

Overall if you are in the area and you are hungry the food wont dissapoint but if you like to eat where you can try good beer this isnt the place for you.

edit: upon talking to some friends about this place they have let me know that the selection has increased immensly since I was there last. They now have judgement day on tap and a ton of other beer. This place turned out all around great!

leakyfaucet12, Feb 06, 2010
The Hungry Monk in Chandler, AZ
91 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.