The Hungry Monk
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mhaugan:
4.6/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
10-08-2010 18:43:49 | More by mhaugan
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3.15/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
11-11-2013 23:49:55 | More by JohnnyJam
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
07-30-2012 21:15:49 | More by mwc115
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-09-2012 02:07:38 | More by SunDevilBeer
2.55/5 rDev -35.9%
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.
02-28-2012 16:47:38 | More by jale
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
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
06-30-2011 06:45:31 | More by Swillbur
3.78/5 rDev -5%
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.
04-28-2011 18:40:48 | More by Retsinis
The Hungry Monk in Chandler, AZ
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.