I’ve been to the Blue Monkey for drinks plenty of times, but until today, I hadn’t ever tried the food.
The menu is fairly basic, full of mostly standards like sandwiches, salads, po boys, pizzas and baked potatoes. I had the crabcake po boy, which came with my choice of side.
The sandwich was two crabcakes with lettuce, tomato and remoulade on a French roll. It was a little spicier than I was expecting, but the kick wasn’t unwelcome. The side of fries was awesome -they had a good crispiness-to-softness ratio and weren’t overly salted. The service was quick and friendly – I was seated, fed and out of there in less than 45 minutes, but I never felt rushed.
When I went to the Blue Monkey for lunch today, the restaurant still smelled like last night. The nearly empty dining room was dark and there was a more-than-faint smell of stale smoke. On the windowed porch, though, everything was bright and happy.
The Blue Monkey has two locations – downtown and midtown – that are open daily for lunch and dinner. Both have full bars and allow smoking, which means that you’ve got to be 21 or older to get in.