Regardless of the fact that I had been sent a “Tornado Watch” advisory earlier in the day, I decided the best thing to do was go sit out on the roof of The Monkey Wrench. I figured if things got bad at least there would be delicious booze and food to quell the startled patrons (including myself).
I wish I could give this menu the review it deserves, for I dearly love the new direction their kitchen is headed in. Dustin Staggers is a genius and my taste buds applaud his endeavors to create a menu that is the delicious compilation of contemporary country it is today. If you want to explore some more choices I suggest venturing up to the top deck where they have named their menu “The Lono Lounge at The Monkey Wrench”. This menu takes a much different approach compared to the one downstairs in the main eating area. And a much spicier one too!
Unfortunately I am cursed with a sensitive mouth (insert joke here) and any time someone says “oh, it’s not that spicy”, I know it’s a red flag for me. Although I would have loved to satisfy my foodie curiosity and really explore this menu, I had to pass. My waitress was INCREDIBLY kind and helped me pick out foods that wouldn’t set me on fire. I opted for the vegetarian Banh Mi ($7), made with a la rosa de oro french baguette, pickled carrots, cucumbers, bean sprouts, jalapenos (I opted out these little devils), cilantro, and lemongrass aioli. The bread was delicious and easy enough to tear into. And the aioli was a much welcomed surprise, light and refreshing with that lemongrass flavor not taking over my other sandwich fillings.
P.S. I LOVE BEAN SPROUTS! OMNOMNOMNOMNOM!!! I love meat and am all for some tasty protein, but throw some bean sprouts my way and I am in love.
My dinner accomplice had the Kim Chi Ropa Vieja ($6), made with a house quick pickled kim chi, shredded cuban style harned ranch beef, and sticky rice. Although the meat was slightly too tough and needed to the assistance of a knife, the flavor was all there. Delicious and dark with all sorts of spices that made this an excellent choice.
We topped our cavalier-esque adventure off with house made sangria ($6 for a glass). Now to be honest I’ve never had sangria, but I was delighted with what I had ordered. They carry both red and white, I chose the red. It was a perfect mixture of a light fruity flavor and the dark sweet red wine I know so well. I have to say I could become seriously hooked on this concoction. If anything I’ll need to try more to make a better comparison.
I wish I could give you the review this menu deserves. However, regardless of my limits I was not let down. The staff was incredibly friendly and did not shame me for being so wimpy. Even after I had to send back a side of their fried corn they didn’t charge me to replace it for some macaroni and cheese. And you are still able to order from the regular menu if you can’t find anything you like up top! All in all it’s a great space to enjoy the hot summer air. So kick back and relax a bit on top of The Monkey Wrench, you’ll feel worlds away!