If Zeb and I weren’t renting a place in Northeast Minneapolis, we would most definitely be renting an apartment on Cathedral Hill. We often find ourselves heading to the Cathedral Hill neighborhood when we are needing a break from some of our regular restaurants over here in Nordeast. We recently heard that Cheeky Monkey’s patio was open and decided to meet my sister there for dinner.
We arrived around 6:30 p.m. and had our choice of patio seating. Our waitress quickly came, took our drink order and shared the specials with us. The three of us ordered beers (about $6/beer) and caught up. The patio area is beautiful. It’s surrounded by a wooden fence, which gives a lot of privacy from the street and creates a cozy environment.
Once we looked over the menus, it didn’t take us long to decide what we wanted to order. Maddie and I chose to split the Cheeky Burger ($11) and the Mac and Cheese ($11). Zeb went for the Pot Roast Sandwich ($9.50). We splurged and chose to split an appetizer, Cheeky Fondue ($10).
It wasn’t long before our fondue was brought out. It was delicious. Two soft pretzels with a side of melted beer cheese. The cheese had a strong boozy taste with chunks of bacon, this was a perfect pairing to the pretzels. The pretzels were wonderful. I am a huge bread person, so I loved that the pretzels were more like a pretzel bun than an Auntie Annie’s Pretzel.
We barely finished our appetizer and the our meals were being delivered. Maddie and I dove into the burger first. It was smaller than we expected, possibly because the burgers we have all become used to are quarter-pounders. Despite it’s smallness, this dainty burger did not hold back in the taste department. It was topped with caramel onions and a slice of brie. I’ve never had brie on a burger before, it was fabulous. I generally go for the bite of blue cheese or the heat of pepper jack when choosing a cheese for my burger, but brie will now be added to the rotation.
When we finished our burger, we moved onto the mac and cheese. It was pretty great. Rich, creamy mac and cheese mixed with chicken and rosemary. Three large chunks of chevre were plopped on top. I think the chevre was the star of this dish. I liked the smoothness it added.
Zeb thoroughly enjoyed his pot roast sandwich. He ordered a side of house-made blue cheese dressing to dip his fries in. The dressing was fabulous. If their blue cheese says anything, it’s that their salads must be pretty dang good. We left paying around $50 for our meal.
I’ve been to Cheeky Monkey under several different circumstances — Mother’s Day Brunch, a wine and app date with some girlfriends, and just for dinner. I’d have to say that my favorite way to experience Cheeky Monkey is with a glass of wine and an appetizer. I find the food to be delicious, but I have a hard time spending so much money on my meal. I am not sure why this is. For an occasional date night $50 is not that steep. I think it’s because it feels more like a cafe to me and $50 at a cafe is just way too much. But man, sometimes you need to throw caution to the wind and just enjoy a good meal.
Cozy patio, with lamp posts lighting up as it gets darker.
Our waitress was friendly and helpful, can’t beat that.
I was a big fan of the wire baskets and parchment paper that held our sandwiches, and could somebody please tell me where to get the tiny cast-iron that or mac was served in?
The taste was excellent. Dreaming of a brie topped burger. Yum.
Value for Dollars
I always have a hard time paying my bill at Cheeky Monkey. I think the word deli always throws me off.
But don’t take my word for it!
Cheeky Monkey Deli
525 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
Ph: (651) 224-6066
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