Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of hamburgers, fresh salads, and casual American fare at Monkey Burger, located in the Williams Centre.
Monkey Burger's menu boasts a variety of two-handed nibbles. Burgers crafted from 100% natural Angus-beef patties sleep between soft, fresh rolls from Tucson's own Viro’s Bakery and snuggle with heaps of toppings. Chef Mattie's Monkey ($9.50) comes packed with roasted poblano peppers, sautéed mushrooms and onions, lettuce and tomato, bacon, and a bi-cheese blend of cheddar and swiss, and the Plymouth ($8.50) is made with turkey, smoked mozzarella cheese, sundried tomato, shredded lettuce, and avocado pesto. Vegetarians appreciate the portobello-based patty on the VegHead burger ($7.50). Salad options include baby spinach dressed with honey dijon ($6.50), grilled chicken and Granny Smith apples ($8.50), and mixed greens with goat-cheese crumbles and heavily buttered croutons ($6.50).
Chef Matthew Stricker's casual cuisine is created from fresh produce and natural ingredients and combined with signature spices and gourmet toppings. With daily hours, Monkey Burger is an ideal stop to quash midday cravings, stock up on picnic-basket-friendly fare, or carefully preserve dishwasher soap due to lack of utensils.
Monkey Burger has great reviews from Tucson Weekly and the Arizona Daily Star. Four Google Maps users give the eatery a 4.5-star average, and Yelpers give it a solid three. Seventy-seven percent of more than 300 Urbanspooners recommend it.
- Those sides are led by the delectable, waffle-cut sweet-potato fries. They're savory, slightly sweet and oh-so-good. The thin-cut, lightly seasoned fries are also tasty, though the salt level can vary… – Jimmy Boegle, Tucson Weekly
- It was a little disappointing to hear the kitchen was out of spinach for the Vegas Baby! burger, which also comes topped with merlot onions and Gruyère cheese. The Chef Mattie's Monkey burger was a delicious substitute. The combination of roasted poblano peppers, sautéed mushrooms and onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheese was sensational. – Tiffany Kimmell, Arizona Daily Star
- It's not often a new restaurant opens and I remain impressed upon returning. Monkey Burger rocks! The food is always fresh, tasty and the setting is fun in a funky urban kind of way. If you haven't tried this burger feast, get yourself there before the end of the week! – Eric Galbreath, Urbanspoon