Ate there earlier tonight. Great place. Second time there. Traveled 45 minutes from Naperville to eat there. Good thing I made reservation in advance, as there was an 1 1/2 hour wait when we arrived. We had an appetizer of hot pretzel with 3 different sauces. Yummy! For dinner, I had a unique chicken sandwich and my wife had a fabulous burger. Both were tasty! We shared a beer sampler, 6 glasses, of the Lucky Monk's home brew(s). We enjoyed all 6, as they were different ! We finished our meal with dessert, large homemade brownie, tasty and soft, with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. After we finished, we stayed till 10:30 PM and the restaurant, lounge, and bar were still filled with people. Our bill was fair. We plan to go back again soon !!!
My experience at the Lucky Monk was similar to my experience with the Chicago Bears this year. In both instances my expectations were so high that a let down was inevitable.
When I heard a place called "The Lucky Monk" was opening, I was very excited. I envisioned a brewery like Ommegang, brewing awesome belgian styles right here in the states. But, not so much.
There are currently six house beers on tap. The "Cardinal Sin" is a Czech style pilsner, the "Gr'ale" is a Belgian stytle amber, and the "Tritico" is a Hefeweizen. They also have a "Pale Belgian style", "Pal's Porter", and a "Holiday Bock".
I tried all of the beers except the Cardinal Sin. The Gr'ale had a caramel taste and finished clean, but it tasted green and had little head. The Pale Belgian was better, but also needed more conditioning. The Porter was even better and had a strong scent and taste of coffee, but it was slightly thin. The Bock was enjoyable with its foamy feel and smokey taste. All of the beers were 5% except for the 6% Porter, and the 7% Bock.
The guest taps and bottle selection are great including, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Half Acre, Ommegang, Victory, and many imported Belgians.
The food is mostly pub food, pizzas and burgers. The staff is great, friendly and attentive.
None of the beers was bad, but I feel if you are going to call your place "The Lucky Monk", you should at least brew a dubbel or tripel. Still a nice place that is worthy of a visit.