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Foodie Review: Once you've tried The Hungry Monk, you'll join the order

The Hungry Monk’s Chicken Caesar Wrap comes with Bacon’d Cole Slaw. (Courtesy/Archie)

The Hungry Monk’s Chicken Caesar Wrap comes with Bacon’d Cole Slaw. (Courtesy/Archie)

Did you say you like bacon??? Then drop by The Hungry Monk at 218 W. Goodwin St. in Prescott. While bacon certainly isn't the only thing on the menu, it is a feature item at this Eatery and Taproom. They have a very interesting comfort food menu with rotating entrees, appetizers (called small bites & shareables) salads, sliders, wraps, burgers, craft entrees and their signature items.

To whet your bacon appetite think of the Bacon Taco, Jalapeno Bacon Meatloaf, Bacon'd Cole Slaw, Bacon Swiss Guacamole Burger and many other tasty items. We happened in on a Taco Tuesday with four different kinds of tacos for $2 each and $2 Mexican beers. In addition to the Mexican beers they feature 39 specialty/craft beers and 26 of those are on draft. They have a good selection of house wines for $5 per glass. A small wine list with prices ranging from $19 to 28 per bottle or $7 to 9 per glass. Oh, and did I mention 27 different whiskies and specialty drinks? Their "Happiness Hour" is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They of course have coffee, brewed iced tea, soft drinks; raspberry iced tea and specialty root beers as well.

Menu items range from $3.50 to $18.50 for Herb Crusted Prime Rib, a specialty on Saturdays. Most appetizers are big enough for a meal, and they have quite a variety. For my meal selection I went with two appetizers and a half Pub Garden Salad for $4. It was a very generous portion with house made bleu cheese dressing which was delicious with chunks of bleu cheese. One appetizer was the Steak Bites, a half pound of sirloin pieces marinated in stout, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar cooked as you like it and served with house made stout steak sauce and creamy horseradish sauce. The horseradish sauce was outstanding and really packed a wallop. A must have if you like horseradish. My other appetizer was fried mushrooms, dipped in a beer batter and quickly fried. The mushrooms were huge, crispy on the outside, perfectly cooked and there was enough for two. My wife had the Chicken Caesar Wrap, which consisted of grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese and a light portion of Caesar dressing wrapped in a jumbo tortilla. A delightful dish served with Bacon'd Cole Slaw; imagine the best cole slaw you have ever tried and then add bacon. What's not to like?

The desserts were not on the menu and they only had a couple. We shared an Oreo Layer Cup. Simple but delicious, a layer of chocolate pudding, whipped cream, crumbled Oreo cookies and more whipped cream on top. A chocolate lover's dream.

Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, The Hungry Monk should definitely be on your radar. Their menu truly has something for everyone and will not do much damage to your wallet. Their portions are good sized and their prices are reasonable. If you want something a little different you should give it a try.

- Archie

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