Janelle Rominski, NBC5 Street Team (Video)
A hip, new, urban-style restaurant opened in the northern suburb of Gurnee, Illinois this week. The Monkey Dish Bar & Grill, owned by Phil Marienthal and Dave Potesta opened on Tuesday, April 17th. Located on the northeast corner of Grand Avenue and Dilleys Road – Monkey Dish brings a new vibe to this suburb otherwise full of chain restaurants.
The name Monkey Dish stands for the restaurant term for a small bowl; however, there is nothing small about this place. When you walk in the door, you will see a huge non-smoking dining room to your right and a large bar/dining room – smoking section to your left. The dining room has exposed ceilings and gorgeous, colorful lighting fixtures, as well as an enormous artistic mural. The bar also has a mural stretching the entire length of the room, flat screen televisions, and a grill in the front of the bar where the appetizers are made.
Every table gets an unlimited amount of the restaurant’s signature cheesy monkey bread with an herbed garlic dipping sauce that is actually served in a monkey dish. For an appetizer – I chose the warm artichoke cheese dip which was amazing and full of flavor. It was served with pita chips so you could dig in to the dip without the chip breaking apart.
Slideshow: Monkey Dish Bar & Grill
My main course was the Penne Alla Roma which consisted of penne pasta tossed with garlic, olive oil, fire-roasted eggplant, pine nuts, golden raisins, Kalamata olives, zucchini, hot peppers and parmesan cheese – definitely a great array of flavors. My dessert choice was the double chocolate tower which stood at least six inches tall on the plate and was accompanied by caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.
The bar serves their own signature cocktails and martinis such as The Funky Monkey (Rum and Citrus), Mojito Frescos and my favorite, the Scarlet O’Hara martini that contained Skyy Berry Vodka, Chambord Liqueur, pomegranate juice, fresh citrus squeeze and champagne float. The bar also serves traditional domestic beers and malt beverages.
Monkey Dish Bar & Grill Information
Address: 5572 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031
Hours: Monday-Thursday : 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday-Saturday : 11 a.m. -1 a.m.
Sunday : 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Special thanks to Denise O’Handley (Monkey Dish Public Relations), Owners Phil Marienthal & Dave Potesta and my friend Tina who came to Monkey Dish with me for dinner.
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