We have arrived in Tucson in time for what we have been told is the third longest cold steak in the city’s history. Overnight temps are in the low 20’s (BRRRR) and daytime temps barely hit the fifties. We used to claim that we come from “hardy Midwestern stock” but, in our fifth year of winter avoidance, we have gotten soft. So our favorite form of recreation is indoors—eating.
I found Arizona Foothills Magazine’s list of the fifteen best restaurants for 2012 and among those listed was a place called Monkey Burger. When you think about it, not a name to get the juices flowing. But, after reading Shannon North’s comments, I reconsidered and added it to our list of places to visit. “Situated in an unassuming spot in Tucson’s Williams Center, it would be easy to miss the popular Monkey Burger, if not for the scent of fresh fries and grilling burgers wafting onto the street.
Burgers here are true food artistry. Thanks to 100% Angus beef from Harris Ranch and fresh buns from Tucson’s Vero bakery, Monkey Burger boasts the perfect canvas on which to build their divine burgers…” (arizonafoothillsmagazine.com).
And then I read that Metromix, the country's largest online food and entertainment guide, named Tucson's Monkey Burger one of the top 22 hamburger restaurants in the country….
Monkey Burger was the youngest of the top restaurants and was lauded for ‘serving gourmet burgers with a hip flavor flair’" (azstarnet.com).
I don’t know which came first—the name or the artist. After extensive research (maybe ten minutes), I couldn’t find the reason for the name. Did the owner have a good friend who was really good at painting monkeys and giant winged hamburgers? We’ll never know.
The space could best be described as stylish casual and a step up from your standard “order-at-the-counter” burger joint. You do place your order at the
Knowing my love of spicy food, you might think that I ordered the Madness. You’d be wrong. Instead I selected the True Blue with blue cheese, caramelized onions, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.