264 South 16th Street
11:30 am to 2:00 am
The cuisine is Belgian and their burgers are probably the best in Philadelphia. Go figure.
Monk's burger starts off with two things going for it. A great bun and a hand formed, loose packed patty that their kitchen can broil a precise medium rare. I usually go for the Trapist burger topped with goat cheese, tomato and onion.
Their mussels, a Belgian speciality, are also among the best in Philadelphia. The only disappointment, and I seem to be the only one who thinks so, are the frites or french fries. At any other restaurant they would be outstanding. But this is Belgium and there are no shoestring sized fries in Belgium.
But once I get started on one of their 200 beers, I stop complaining about the fries. If they've got a Belgian white, wheat beer on draught, give it a try.