There’s Something for Everyone at This Neighborhood Favorite
When it comes to great food in a relaxing atmosphere, recently opened Ginger Monkey (GM) isn’t monkeying around. Doug Collins and Jackson Armstrong made the leap and opened GM this past October after talking about it periodically during their 15-year friendship. During that time, each of them worked in some aspect of the restaurant industry. With Jackson’s nickname being Ginger, and Doug’s being Monkey for his playful personality, it only seemed fitting they’d name their first restaurant accordingly.
From both of their collective restaurant experiences, they implemented a well thought-out plan, doing most of the build-out themselves, including the unique bathrooms. GM offers a kids’ area, a dog friendly patio, a game area, 30 televisions, an open dining area, comfortable large booths, and oversized patio areas with fire tables. Not to mention the 30 beers on tap and the impressive wine list. They also have a wonderfully creative chef turning out delicious dishes that will please all types of palates.
“Ginger Monkey has something for everyone, whether its a family coming in for dinner, the gals getting together to watch The Bachelor, sport enthusiasts wanting to enjoy a game, professionals stopping in for Monkey Hour, or foodies enjoying the diverse menu,” explains Jackson.
Offering a casual atmosphere with upscale menu items at affordable prices, I was pleasantly surprised at the selection and delicious dishes. For starters, I sampled the pesto deviled eggs with pancetta bacon, which are incredibly good. The Chianti braised short ribs with spinach asiago sun dried tomato risotto was also delicious, and I thoroughly enjoyed the crab cake, which was extremely moist. Also be sure to stop in on Taco Tuesday to enjoy some tasty tacos like the spicy buffalo chicken taco and the short rib taco.
Chef Meghan Knowles is the perfect complement for GM’s team, having graduated in 1999 from Scottsdale Culinary Institute before going on to work at Roy’s in Hawaii and, later, T. Cook’s in Scottsdale. She’s extremely talented and creates amazing cuisine that will have you returning for more.
“We want to serve different types of food that stand out from what is normally found,” shares Chef Meghan. “All our items are made from scratch.”
Save room for dessert, as you won’t want to miss indulging in their Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar with vanilla bean ice cream. Scrumptious! Or, if you are not into chocolate, other options include heavenly lace cannolis, a key lime tart, three cheesecakes and an apple fritter monkey bread, just to name a few.
A Place for All
Furry friends are welcome, with a patio all their own, and Elway’s drinking fountain (named after Jackson’s French bulldog). The K9 dog menu offers a Pup Patty of ground meat and rice; the Hambarker Helper with ground beef, gravy and veggies; Salmon with rice and veggies; and the Bark Bowl that has scrambled eggs with chicken and beef.
Doug sums it up nicely stating, “We want to be the place where people can come together and celebrate good times and share their tough times. GM is a place everyone is welcome, whether it’s to enjoy a flatbread pizza or steak in the bar or out on the patio, watch a game, or enjoy brunch on the weekends, we have something for everyone.”
135 W. Ocotillo Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85248