Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thirsty Monk South, South Asheville Brew Pub


I know its hard to believe but I finally went to the Thirsty Monk for the first time.  I don't get out as much as I thought apparently!  My wife wanted a movie night and suggested that we stop at Thirsty Monk South prior to viewing the movie.  Its conveniently located off Hendersonville Road in Gerber Village across the parking lot from Frankie Bones.  South Asheville has more and more dining opportunities for those living, shopping or movie watching out that way so its a good location for a second store.


Thirsty Monk is one of several local dining spots that chose to set up a second restaurant in South Asheville. They join names such as Tupelo Honey, Fiore's and one of the newest Green Sage to set up in the hot spot we call South.

Thirsty Monk is known for the variety of beer they have on tap and in the bottle.  The downtown and South locations do not mimic each other with every beer they carry offering a little specificity to each location.  South does have few choices over all but with nearly 30 brews on tap along with the bottle selection - there's a good chance that you will find a brew of your choosing still.

My wife and I
The food menu at South is different from downtown as well.  Using the extra space to now make brewing possible at South, the food is created by Frankie Bones.  We just let the bartender know what we wanted and he rang it in.  Within 10 - 15 minutes our food arrived by special carrier who brings the food over already plated in a thermal wrap.  While the food is not piping hot, it is hot and good.  Frankie Bones has a special menu created for Thirsty Monk South and keeps the options interesting and prepared well.
Monk Bread
We ordered a few items to sample through the menu and share with each other.  The Monk Bread, french bread baked with mozzerella and creamy herbed tomato sauce, was a good start for us.  The flavors were basic but very good.  Your choice or 1/4 loaf for $3.50 or 1/2 loaf for $6.00 - a good price either way.  We weren't sure if we would like the Steak Frite ($7.50) that boasted being topped with housemade mozzerella and pork gravy - but I couldn't quit eating them long after I was full.  Talk about your comfort foods!
Steak Frites
We also tried the Fish Tacos and loved them.  Lightly floured white fish that is fried in a flour tortilla with lettuce, spicy cajun ranch, pico de gallo and sour cream with polenta cakes on the side.  For the $6.00 price tag, it was a steal with plenty to eat on the plate.  We also tried the Tempura Lobster that is served on skewers, lightly fried in tempura batter with a sweet thai-chili sauce.  The flavors were good but it could have been a little hotter (temerature).  At $13.50 it was not the bargain we had in the fish tacos.

Fish Tacos
Thirsty Monk South along with a variety of beer opportunities and a good menu selection allows you to decide whether you want to dine (or drink) inside or out side.  If you are looking for a good watering hole that provides good food in South Asheville, look no further.
Tempura Lobster

Contact Information

Thirsty Monk South
(828) 505-4564
1836 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28803

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Thirsty Monk Downtown Asheville
(828) 254-5470
92 Patton Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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