Since Working for “Out On the Town” Entertainment Paper, I have been aggressively exploring the culinary landscape in and around the Philadelphia area. This issue my very selective palette has taken me to a fine establishment named “Three Monkey’s Café”, it is located just across the street of the Torresdale Train Station, in far northeast Philly.
“Three Monkey’s Café” opened its doors on August 25, 2005, on the corner of Torresdale Station & Monkey Court, it was started by a few crazy guys, with a dream of bringing fine cuisine, a relaxing atmosphere and exotics cocktails to our area. “Gavin Wolfe”, “Mike McDonald” & “Ed McDonald” (northeast Philly residents), revitalized a former Torresdale antiques building into a one of a kind experience that this foodie will never focking forget. My boy “Ed Hall” is currently the manager on duty and he keeps this place running like a well oiled machine.
Let me break it down for you, “Three Monkey’s Café” consist of several areas for eating, drinking & entertaining friends or co-workers. They have the “The Monkey Court” (outside courtyard retreat), “Tree Bar” (outside tropical frozen cocktail bar), “Turn of the Century Bar” (inside 1890’s craft brew bar) & the “Risdon Ferry Dining Room” (inside Victorian formal elegant dining room). When you plant yourself inside or outside of this amazing place, you can order any cocktail, craft brew or blackboard special. But, I suggest you walk around and experience the entire complex.
As I entered the wonderful eye catching outside café, with the superb landscaping, my eyes & mind were mesmerized by the ambiance that reminded me of a relaxing “Margaritaville” or lazy “Key West” open air beach bar. This area consist of a 5 foot brass monkey water fountain, numerous tall arching trees, a large mosaic mirror art work, beach umbrella table seating areas and a custom “Three Monkey’s Café” painting of the 3 owners & patrons all being portrayed as monkeys (it’s so focking awesome, I freakin luv it).
My dining experience started with a few cocktails (Jack Daniels & Diet Coke), by a hilarious & spunky professional bartender named “Isabella”. The liquid tasting was now on, cause “Three Monkey’s Café” has many signature cocktails that your must try, like their “Primate Punch”, “Monkeytini” and the “Horny Monkey”. Also, if you are a wine connoisseur, you have to try the all new extended wine list, which includes selective California wines, along with an extensive list of whites, blushes & reds.
As the amazing aroma was taking over my stomach, I then knew it was time for dining. So, two very organized hostesses (Brooke & Kimmie), made sure I was being seated promptly as they seen my look of hunger. Kellie Anne (my waitress for da evening) started me off with a warm cup of “Pepper Steak Soup”. What a way to start my meal, this thick savory soup with chunks of steak, fresh cut onions, red & green peppers, was to die for, seriously. For a salad, my crazy azz decided to challenge the “Bucatini Ensalada”. WoW, is all I can say at this point, cause this was superb with homemade bucatini mozzarella, farm fresh Jersey tomatoes, chiffonade of basil with balsamic & truffle drizzle. This was a righteous start to my main entrée, which was yet to come.
My main course selection of “Sicilian Shrimp” was a perfect choice, with sautéed jumbo shrimp, sundried tomatoes, fresh spinach, capers, garlic shallots in an aioli sauce, all served over a parmesan risotto. OMFG, this was a perfect blend of proteins, spices and carbs, as it was a visual masterpiece. This meal was so freakin amazing, I just had to meet the chef and his fine staff, so I could give them my deepest thanks.
When finishing up your scrumptious meal, please ask your waitress about the world famous “Monkey Bread”, don’t leave without tasting this tantalizing treat. You may just wanna chill and wash it down with a few signature “Three Monkey’s Café” cocktails, it’s the perfect ending to a hectic day. This place is da boom, for real deal people.
Special thanks go out to “Chef Mark” & “Chef Karl”, along with their fine staff of “Fatih”, “Edwardo” & “Jay”. All of you guys work together in a harmonious fashion, as you pump out some of NE Philly’s most spectacular food. I am seriously looking forward to the all new fall specials & fall menu starting on October 1st, with “$3 Monkey Martini’s”, I am so sure it will be totally insane.
The outside “Tree Bar” has just recently got a tropical makeover, complete with removable insolated walls, as it will now be open all year round. “Three Monkey’s Café” has numerous cocktail and private party packages available for customizing to your needs. Give my girl “Jackie Dillion” a call, at 267.622.1702, with all your banquet or party specifications.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 29th, “Three Monkey’s Café” is hosting “Oktoberfest 2012”, with sum awesome craft beer and drink specials, along with live entertainment. If you luv the fall and the holiday seasons, you gotta try the “Pumpkin Spice Beers” that will be on hand for your tasting.
On your visit to “Three Monkey’s Café”, make sure you always check out the “Black Board Specials”, there are some amazing daily chef specials that you will not find on your menu. Also, on Saturdays & Sundays (7am – 3pm), you got to swing by for their “Weekend Brunch Menu”, with sum appealing dishes such as “Tuscan Omelet’s”, “Cinnamon Bun French Toast” & “Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes”. What a way to start your weekend morning.
I’ve had some great meals, at many places around this town, but I must say, ““Three Monkey’s Café” is a hidden gem, that captures your heart, mind & taste palette, All while transporting you into a relaxing atmosphere”. You must include this sensational place on your bucket list and check it out as soon as possible. When you go, make sure you tell them your boy “Roundhouse Ron” sent you ;-}
Please stop by “Three Monkey’s Café”, 9645 James Street, Philadelphia, PA 19114, 215.637.6665, www.3MonkeysCafe.com, they can also be found on social media @ either facebook or twitter, just go to: “Three Monkey’s Café”. “Eat, Drink & Be Monkey”