When Cabo Joe’s sold off its west location, no one expected a new place to open so quickly. But within a month’s time, the beachy decor was transformed into a sleek craft beer bar complete with cocktails, wine and a fun food menu. Empty beer kegs are used as light fixtures and stacked to cover a load-bearing pole. Plenty of seating options are available including couches facing a wall of televisions, reminiscent of sportsbook bars in Las Vegas.
Brass Monkey focuses on craft beers, wine and cocktails, but keeps it casual by also offering domestics and ciders that tally up the draft count to 24. Standard appetizers like fried cheese curds and fried pickle spears are served alongside other classics with flourishes, like chipotle hummus, a cheesy, creamy spinach and kale dip, and housemade kettle chips smothered in a blue cheese béchamel sauce flecked with bacon and bleu cheese crumbles. Baby back ribs and smoked wings can be mixed and matched by the dozen and tossed in your choice of sauce: buffalo, suicide, garlic parmesan, general Tsao, smoky BBQ and lemon pepper. Eight flatbreads are served, but the most popular ones are the Reuben (corned beef, sauerkraut, sriracha Thousand Island dressing) and Brat (sliced bratwurst, sauerkraut, cheese curds, stone ground mustard).
An intriguing variety of grilled cheese sandwiches are served with your choice of side that can include kettle chips, sweet potato fries, salad, or a cup of creamy roasted red pepper and tomato soup (not vegetarian). The true grilled cheese option is called Southern Style with American and cheddar cheese and sweet butter. The rest are heartier options that include a breakfast-inspired number, a patty melt (beef patty, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and Tabasco mayo on rye), tri-tip beef, smoked turkey with pesto and B & T with pecan-smoked bacon.
Dessert is just as fun as the rest of the menu when cinnamon sugar tops a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a bed of red velvet funnel cake.
3233 N. Mesa, 915-544-2424, Facebook & Instagram, Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., $4-32, Vegetarian friendly.