Burgers, pizza and craft beer at The Lucky Monk

Who doesn’t want a good meal, with friendly service, in a comfortable atmosphere, all for a good price? Residents in South Barrington have all that and more at The Lucky Monk, a relatively new establishment specializing in burgers, pizzas and home-brewed ales.

With a multitude of large screen TVs, plush couches in its bar/lounge area and the house brews, The Lucky Monk may seem more accommodating to a 20-something crowd. But its menu options, large booths and friendly staff also make it a great family destination. Bring your appetites because the restaurant’s generous portions and delicious desserts are sure to satisfy.

We started with appetizers to share. The Warm Pretzel Trio with three different dipping sauces was an immediate hit as I double-dipped in the herbed butter, while my sons loved the pizza sauce. We also enjoyed a wood-fired margherita pizza before our burgers arrived.

In addition to a great selection of toppings, The Lucky Monk offers its prime beef burgers in two sizes (6 oz. and 9 oz.), making it easier to order to all ages and appetites. The Bourbon Stout with cheddar, braised onions and tomato was juicy and cooked exactly to order. Burgers are served with thin-cut and perfectly seasoned fries. Definitely not health food, but certainly delicious.

Young children might prefer to order from the Kids’ Menu, with choices such as pizza, chicken fingers or mac& cheese. Choose fries or fresh veggies for a healthier option. Priced at $4.95, including drink, these meals are a hit for mom and dad, too. In fact, prices on the main menu are also affordable, especially considering the portions. Even the 9 oz. burgers are under $11.

You can definitely afford the desserts, which is lucky because they’re well-made and served to share. From the warm and gooey plate of chocolate chip cookies to the Skillet S’mores, chocolate lovers will find much to make them happy. The house-made key lime pie is also a winner.

The Lucky Monk is a great addition to the northwest suburbs and worth the drive for those of us a little farther away.

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