Mystery Diner: Wild Monk Elevates Gastropub Offerings

When eating out, it is a rare find that strikes the perfect balance between upscale cuisine and casual comfort, but downtown La Grange gastropub Wild Monk does just that.

I recently ventured to the restaurant and bar for dinner on a Friday evening. The dining room, which remained full throughout the night, is minimalist, yet cozy, with a wood floor and booths, metal stools and exposed-bulb light fixtures. Televisions lined the walls, playing baseball and basketball, so no one was missing the game.

We took our time placing our drink orders, perusing the expansive menu, which includes over 30 draft beers and even more bottled brews, as well as an array of signature cocktails and select wines, whiskeys, bourbons and Scotches.

Wild Monk Chef Mentors Middle School Students

Wild Monk Kitchen “Peppered With Young Talent”
Executive Chef Franke Vasquez Mentors Middle Schoolers

LaGrange, IL – – October 21, 2014 – – Wild Monk – – the lively gastropub sibling of award-winning prasino LaGrange – – was “peppered” with young talent last week, welcoming a group of students from Gurrie Middle School in La Grange to cook alongside executive chef, Franke Vasquez, using fresh produce grown in the School garden.

Gurrie Middle School teacher Steve Driscoll, (and a regular customer at Wild Monk), approached Chef Franke with chili peppers that the students had grown last summer and early this school year. He asked if they could be incorporated into a dish that the students

Drink this: Corpse Bride

The Corpse Bride: In the suburb of La Grange, craft beer, bites and high-caliber cocktails can be found at Wild Monk, a modern gastro pub with hip accouterments (check out the wall of shiny silver bottle caps) and a warm, communal atmosphere. Dining and drinking options include an array of small plates, large plates and a brunch special with a loaded bloody mary bar, but make sure to save room for a different cocktail. The Corpse Bride is especially tantalizing: a perfect amalgam of Martin Miller's Gin, Lillet rosé (a French aperitif with the aroma of flowers and ripe berries), Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and fresh lemon juice. The combination of ingredients is similar to that of a Corpse Reviver #2, but the added notes of fruit and herb from the rosé give the $11 Corpse Bride its own whimsical and delectable touch. 88 S. La Grange Road, La Grange; ,

Spirited Choices - Three Great Cocktails ...

The Mastic Tree | Café Amano | Elmhurst

2 oz. Effen Cucumber Vodka
1.5 oz. Homericon Liquor
Splash of fresh lemon juice
English cucumber (for muddling and garnish)