A restaurant and bar offering daily specials that is less than two miles from one’s workplace seems like a natural Happy Hour choice, right?
It does. So I don’t know why I haven’t visited Roger Monk’s for Happy Hour more often.
Apparently “back in the day” (e.g., over three years ago), Roger Monk’s used to be Lord Fox. But I wouldn’t know much about that because I never visited Lord Fox. I only visited once before, maybe a year and a half ago, when the establishment had already undergone its transformation into Roger Monk’s.
Last time I visited, it was for a work-sponsored gathering and I tried a whole slew of appetizers with my wine. Some were good, some were great, and some were not-so-great.
My most recent visit was Megan-sponsored, which was why we visited during Happy Hour, to take advantage of the deals from 4:00-6:00 PM (and I found out they also happen again after 9:00 PM).
Basically, five is the magic number at Happy Hour, with $5 cocktails and appetizers. My Happy Hour companion and I ordered a citrus cocktail and a margarita on the rocks with salt, respectively, to start. We picked a bright sunny table in front of a large picture window at the front of the cozy house-turned-restaurant. Very quaint.
Roger Monk’s sweet potato fries were awesome! I loved the two unique dipping sauces on the side, including a creamy cinnamon sugar dip, and a mustard-y mayo dip.
The chicken satay with peanut sauce appetizer was not what I expected and overpriced, at $5 for a couple ounces of chicken. The chicken was seasoned well, and the peanut sauce was tasty, but the chicken was overcooked.
We initially ordered two apps, but eventually decided to order a third right before happy hour ended a 6:00 PM, which was the meatball appetizer, with a sweet, tangy cherry glaze. These were really good!
Our service was fairly good, but a bit on the slow side toward the end of our visit.
All in all, Roger Monk’s offers a nice casual alternative to some of the more upscale options around Ann Arbor.
I’m happy to have another option to add to my usually Happy Hour rotation!