Monk’s at the Wilderness is part of a famous Dells establishment, Monk’s. The original restaurant, Monk’s Bar & Grill, got its start downtown in 1947 and became famous for its burgers, lovingly prepared on a seasoned, eventually aged, grill. Monk’s at the Wilderness came on the scene several decades later.
This means its grill isn’t seasoned with 70 years’ worth of grease. Some customers say the burgers aren’t as good. Maybe they’re not; maybe it’s just in their heads. Still, the spacious restaurant, which is filled with TVs, serves up awfully good stuff.
Like the Classic Reuben: marble rye stuffed with corned beef or turkey, then topped with zesty Monk’s sauce, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Or the popular El Cubano: pulled pork carnitas and sliced ham with Swiss cheese, pickles and secret brown mustard (gotta love secret mustards). The menu also contains salads, burgers, wraps, pizza and a handful of entrees.
Got the kids in tow? Ask for the special kids’ menu, which is served on a souvenir Frisbee. Sodas include Sprecher root beer.
Seasonal live entertainment is available, as are carry-outs.