This past Friday I went to the Copper Monkey in Gainesville for lunch. It is a restaurant that is highly recommended by my work mates, so we went there.
This is basically a burger sports grill. The offerings are what you would typically find. One of my coworkers calls it the best burger in Gainesville… I disagree, but that is probably a matter of taste.
We were a group of six, three of us having never been there before. Those three were also from China and had not really been to the typical American sports bar, so that was interesting and kind of fun to share.
We all ordered burgers, and the host of the meal also ordered an appetizer of twenty wings… I think they did pretty well with these. I feel that they were baked as apposed to being deep fried, which I consider to be a superior method. The sauce was applied just right… not too weak, and not so much that the wings were swimming in it. They were ordered with a medium hot sauce, which I consider way too weak, but the taste was good regardless.
Moving on to the burger, I ordered the “University Avenue Burger”. This is a burger that comes with sauteed onions and mushrooms, plus onions, lettuce, and pickle. Fries were also included in the basket. The fries were actually pretty decent… standard sized fries that held up throughout the meal without getting soggy or hard. The burger had good meat in it, but I feel that they are missing something in the mix. It needs a bit more salt to really bring out the flavor of the meat.
It is good food, don’t get me wrong, but I can not label these burgers as the best in Gainesville. I feel that there are better out there.
The Copper Monkey is located at 1700 West University Avenue.