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Don’t you love cute downtown cafes? I do, especially those that offer fresh, delicious meals AND have vegan options.
In Downtown Joplin MO, a new restaurant is getting rave reviews and repeat diners who are enjoying the fun laid back atmosphere and the scrumptious food.
I got to try The Hungry Monkey over the weekend for the first time and I was not disappointed!
The Hungry Monkey
This island inspired eatery, located at 905 S Main Street, offers freshly prepared tacos, sandwich melts, wraps and poke bowls along with Hawaiian shaved ice, cocktails and mocktails.
Owner Daniel Campbell worked in the food industry in Maui for more than a decade and also worked with Ritz Carlton before specializing in small restaurants and food trucks. He recently moved to Joplin with the desire to create a fun place to eat.
There are tables for dining in the cute, island themed interior and a counter with barstools. The restaurant is clean and filled with light from the large front windows. Help yourself to ice water near the order counter or choose from an assortment of drink options.
Poke bowls, a staple of the restaurant, are a popular rice and fish dish in Hawaii. Seasoned with onions and soy sauce, poke bowls feature an assortment of veggies along with a protein of choice and often seaweed.
At The Hungry Monkey you can order a particular poke bowl or create your own.
What I Ordered at The Hungry Monkey
I love a good poke bowl because I can eliminate the fish or other meat proteins and substitute tofu or omit protein completely.
For my first Hungry Monkey meal I ordered a poke bowl with rice, veggies, avocado, seaweed, onion, jalapenos and grilled tofu. It was SO fresh and delicious. And even though I ordered a small bowl, I took home leftovers to enjoy the next day.
I added an unsweet tea to my meal as well.
I’ll Be Back!
I enjoyed this fun restaurant. There are so many options for meals and choices for what you want in those meals. I’m looking forward to going back and trying the veggie wrap and the Hawaiian shaved ice.
If you are in the Joplin Missouri area, stop by The Hungry Monkey. They are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 – 6:00, Friday and Saturday 11:00 – 8:00 and closed on Sunday and Tuesday.
You can dine in, order for curbside pickup or receive no contact deliveries.
Have you had a poke bowl? What was in your bowl?
Check out more fun things to do in Joplin MO HERE!
Interested in making your own poke bowls? Order this book.
Or make this easy Quinoa and Broccoli Bowl!
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