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Cheeky Monkey

Map & Directions 525 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
  • American, Deli
  • Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • Lot Available, Street


City Pages' Description

At Cheeky Monkey, the sandwich is king. And several of its offerings are good enough to elevate the humble, handheld snack out of its lowly lunch-bucket to take its place at the dinner table. Onetime Zander cook Matt McArthur heads the kitchen at this cheerful, affordable, self-service eatery and a dozen-plus sandwiches, all priced at $7 or less, make up the core of the menu. The best are those that seem to contain everything but the kitchen sink. The Cuban, for example, is filled with smoked ham, shredded pork, and sweet pickles, all glued together with mustard and gooey Swiss cheese. And the bread is perfectly toasted, with its thin crust replicating the delightful crunch of tucking a few potato chips into a sandwich. The New Orleans-style muffuletta is another grand mash-up: two kinds of ham, salami, and provolone spread with a zesty olive giardiniera and stuffed into a ciabatta roll. They also serve braised meat entrees with sides, such as seasonal greens or bacon-topped grits, but we prefer the handheld offerings.

Member Reviews

  • oldsorb wrote a review for Cheeky Monkey
    on 10/05/12

    We had a brand new server and she was not able to tell us anything about the menu. Three questions and no clue. This is a small menu and she should have been trained better.

    The food was average to poor. The shrimp tacos were bland and the tortillas were dry, the meatloaf sandwich was salty, dry, and over powered with Dijon mustard. The homemade chips were so greasy they were uneatable.

  • thomaswilliamhoward wrote a review for Cheeky Monkey
    on 08/16/10

    Try a little dish if their homemade pickles as a side for one of the great sandwiches.

  • johnkuehl233 wrote a review for Cheeky Monkey
    on 11/06/09

    The sandwiches here are great, as are the desserts and homemade potato chips.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Heavy Table on 08/02/09

    Get the Pressed Cuban Sandwich: packed with a meaty and rich hunk of cumin pork, smoked ham, swiss cheese, pickles, tangy mustard, and mayo.

  • Ellery L. on 02/17/10

    The best place for lunch. Hands down.

  • Rusty on 01/07/10

    The Cuban sandwich rules!

  • jklietsch on 09/10/11

    Check out the back patio

  • Sarah H. on 11/22/10

    if you want a good filling yet light lunch go for the shrimp roll sandwich...super tasty & not heavy or too filling.

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