Jealous Monk, A Biergarten in Mystic


We spied this spot after a movie at Mystic Cinema but had a little too much popcorn at the luxe new theater to consider a dinner of bratwurst. On our next visit, we learned it’s more bar than restaurant, but a super fun and kid-friendly one. Biergarten is the correct term, owing to the 30+ beers on tap and over 100 bottles from around the world. There’s wine on tap, too, but this is a place to give in to the carbs. After my husband picked out a fresh Pilsner for me (sorry, I am NO aficionado), we noshed happily on fat and crispy Belgian frites, a ginormous pretzel (frankly, could have had two) with assorted dipping sauces, amazing Buffalo deviled eggs, a charcuterie plate (the weakest of the apps) and wings (just because). For dinner, the four of us shared the various house-made wursts: a chipotle polish sausage with fresh slaw and a bratwurst with pungent kraut. All quite good! We didn’t save room for dessert but had it anyway: S’mores served with their own teeny grill, tableside. We arrived with the early birds at 5:30 but the place filled up with young ‘uns and hipsters by the time we were waddling out. Best for the beer-obsessed, but for fun for all of us.

Good to know: grab a table, but order everything at the bar, service is fast and friendly. Outdoor tables with fire-pits are popular so snag one early. Sports enthusiasts will love the giant TV’s including one just for what’s fresh and on tap.

Olde Mistick Village

Jealous Monk S'mores

Jealous Monk Interior