I think the people that panned this restaurant must be employees of other places on Main Street and are trying to downplay a fantastic eatery. We have been to Bourbon Blue on 2 occasions for dinner and both times the food, service, and staff have been above outstanding. Tonight I had the Red Snapper BLT and it rivaled the Texas Redfish I had at Emeril's. The fish was cooked so delicately that it literally melted in my mouth and the seasoning on it was superb. My wife had the Pork Roulade which also was worthy of being called true New Orleans style cuisine. Having been to the Big Easy itself numerous times, Bourbon Blue is the closest thing to actually being there without leaving the area. Kudos to the chef for bringing the tastes of New Orleans to a local restaurant.
The back room is like stepping into a bar in Brugge, Belgium. Old wood walls, tapestries, old light fixtures, etc. The only thing different from being in Brugge is that the beer selection at Monk's is much more extensive than all but one or two bars in Brugges. Great mussels and frites and authentic Belgian cuisine a la biere. I like the Ghent mussels made with bleu cheese, bacon & leeks. The staff knows the beers well (over 200 bottled beers and 20ish draft lines). The food is great, personable staff and amazing beers. This is the longest running Belgian bar in Philadelphia, maybe the US.
I think this is the most authentic Belgian place in the US. Noted beer writer, Michael Jackson, calls it "Simply the Best Belgian Café in the United States" in his Great Beers of Belgium book. Excellent mussels and frites. Absolutely the best selection of Belgian beer in the US, plus other world class beers. Over 200 total beers and a beer savvy staff, what else could you want? BTW- the address is listed incorrectly - it's 264 S. 16th (16th & Spruce).