We own a vacation home between Boone and Banner Elk and thought we had the low-down on every restaurant in BE...but The Frog & Monkey is relatively new, and we checked it out in May 2012. It is now a "must do" for every time. From the all-fresh, mostly-local ingredients to the truly unique menu to top-shelf service, it was a perfect visit. We did "take home" food from one of Banner Elk's best restaurants the night before and paid $27 for one of our entrees. Our entire bill for dinner at Frog & Monkey was $27, and the culinary experience was every bit as good. We can't wait to go back, and in fact we're trying to figure out how to work two visits here into a three-day stay...it's that good.