The Peach Cafe, Monrovia - Great find!!
Had a great meal at The Peach Café in Monrovia on Sunday. Had never been before and were walking by and decided to stop in. They have a menu which has breakfasts on one page, interesting paninis, wraps, sandwiches and salads on the other and a list of drinks on the back. Then they had “weekend specials” on a separate sheet and another 4 additional items on another. They use only the highest quality ingredients, specially blended coffee, and roast their own turkey breasts.
We sat for more than 20 minutes just deciding what we wanted to order! Mom ended up ordering the Summer Wrap which was on the specials list and consisted of chicken breast, Nueske smoked bacon, goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes all wrapped warm in a sun-dried tomato tortilla. I ordered the Monte Cristo which was also on the specials menu. They make theirs a little different than the regular MC – they have theirs on a croissant and they only batter the cut sides of the croissant (or at least this is wheat I came up with after noticing that it was not battered on the outside, but there was definitely batter there somewhere). Then they grill it a little, batter-side down and then add the turkey, ham and swiss cheese. Then it looked like they press it. You get a choice of a side - they offer breakfast potatoes (breakfast is served all day) with red onions, scallions and a touch of cream; Bourbon sweet potatoes cooked with sugar, butter and a pour of bourbon; Fresh Fruit Salad, Green Salad, French Fries or Onion Rings. We both opted for the salad – a nice blend of mixed greens, carrots, cucumbers, and scallions. I got the zesty salsa ranch dressing, but will probably opt for the vinaigrette next time.
The Monte Cristo was FANTASTIC! Not greasy at all. It came with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a side of raspberry jam. So good! Mom’s wrap was just as good with the goat cheese all melty and warm.
Everyone was so sweet. The owner came over and welcomed us and we got into a discussion about their wines. She pointed out that they have two wines from Spain, so we ordered one of each (red Finca Antigua Tempranillo 2003 $7/glass and white Vina Sila Naia 2003 $8/glass). They were both very good. The red was dry and oaky and the white was somewhat sweet and perfect for this girl.
They bake their own pies and had a good selection – Nectarine (which I have not seen before), Peach, Apple, Blueberry, and something else that I could not tell what it was. They make their own ice cream. They do not make their bar cookies, lemon, layer, jam crumble, and am not sure if they make their brownies, either.
We ordered the Nectarine, Vanilla Ice Cream and a brownie. We were in sheer heaven!! The owner told me that they put as little sugar in the pies as possible so the fruit flavor shines. It was SO good.
We really had a nice time with great staff who kept checking in on us (not annoyingly so). They have been there for 17 months now. We will definitely be back – and soon!
The Peach Café
141 E Colorado (E of Myrtle, N side of street, just past Canadian Café)
Monrovia, CA 91016
M – Th 7:30am – 3:30pm
F 7:30am – 9pm
Sat & Sun 7:30am – 4pm
We've been there to breakfast with our 2 sons (2 and 4 years old). There were other kids each time we went. Not as family friendly as the coffee shop down the street (The Monrovia Restaurant?), but you can definitely bring kids to Peach Cafe. The Blueberry Pancakes are very good, and I've seen kids enjoying hot cocoa with whipped cream.
Box dinners are a good alternative for Hollywood Bowl nights.
Sometimes the food here can be uneven, but the service is generally not a problem.
I've been there for breakfast. My reccomendations: the Hickory Maple Waffle (with bacon and corn meal) and the Blueberry Pancakes (nice touch of orange in them). Pleasant, casual place. Nice service, very Monrovia-like.