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The Peach Cafe, Monrovia - Great find!!

WildSwede Aug 29, 2006 05:20 PM

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
(626) 599-9092
www.thepeachcafe.com
M – Th 7:30am – 3:30pm
F 7:30am – 9pm
Sat & Sun 7:30am – 4pm

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  1. David Kahn RE: WildSwede Aug 29, 2006 06:24 PM

    Nice review. Thanks.

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      slacker RE: WildSwede Aug 29, 2006 06:44 PM

      Thanks for posting and your review. Definitely something to add to my list of options.
      Regarding the Monte Cristo, have you tried the one at Crepe Vine? I'm wondering how it compares.

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        WildSwede RE: slacker Aug 30, 2006 02:07 PM

        Hmmm, no. I have not been to the Crepe Vine yet (although I always pass it on the way to Noodle World). I will have to give it a try. Thanks!

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          Minimang RE: WildSwede Jan 18, 2008 03:39 PM

          If you go, get the tare tare...it is to die for!!!

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        burbankfoodie RE: WildSwede Aug 29, 2006 07:51 PM

        Still a little new to Chowhound so not sure if people typically ask these types of questions, but.. is this a family-friendly place? Sounds really good and would be a great place to meet up with some friends that live out that way... thanks.

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          dette RE: burbankfoodie Aug 30, 2006 12:55 AM

          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.

        2. ipsedixit RE: WildSwede Aug 29, 2006 08:24 PM

          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.

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            Kain Natayo RE: WildSwede Aug 29, 2006 08:36 PM

            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.

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              RoxyGrl RE: WildSwede Sep 5, 2006 03:57 AM

              FWIW - My brother applied for a job as a cook there when he was here last summer. Was called in for an interview and, although the hours didn't work out for him, he still got to know a fair amount about their operation. He had nothing but good things to say about their quality and what they are doing with their food. The owner really wants to put out good, quality food that people will enjoy.

              1. WildSwede RE: WildSwede Jan 7, 2008 10:20 AM

                So we finally made it back on Saturday after car-shopping. I ordered the Peach Cafe Benedict from the specials menu and mom had the Peasant Lunch. This benedict is very different from the traditional version in that it is served on top of their Hickory Maple Waffle (which has bacon, maple syrup and some cornmeal in it). They give you a nice amount of delicious ham, two poached eggs (one was perfect, the other a little overcooked) and topped with a white cheese sauce. I thought this was delicious (sprinkled with Tabasco and pepper) and will definitely order it again.
                The Peasant Lunch came with their French Onion Soup, a nice slice of lightly toasted La Brea Bakery bread and 4 slices of cheddar (probably a medium). The soup was very good (when I went to wash my hands, my mom overheard a woman say that it was the best onion soup she had ever had). My mom told me this, so I asked her if she thought it was and she said it was very good. I tasted it and it was not the best I have ever had (a little too sweet for me, but very good nonetheless) - that honor goes to The Raymond Restaurant in Pasadena.
                We arrived around 1pm and the place was buzzing. We waited about 5 minutes for a table and there was a wait the whole time we were there. Service is swift and efficient and the food is great. I really love this place and wish that I would remember it more often! Thanks!

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                  ChinoWayne RE: WildSwede Jan 7, 2008 11:42 AM

                  Now the hickory maple waffle sounds very interesting, WS, but I don't think I would want to pair a runny poached egg with it (rather have the egg seperate with something toasted and buttered). What does the cornmeal do to the waffle in your opinion?

                  Like you said, I gotta remember this place, I think the Mrs. might like some of the stuff there.

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                    WildSwede RE: ChinoWayne Jan 7, 2008 12:00 PM

                    Honestly, Wayne, it was really good and I think you would like it. Also, I would not have known that there was cornmeal in the waffle if I didn't read it on the menu! So in my opinion, I cannot be certain!! Maybe someone else will chime in with their views on it. Sorry!! ;-)

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                      RoxyGrl RE: WildSwede Jan 7, 2008 01:43 PM

                      You and I were both prompted to post based on that benedict http://www.chowhound.com/topics/418768 It really is very good.

                      For me, the cornmeal adds a bit more weight and chew to the waffle. I guess I would almost term it as a bit more rustic, if that makes any sense. I also think it stands up to the richness of the toppings a bit better with the cornmeal.

                      Now that you've got me thinking about it, I'm going to have to plan another trip over there

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                        ChinoWayne RE: WildSwede Jan 7, 2008 02:06 PM

                        I would definately try the waffle, unadorned, WS. I also would probably try it with the egg, since I think my personal taste buds actually mirror yours quite a bit, the kind of food you post about is usually right up my alley.

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                          Velvet Elvis RE: ChinoWayne Jan 15, 2008 12:00 PM

                          You really should try it with the egg. I don't even like poached eggs or traditional eggs benedict, but I love Peach Cafe's version just the way it is. My wife tried it sauce on the side and the egg scrambled, and it just wasn't as good.

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                      kchangambrose RE: WildSwede Jan 7, 2008 03:00 PM

                      Glad to hear you found the Peach Cafe, I first saw it on a Daily Candy site a few years ago. We went for the first time probably 2 years ago, and loved it. My husband loves the panini with Italian sausage, and I really enjoy the turkey wrap with all the veggies. Oh, and we love the onion rings. The owner - at least that's who I think she is, she's always there - is the sweetest thing, but it has become quite a busy spot on the weekends, and our last few times there, we were disappointed by poor service, and my husband by a soggy panini that had obviously been sitting too long waiting to be delivered. The staff is all quite nice as well, they just seem a bit inexperienced and inefficient. We haven't been since early last summer, but I'm hoping others can report that the service is better than I remember it to be?

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                        crystaw RE: WildSwede Jan 7, 2008 03:05 PM

                        Wow-I wish they had French Onion Soup when I got the Peasant Lunch! I've been there several and have yet to try their pies (I always end up not having enough room). Their passion ice tea and their cornbread are delicious.The only things I've had at Peach Cafe that I wasn't fond of was their tuna melt and their blackened chicken panini. Everything else I've tried was great. The eggs benedict is a weekend special I believe-just a warning in case you go there on a weekday craving one!

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                          WildSwede RE: crystaw Jan 8, 2008 06:57 AM

                          Yes, the benedict is a special. Also, my mom overheard them talking about that they only do the French Onion soup on weekends since it is so popular (I would definitely call beforehand to make sure they have it).
                          kchangambrose - service was good when we were there, so I would venture to say that it has gotten better since you were there (there were about 5 servers on Saturday).
                          Hi Wayne: re: the waffle - there were some corners that were untouched by any of the toppings and I really liked it unadorned as well. It is such an interesting combo that benedict, tho!! If memory serves, I think someone once recommended getting it with the sauce on the side. But me, being who I am, and loving all things saucy, will definitely get it the way it comes. ;-)

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                            kchangambrose RE: WildSwede Jan 8, 2008 07:08 AM

                            wildswede, thanks for the report back, i'll tell my husband, and i bet we're back there this sunday.... ;)

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                              WildSwede RE: kchangambrose Jan 8, 2008 08:37 AM

                              Fantastic! Enjoy!

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                        crystaw RE: WildSwede Jan 14, 2008 11:09 AM

                        I went to Peach Cafe yesterday for breakfast. The French Onion soup was on the specials, but I didn't seem appropriate for 9AM! I guess that means I'll just have to make another trip over there on a weekend! :) I had the blueberry pancakes for the first time and they were delicious. My friend had told me she thought the "touch of orange" was too strong but I thought it made the pancakes nice and light. Yum

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                          MaryT RE: crystaw Jan 14, 2008 03:12 PM

                          It sounds like I need to go back to this place and try something else, maybe the breakfast. I went with a friend who got a panini sandwich, and I had the tuna melt, and we thought the food, serving size, price, and service were all simply not acceptable for what we got. It took 50 minutes to get the sandwiches, and the salads come with, so there wasn't even anything to nibble on all that time and boy we were starved that day. Then my friend needed a condiment, but no one came out from the back for a really long time. The bread on the tuna melt was very thick and really hard, I could not even get a knife through it.

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                            crystaw RE: MaryT Jan 15, 2008 08:55 AM

                            Yeah-I've had both a panini and a tuna melt from Peach Cafe and wasn't pleased with either of them. Almost everything else on the menu is definately worth trying though-especially their breakfast. That's unusual about the service though, it can be a little slow when they're busy but the staff is normally quite attentative. Hopefully you'll give this place another try and have a good experience.

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                              Bustergordon RE: crystaw Jan 15, 2008 04:19 PM

                              I stopped going to the Peach Cafe after my last lunch there which took almost 2 hours. It was comically bad. Service is not their strong suit, so I don't recommend it to people unless they have a lot of time to kill.

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                                WildSwede RE: Bustergordon Jan 16, 2008 07:19 AM

                                Our lunch, on Jan 7: we were in and out in an hour. AND the place was PACKED. I even mentioned to my mom how quickly our food came out. I was expecting a much longer wait as several tables were placing their orders at the same time we were. I think it has changed since your adventure.

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                          broccoliluv RE: WildSwede Jan 16, 2008 11:30 AM

                          I took a friend there for a birthday lunch in December. We were both very impressed by the great food and friendly atmosphere. Even though it was a busy Saturday, the staff was warm, personable, and the food arrived quickly. She has taken three other people there since, and it's definitely very high on my "best breakfasts in LA" list.

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                            crystaw RE: WildSwede Jan 18, 2008 10:45 AM

                            I finally tried one of their pies-pear raspberry and it was great! My server was really excited and helpful when inquired about what pies they had that day. She told me to consult with her next time I'm there and want pie!

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                              Minimang RE: WildSwede Jan 18, 2008 12:58 PM

                              They make a jammin' chili!!!

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                                WildSwede RE: Minimang Jan 18, 2008 03:11 PM

                                Good to know! Thanks!

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