La Monarca has a couple of locations, but I typically gravitate to the one located in the heart of South Pasadena. It is next to the Metro Goldline Station, so a train would pass by every ten minutes or so; great place for my nephews because they love the train. For me, I love the atmosphere of this restaurant- the natural lighting, the rustic furniture, the smell of fresh baked goods, and the friendly dogs that sits outside. No, it’s not the same dog every time; but it’s always a pleasure to see a dog wagging its tail at the sight of you.
The open-faced Vegetarian Chorizo Sandwich is my favorite thing to order. It doesn’t look beautiful in pictures, but its tasty I swear. Their meals are good, but what drives me in are their pastries! I love that it is fresh and they present it so well in the display case. It is always hard to pick one (as you can see). I wanted to get even more, but my conscience kicked in – reminding me that getting more will not be good for my weight nor health :p. I always have a bite of each (sometimes two). Thank goodness for my brothers and boyfriend who can do me the honor of savoring each and every piece.
Place: La Monarca Bakery
Location: South Pasadena, CA