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View the Canadian Cafe menu

Restaurant: Canadian Cafe

Where: 125 E. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia

Phone: (626) 303-2303

Reservations: Not required

Cocktails: No

Service: Tableside/Counter To Go

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: Yes

Credit Cards: MC, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit w/logo

Kid’s Menu: No

Senior Discount: No

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: No

Price Range: $1.95 - $11.95, average $4.95

Canadian Fries

Modified Bacon Buddy Sandwich (Peameal Bacon)

Corned Beef on Rye

Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich

Onion Rings

Butter Tarts

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

                                    

Canadian Café in Monrovia

By Bill Coburn

 

Ron and Diane Babcock both hail from Canada, and over the last 20 years, while running Diron’s Business Center in Monrovia, they both missed the food they’d enjoyed in Canada prior to coming south.  So they decided to open a place of their own, and serve their favorites, including Peameal Bacon and Rotisserie Chicken, featuring the “Chalet” sauce served in Swiss Chalet restaurants found in their homeland.  They’ve decorated the restaurant with flags and photos of Canada, and brought in Canadian desserts, Canadian coffee, and Toronto deli style sandwiches.  Now Ron tells me they’ve had people come from as far away as Palm Springs just to get some of the Canadian specialties they serve up.

 

Katie and I stopped by for lunch the other day, and I tried the “Bacon Buddy” sandwich, which consists of Peameal Bacon piled high on a French roll.  Our waitress, Jacquie Bailey, couldn’t have been nicer, and pointed out that some of their customers were adding lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, for an improvised PBLT.  Peameal Bacon, also called Back Bacon, and according to Ron, the REAL Canadian bacon, is made from boneless pork loins, cut from the leaner portion of the loin.  The external fat is trimmed to within 1/8”, to make it a healthy product.  Smokeless and tender, it is sweet pickle cured and rolled in a traditional cornmeal coating.  I didn’t really expect to like it, with the sweet pickle curing, but it was actually quite a tasty sandwich.  Peameal Bacon is also offered in a Breakfast Sandwich with egg and cheese on sourdough toast, and on a Canadian Sub, with grilled honey ham, two kinds of cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and dressing on a sesame seed steak roll.

 

Katie had the hot Corned Beef and Swiss Cheese on Rye, and said that the Corned Beef was really quite good.  She also had onion rings, which were gold brown and fried to perfection.  I ordered the “Canadian Fries”, which consisted of fries with gravy (made) with ground beef and mushrooms and poured on top of the fries.  The gravy was delicious, the fries were, too.

 

One of the items that Ron has been telling me about for months, which wasn’t available until recently, is the Canadian Style Rotisserie Chicken.  The menu features a ¼ chicken and a ½ chicken meal, served with French fries, coleslaw, dinner roll, or a whole chicken with no sides.  Since I was already having the Peameal sandwich, I decided that was too much food, so I ordered the Chicken Sandwich.  My sandwich was piled high with tender, juicy, white meat chicken, and the Chalet sauce was also quite good.

 

After lunch, we tried the Canadian butter tarts, and they were delicious.  A small pastry with a raisin sauce that kind of reminded me of pecan pie.  Canadian Café also serves burgers, dogs, and nearly a dozen sandwiches.  One item that we didn’t try, but we’re told will be of interest to Canadians, is something called Poutine Fries.  According to the menu, this French Canadian dish consists of white cheddar cheese curds flown in from North of Quebec.  You see, when cheese is made in large vats, the uneven cheese is sliced off the top of the vat.  It crumbles into curds, which are a bit creamier than hard cheese.  Canadian Café sprinkles the curds on top of their fries, and then pours a poutine sauce on top which melts the curds for what the menu assures us is a great combination.

 

Here’s another item of interest:  Canadian Café accepts Canadian currency at par, so if you have some leftover Canadian money from a trip, you can get an even better deal than the regular American low prices.  And customers receive a Canadian Café “dollar” with their check, to spend on their next visit.  You can find their complete menu at www.canadiancafe.net

 

Beckham Grill, which I wrote about in a recent column, will be the scene of a “high noon” luncheon meeting of a group called the Huntington Westerners.  At the meeting, Huntington Library volunteer Marcia Good will be reading selections from her book, Voyage to California – Written at Sea in 1852.  The book is the daily journal of her Great Grandmother, Lucy Kendall, who in 1852 at the age of 24 made the trip from New York to San Francisco to join her father, Joseph Kendall during the Gold Rush years of California, along with her mother and her sister, Annie.  The book was published by the Huntington Library Press.  Reservations are $17.00 per person, checks payable to Huntington Westerners, 395 S. Oakland Ave., $301, Pasadena CA 91101.  For further information, call (626) 577-5222.

 

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