Food & Drink

La Monarca Santa Monica

Because everyone in Santa Monica is always like "where the hell are my cazuelas?!", La Monarca finally responded, opening a traditional Mexican bakery slinging drinkables like organic Oaxacan coffee and specialty Mexican sodas, along with breakfast (croissants filled with guava, palmier-style Orejas), sandwiches on artisan rolls or traditional Mexican bread, and in January, those aforementioned cazuelas in selections like Chipotle Machaca and Poblano Chicken Mole -- a tempting choice despite the fact that it's secretly working against you.