South Pasadena's Mix 'n Munch fits its small community well: very child-friendly, unpretentious and a bit quirky. It's not really a destination spot, more of a place for parents to take hungry kids after soccer practice or for laptop-wielding folks to catch a bite while studying. But we liked Mix 'n Munch's homey grilled sandwiches, which are reasonably-priced and reasonably-sized, in contrast to the giant, pricey sandwiches at other restaurants that seem to use a pound of cheese in each one.
|Cereal bins are behind the counter; choose 2 scoops of cereal and 2 mix-ins for $3.75|
A cereal characters-meet-South Pas landmarks mural sets the tone for the casual wi fi-equipped cafe a few steps from the Gold Line's Mission Station. The staff is young and friendly, and though the concept still seems a little odd, South Pasadenians seem happy to have a reasonably-priced hangout.
Though the cheese could have been a little meltier in my smoked gouda, tomato and pesto sandwich, the price was right at under $5 and the counter-person complimented my fillings choices. Choose from sandwiches like a Breakfast grilled cheese, a Monte Cristo or a Turkey club, or create your own with fillings like bacon, spam, arugula, apple slices, or sauteed mushrooms with several types of cheese and bread.
The Elvis will work for breakfast or lunch: the King knew what he was doing by pairing peanut butter, bacon and banana. Dessert sandwiches -- or any sandwiches -- can also be made on breads from Bicycle Bread Company, an artisanal bakery near USC specializing in whole grain breads with raisins, cranberries and more.
Mix 'n Munch
1005 Mission Street, Unit A