UPCOMING EVENTS

Marie Calender nearby, convenient

By Glenn Barnett

Coming up soon is Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9. It is a big day for both mom and Marie Callender. Make your reservations early.

There actually was a woman named Marie Callender. During the 1940s, she put her prodigious baking skills to work making pies for local Orange County restaurants. By 1948, Marie and her husband and son opened up their own restaurant, and before long Marie was baking up to 200 pies a day (poor woman).

Today there are 30 Marie Callender’s restaurants across the country and fortunately for us, there is one next door in Monterey Park at 220 S. Atlantic Blvd, just south of Garvey. As of this writing they are open for indoor and outdoor seating at 50% capacity, and their full bar is open for business. Of course their easy-to-like comfort food is available for takeout and delivery. Their pot roast and beef stroganoff are as good as I remember, and I can highly recommend those delicious dishes.

Also their great soups, chili, salads, burgers, and sandwiches are totally worth the in-store dining experience as well as take out or delivery to your door. Did I mention their pie? It is hard to find fruit pies these days, but Marie Callender’s has them. Some are seasonal but worth the wait. My favorite is rhubarb, but you can decide for yourself.

A holiday tradition has been evolving at Marie Callender’s. That is the creation of complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, with sliced turkey and all the “fixins” to enjoy at the restaurant or take home and share with the whole family. It has become a tradition for many local families such that Thanksgiving and Christmas are the restaurant’s busiest days of the year. Thanksgiving can see 1,500 dinners served as well as 7,000 pies. Christmas will witness 1,200 sit down or take out dinners.

Coming up soon is Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9. It is a big day for both mom and Marie Callender. Make your reservations early. And did I mention the pie? Call for reservations (and pie) today at 626-281-9548.

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