Ensconced inside the historic La Tropicana Market in Highland Park is Monte 52. The sandwich shop is a modest yet thriving operation nestled in the back of a robust bodega offering its diverse clientele everything from coconut water to craft brew, fresh salsa to in-house chocolate dipped strawberries, and iced coffee to fresh juices. On it’s own, La Tropicana Market has been a gem as well as a staple landmark in Northeast LA for decades. Within the past few years the market has begun to sell fresh, organic produce and grass fed meat. Additionally, La Tropicana’s decision to partner up and open their doors to Monte 52 seems to have only made the special location even more of a neighborhood treasure.
Monte 52 has been blessing the neighborhood with its presence for only under 5 years but has already won over those in the NELA area and beyond. Its Yelp page boasts well over 100 reviews and sits comfortably at 4 ½ stars, which in the whole scheme of yelping is pretty enticing. Their menu offers up over a dozen different styles of classic sandwiches and subs as well as several vegetarian options. There are also assorted hearty salads, soups, and sides to choose from. The menu reflects the varied influences of the neighborhood: honeyed BBQ chicken, juicy tortas, savory cubanos, and more! There are more than enough choices for a hungry visitor to choose from and all meals are high quality, reasonably priced, and well portioned.
Place your order and while you wait browse the bodega’s colorful and lushly abundant shelves for the perfect salty goody to pair with your lunch, a thirst quenching beverage, or a sweet treat for dessert. People watch and ponder the effects of gentrification on this special, venerable LA neighborhood- and whatever you decide, remember that it’s places like Monte 52 and La Tropicana Market that make Los Angeles a distinctive and important city.
Monte 52 is located inside of La Tropicana Market at 5200 Monte Vista Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042