Monona Bakery and Eatery is an unassuming little café in a strip mall on Monona Drive with terrific baked goods and a breakfast and lunch menu of eggs, crepes, sandwiches and soups.
What makes it special are dishes with a Honduran or Mexican flair, in keeping with the culinary traditions of the owners.
Claudia Gamoneda spends nearly every day of the week at her family’s restaurant. From the early hours before Monona Bakery & Eatery opens to late in the evening after the doors close, Gamoneda acts as the manager, helping keep the 5-year-old business operating. It’s truly a family collaboration, with Gamoneda’s mother, Claudia L. Gamoneda (whose name is identical to hers, except for the middle initial), her father, Vicente Sacramento, and her sister Wendy in the kitchen and out on the floor of the restaurant. Aunts and cousins help out when needed, too.