Corner Bakery & Cafe?
I've seen this chain in So California that may move into a shopping center a block from my house. I've never eaten there and quite frankly, the menu posted online looks kind of ordinary.
Any thoughts about this? Does the food exceed the descriptions? We could use a decent breakfast place, the only others very close are Mimi's Cafe and IHOP. Anything really good (non-chain) is a longer drive away. There are more (chain) options for lunch nearby, BJs, Red Robin and Armadillo Willys. Oh, and Cheesecake Factory and The Counter. Again, anything non-chain is a longer drive. Sometimes time is of the essence and I need to go someplace close.
For me, I like Corner Bakery better than most chains. They are fast casual, I think of them as similar to Panera, except I don't like Panera.
Corner Bakery has a good breakfast sandwich with egg and cheese. I like several of their soups, especially the tortilla, and their black currant brewed iced tea. Their sweet baked goods, cookies and small cakes, tend toward the dry side, so I avoid those. I've only been to the two that are in Northern Virginia.
The original Corner Bakery location was opened by the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group in Chicago, the same company that started Maggiano's. Like Maggiano's it started as a single location about 20 years ago and was spun off to an investor group (same as Maggiano's) within a few years. It was one of the first artisanal bakeries and seems commonplace these days but was well-received and is still pretty good.
They have a big round cinnamon coffee cake with nice crumbles on top that I have bought for meetings. It is always enthusiastically received. I do like it a lot,myself, but if you put a piece on a napkin, you'll be dismayed by the oil spots it leaves behind. Needlessly fatty, in other words - it doesn't *taste* particularly rich. I choose it in a pinch, if I don't have time to bake a coffee cake myself.
Thanks for all the responses. There is a location near where my son lives and he likes it alot but then again, there are mostly chains where he lives. His tastes and needs are pretty simple anyway.
I don't think the location near me has been approved by the local planning committee yet, so my guess is that they won't open before the end of the year.