In general I eschew the Corner Bakery chain. In fact, I'm actually hostile to them.
I consider the prices out of line for the quantity and value delivered (especially considering that the food isn't even prepared on site), I am both baffled and revolted by places that place actual plates of food on display as enticements, where they dry out and congeal all day long - I mean, is there anything remotely attractive about an 8-hour old room temperature Reuben sandwich at eye-level? (I also have to fight the irrational fear that the mouldering display version is the one they're going to give me) and finally, I hate their building a brand image on the idea of a "corner bakery" when that is precisely what they're not, while real corner bakeries are disappearing all over - anyone remember Reinen's, now an anonymous corner pantry of some sort?
Having said all that, it took no more than the arrival of a $2-off coupon in the mail to make me jettison my finely honed principles and dearly held prejudices and head on over.
I work near Union Station, so that's where I went. And I was agreeably surprised.
Service was quick, competent and friendly. My grilled Chicken Pomodoro sandwich had much to recommend it, especially in comparison with other food court lunch options.
Though the thing was completely pre-assembled and simply re-grilled for me, the chewy, crusty bread was nicely crisped, golden and greasy outside, while the inside was moist and melded (not still refrigerator cold as I feared it would be from only a brief surface heating). The tomatoes had real flavor and the chicken was far less dried out that your average chain outlet chicken breast is likely to be.
With my coupon it was a steal. At $5.99 + tax with no discount I'm not sure I'd rush back, but that would be the only thing standing in my way. (Oh yeah. That and my principles.)
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