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Corner Grille - quick report


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Corner Grille - quick report

mrbarolo | Sep 13, 2003 06:33 PM

Went for breakfast today, so comments do not apply to lunch or dinner service.

At around 9:45 the place was about 2/3 full, so it looks like you can still get a table for a weekend breakfast even at prime time.

Service was very friendly and pretty efficient. Extra points for bringing our 3-year-old a placemat, crayons and a stack of extra napkins on their own initiative.

On the weekend, breakfast is called brunch (8:30-3:30, as I recall) but it seems to consist of the lunch menu added on to the regular breakfast menu. No special brunch items as far as I could tell. No specials from the waiter or anything like that.

I had hoped that things like the crab cakes from the appetizer menu would be part of brunch, but apparently not.

The breakfast items are an absolutely mainstream list of eggs, omelets, pancakes, etc. No departures or eccentricities.

One anomaly was that my "grilled" veggie omelet contained a lot of spinach and diced tomato, which, while perfectly nice, could hardly have been grilled. I was rather hoping for asparagus, peppers and things that really pick up some nice grill flavor when done that way. Otherwise, it was a perfectly fine omelet. Flat, not one of those salamander-finished puffy monstrosities.

The "house" potatoes were very nicely browned and herbed chunks of red potato with onions. Very flavorful.

The coffee is Intelligentsia and served in a very tall mug which means you don't have to look around for a refill every 3 sips.

The room is pleasant and not too loud.

In the end, while nothing was wrong, and everything was acceptable or better, there was also nothing to distinguish it - especially in that neighborhood (Foster and Clark) with so many options.

Would certainly be interested in seeing if lunch or dinner is more distinctive.

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