On Wednesday, Nov. 24 I was lunching at the Corner Bakery in Friendship Heights, in front of Maggiano's restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue. I had left my table to get more hot water for my tea, my windbreaker and newspaper still on the table along with a bit more of my lunch which I intended to eat. A well-meaning busboy, thinking I had finished, took my food away in addition to my paper. I noticed this and asked to speak to one of the managers, a fellow by the name of Paul. Paul went out of his way and said that the next time I was there, Mamadou, another manager, would do something nice for me. My husband and I went to the Corner Bakery that Friday for lunch and Mamadou very nicely gave me a free lunch! I've experienced great service at other Corner Bakeries I've been to but I'd like to single out Paul and Mamadou for going above and beyond the call of duty for me.
Dishes to recommend at Corner Bakery are: the tuna fish sandwich on olive bread (their breads are, indeed, a cut above the rest) and their salad trios from which one can choose amongst six or seven salads. In addition to the three salads, they add a small mixed greens salad and a piece of bread. A very good deal at $8.00. The salads are all good, especially the tuna salad and the Cavatappi (spiral shaped) pasta salad with sundried tomatoes, garlic (not too much garlic) and feta cheese. At some Corner Bakeries, such as the one in the Westlake shopping center on Westlake Drive West of Montgomery Mall next door, they sell bags of delicious, crunchy spiced croutons to which my husband and I are both addicted. Also good are their desserts such as the lemon bars, nicely tart and sweet at the same time with a good, homemade tasting crust.