Mrs. Grub Guy and I usually prefer to do our fancier brunching on Saturday because of the smaller crowds, which leaves Sunday as our day for more of a relaxing, leisurely breakfast together. So when the kind folks at Corner Bakery Cafe recently invited us to stop in to one of their several area locations to sample their breakfast, we were happy to make that our Sunday morning time together. Corner Bakery Cafe is what I consider to be a “micro chain” – it’s a brand that’s familiar and easily recognized by fans of the restaurant, which has stores located in several states across the country, but it’s also a place that’s not difficult for people who live and work in the neighborhoods that feature a CBC shop to consider them “their spot”. CBC has about nine locations throughout the Southeastern PA and South Jersey area, but honestly I had never visited any of them before this trip. I’m a huge supporter of the “shop local” mindset, which I whole-heartedly translate into eating locally as well. So when I discovered that each shop is franchised – owned and operated by local restaurateurs – it made me even more eager to check them out!
We visited their Bala Cynwyd shop at around 10:30 am on a recent Sunday morning, and found the dining area to be about half filled, with nearly all of their outside patio tables occupied as well. The store was bright and clean, and felt very comfortable. The structure of the restaurant is set up so that you enter and head directly up to the counter, where you order, pay, and take a number. Your food is brought to your table based on the number card you are given. Coffee and drinks are self serve.
Just inside the door was a small display detailing their catering services. It seems they offer fresh, made-to-order catering options with everything from complete meals and build-you-own platters to box lunches. Sounds perfect to me. I can easily see someone setting up a huge sandwich variety basket for baby showers, birthday parties, company functions, lunch meetings, etc.
The wife and I were greeted by a very friendly, smiling lady behind the counter who was ready to take our order. The breakfast menu at CBC isn’t huge, but covers many of the basics. It consists of a handful of all-inclusive platters, a nice variety of sandwiches and pita flatbreads, healthy things like oatmeal, muesli and yogurt, and of course, delicious baked goods. We each went with one of their larger platter meals (hey, we love breakfast), along with coffee and some bottled oj.
Based on the recommendation of Sam (the super friendly corporate guy who was there taking customer surveys on the day we visited), I ordered the Buttermilk Pancakes & Eggs with Bacon ($7.99). Sam promised me that their pancakes were better than any National breakfast chain could ever hope to make. I love a good stack of flapjacks so I took him up on the challenge. Let’s start with the other components of the meal: the scrambled eggs tasted like they may have been the pre-mixed kind from a carton, but I actually don’t mind that all that much as long as they come out cooked well and taste decent. These did, so I was pretty happy with them. The bacon was almost perfect for me. Definitely no complaints there. And the pancakes……
I could have eaten two or twenty more of those dudes. Sam didn’t steer me wrong. They were a little small in diameter, but huge in flavor. They were light, fluffy, and had the perfect level of chew to them, even after being saturated in maple syrup. Actually, the little stack of 4 pretty much completed the meal, and definitely satisfied me without making me too full to move (which is a good thing).
The wife opted for the Anaheim Scrambler ($7.99), a mixture of scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, green onions and cheddar cheese topped with avocado. It came with her choice of either breakfast potatoes or fresh fruit, and some nice multigrain toast. She enjoyed the scrambler quite a bit and her only critique was that she wished it included more avocado on top. The fruit was a nice, vibrant mixture of all kinds of berries and Summer favorites, as opposed to the sad cup of grapes and melon you get at most places.
After breakfast, we decided to end our visit with something sweet from the pastry case up front. True to their namesake, Corner Bakery Cafe offers a nice variety of baked goods and treats such as cookies, brownies, cakes, hand pies, dessert bars, rugalach (a rolled and filled Jewish pastry), and more!
They also offer whole Cinnamon Creme Cakes, which is their signature dessert, to take with you. It’s a rich, golden cake swirled with ribbons of cinnamon, topped with crumbly cinnamon streusel and powdered sugar.
We went with a classic favorite, the Cinnamon Roll ($3.09). It was big enough for the two of us to share and was warm, gooey and delicious!
We were both pretty pleased with breakfast at CBC. The Bala Cynwyd shop offers a spacious, relaxing atmosphere with a hint of a chain cafe feel but not enough to scare you away, and really friendly people. I think if this experience is any indication of the way the other local shops operate, I wouldn’t hesitate to stop in at any one of them for a good breakfast or to try a soup, salad or sandwich for lunch.
Our friends at Corner Bakery Cafe would like to give you the opportunity to enjoy a meal on them! They’ve provided $20 in gift cards to one lucky reader of TBGG, and winning is easy – simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite bakery treat is. That’s it! I’ll choose a winner this Thursday evening (9/1) at 11:00 pm, and will post their name here Friday morning!!
A big thanks to Corner Bakery Cafe for providing our meal. All opinions are my own.
We visited the Corner Bakery Cafe at 153 East City Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Sunday, 6:30 am – 9:00 pm. For more info, check them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or have a look at their website HERE.