Corner Bakery Cafe

Written by on July 26, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Courthouse neighborhood, Arlington, VA

How I heard of this place: Walking by, with an hour left before meeting our friends for dinner around the corner, my new friend Zarin and I decided to stop for a snack and tea over conversation. I know I have seen the Corner Bakery logo around town before, and was curious about it. My curiosity has been settled.

Type of cuisine: Fresh baked breads lead to the creation of hearty sandwiches, pastries, soups, salads, specialty beverages and more at the Corner Bakery Cafe. “We started as a little bread bakery, supplying freshly baked bread to happy customers around town. People loved our breads so much, we couldn’t help but evolve into a cafe where we could serve equally remarkable sandwiches. This, of course, led to delightful sweets, savory panini, fresh salads, and hearty bowls of soups and pasta. Before we knew it, we were a neighborhood favorite in communities all over—a place to find a warm welcome. Where people can gather with friends or hide out on their own. A place where fresh, innovative food is served up with unsurpassed quality and consistency by passionate employees. A place still dedicated to keeping our neighbors, friends and guests happy, in their special little Corner of the world.”

Ambiance: Warm and inviting, the floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding half of the establishment, with outdoor seating on the sidewalk-patio, welcome passerby to come in and have a seat at their second (or third) home. Indoors, the space is open and large, dark wooden furnishings (tables and chairs) are available to diners and patrons wishing to take a load off, or add a pound on! Cozy, dark brown leather sofas and a couch are available on either side of a dark, wooden coffee table, where one can sit for hours talking to a friend, reading the paper or listening to music while enjoying a pastry or espresso, a cup of tea or a cookie! A cozy setting, typical of what you want in a neighborhood cafe.

What I ordered: Not wanting to spoil our appetites, we selected a raspberry bar ($2.49) to share, and my dining companion ordered a cup of hot Mighty Leaf mint melange tea.

Raspberry Bar

What I loved: The Raspberry Bar was delightful – not too sweet, not too large, perfectly crumbly on top, with a sweet and tart layer of raspberry filling. A great late-afternoon snack to build the blood-sugar content!

Why I loved it: Cozy environment, friendly staff, and an array of tasty-looking treats. What’s not to love?

Cost: Average ($2.50 – $4 per espresso beverage; $2-$4 per pastry/dessert)

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