Corner Bakery Cafe
At the corner of 19th and L in the federal city you’ll find, well, the Corner Bakery Cafe. Although now a franchised operation, the parent company started out as a genuine old-fashioned bread baking enterprise. One of several Washington area locations, the L street “cafe” is spacious, functional and stress free. It is always a favorite place for your reviewer when in town. For breakfast or lunch the pricing is gentle and the selections are broad. In addition to the bagels and coffee cake, there are hot selections as well. Breakfast panini start at $3.69 for the ham and cheddar version, vary that for the same price with a smoked bacon and cheddar panini and the Commuter Croissant ( stuffed with scrambled eggs, applewood smoke bacon, sliced tomatoes and cheddar cheese) will set you back an additional 30 cents. Fans of hot cereal will appreciate the Swiss oatmeal or an old-fashioned oatmeal each at $2.59. A fruit medley and mixed berry parfait rounds out alternative selections, ranging from $2.99 to $3.29. Procedurally speaking, once you order, you’ll be given a number that you place on your table. You serve yourself at the delicious coffee or tea station and then before you know it a friendly server will bring your selection to your table. More hot breakfast entrees include a farmer’s scrambler, sunrise scrambler and an all American scrambler…commonly priced at $5.19. The Baked French toast at $5.49 is made with cinnamon raisin bread that is then baked in a vanilla French custard. It is sprinkled with powdered sugar, then served with homemade vanilla syrup, applewood smoked bacon, and a side of fresh fruit medley.
For lunch there are 9 salad selections ranging from the Egg Salad (a side salad) at $2.79 to the trio salad at $6.99. The “Trio Salad” gives you the choice of three of the side salads garnished with field greens. Additionally there are 4 entree salads starting at $5.09 for the ” Caesar”; for an additional $1.50 you can enhance it with roasted chicken. Cold sandwiches start at $5.99 for the Tomato Mozzarella with 6 alternatives including Uptown Turkey at $6.29 and Southwest Roast Beef on poblanco cheese bread at $6.29. Home made chili is available at $3.99 for the cup or $4.99 for the bowl; a soup du jour selection is also an option with the cup at $2.99 and the bowl a dollar more. Can’t decide? Then you may like the Corner Combo at $6.49 featuring a choice of two: 1/2 sandwich or panini or Caesar salad or cup of soup. Substitution of Big Al’s chili is available for an additional dollar. There’s more to choose – there are four hearty pastas starting at $6.49 for penne marinara (vegetarian sauce); cheese ravioli, chicken carbonara and pesto Cavatappi range from $6.79 to $6.99 . It would be a shame if you didn’t leave room for some “sweets”….your reviewer does. Four kinds of cookies ( chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin) will set you back $1.39 each, a variety of bar cookies such as lemon, chocolate rasberry or a brownie can be had for $2.29. Baby bundt cakes (chocolate and gingerbread pumpkin) are sold for $2.49 each. Take home cinnamon cakes and medium bundt cakes can also be purchased; the bundts go for $11.99. A very good blend of value and quality. Enjoy!
1828 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Hours: Monday thru Friday only 7am to 4pm
– Bagles, coffee Cakes, and Paninis are delicious
– Relatively inexpensive
– We’re still looking for some.
In accordance with Chewru policy, this rechewer (or another rechewer) must revisit this location within the next 90 days. If enjoyed as much the second time around, we will upgrade it to a perfect 5.0. Exciting, huh?
Pop-Pop Score: 4.9 Chews
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