Date of Visit: Friday, May 8, 2009 at 7 a.m.
IMPRESSIONS: A real quick review here. My brother-in-law took me to the Cornerstone Deli & Cafe for a quick meeting. The Deli & Cafe isn’t a prime breakfast spot, but they offer coffee and some basic breakfast sandwiches, so a review was in order.
ATMOSPHERE: Cornerstone is a corner cafe on High Street in Clintonville. The main space is a large, open room with plenty of tables and chairs. The back wall features their menu, an ordering counter, and large coolers. We visited just as they were opening, so the employees were loading deli items into the coolers.
FOOD: They offer the basic deli fare: sandwiches, wraps, bagels, salads, sides, drinks. The actual breakfast menu is fairly limited, and features bagels, wraps, etc with eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, and cheese. The entire breakfast menu is seven items, not counting all the bagels. And coffee.
I ordered a coffee, which was great. They serve Crimson Cup, a great local roaster.
I tried the breakfast bagel with eggs, bacon, and cheese, on a sesame bagel (always a favorite). The sandwich was pretty basic, but tasty, a good size, and filling. It was made freshly to order.
SERVICE: I really didn’t interact with the staff, so it’s hard to form an opinion, but I can tell you that the woman at the counter was very nice, and the gentleman who brought my sandwich out was just as pleasant.
OVERALL: I wouldn’t go out of my way for another breakfast at Cornerstone Deli & Cafe, but it could make a great stop for a quick sandwich and a coffee. I’ll keep it in mind if I’m in need of a fast breakfast in the Clintonville area.