1868 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
The Corner Bakery is located at the corner of Prospect and Pacific Coast Hwy in Redondo Beach. The Corner Bakery is a 121 restaurant chain and, according to a September 2011 press release, is expanding into the New York Market. Seating is a combination of booths, small tables and a sitting area reminiscent of a living room. The restaurant features wall art photography of local area attractions to give the restaurant a more home town feel. Orders are taken as you walk in at the main counter, you fill your own soda and find yourself a seat. When your lunch is ready, it is brought to your table.
CARL: I’ve noticed over the last decade a movement to a slightly nicer, more comfortable lunch experience. Something better than McDonalds but not as slow or pricey as a full blown restaurant. Examples include Chipotle, Panera Bread and Corner Bakery. Each seem to be in that “under $10″ bracket that attracts the working professional and stay at home moms that need a place to meet with friends. I could be 100% wrong but that seems like the market Corner Bakery is shooting for here. I’ve been to this Corner Bakery a few times and I have enjoyed my meal on each occasion. This time I opted to try something a little different so I ordered the Pretzel Turkey sandwich ($6.99) and a large Diet Coke ($2.29). As the name implies, the Pretzel Turkey is a turkey sandwich on a pretzel flavored roll. The sandwich is a bit on the small side but it did come with chips and a pickle. I enjoyed the salty flavor of the sandwich and the spicy sauce made for a unique combination of flavors. I can still taste the salt but I do suppose that’s what you get for ordering a sandwich on a pretzel right? I liked the ambiance which features photographs of local parks and street signs for more of a home town feel. I have heard some grumblings about having to stand in line to order and then seating yourself but that’s what this sort of restaurant is all about. In order to get you a nice sandwich for $7 you gotta do some of your own legwork. I still like Panera Bread better but with nice quality ingredients, reasonable prices, and comfortable setting Corner Bakery scores 4 Pigs.
OLIVER: Finding places to Lunch Pig is getting hard. We opted to head down to the beach and see what we might find, on the way we saw the corner bakery and decided to give it a shot.
It’s a nice place, true to its name it looks like a corner bakery. They serve a nice sampling of panini’s and specialty sandwiches. I ordered a Reuben panini bread combo. Outfitted with what you expect, pastrami, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing on panini toasted rye bread.
That and a serving of potato chips and you have got yourself a good lunch.
The meat was really good and tender. Probably some of the better pastrami I have had in terms of texture, it could have been a little spicier or peppery, but it was still very good. The chips are what you might expect from a bag of Lays chips, meh. I am not so big on chips, would have preferred some fries.
I noticed that they actually had caffiene free diet coke on tap, not often you find that. Of course they also had regular diet coke. Personally I need my full dose of caffiene. The crowd during our visit was an older crowd and a mix of employees from the local area.