Talking about Corner Bakery Cafe
1. Tell us about Corner Bakery Cafe.
Corner Bakery Cafe started as a small bread bakery on a corner in downtown Chicago in 1991 and has grown into a national cornerstone of fast-casual dining with 173 locations across the country – including the newest cafe here in Jacksonville.
We serve craveable, made-to-order food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and catering. In a casual atmosphere we feature innovative, seasonal menu options ranging from hot breakfasts and signature Panini to handcrafted salads, sandwiches and mouthwatering sweets. Guest favorites include our fluffy, stacked-to-perfection Buttermilk Pancakes for breakfast, our grilled Chicken Pomodori Panini for lunch, our craveable Pesto Cavatappi for dinner, and a slice of our freshly baked, rich Cinnamon Creme Cake for dessert.
2. Does your menu change throughout the day or is it the same menu all day?
All day long, we are busy in our kitchens cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner. The availability of certain menu items changes accordingly throughout the day.
3. When people think of Corner Bakery Cafe, what do you want to spring to mind?
Jacksonville residents should think of Corner Bakery Cafe as their go-to restaurant to satisfy cravings for flavorful, fresh and ingredient-inspired food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.
4. What's the ambiance like at Corner Bakery Cafe? Are you more like a coffee shop, or more like a restaurant?
We're a bit of both. Corner Bakery Cafe offers a relaxing restaurant atmosphere for everyone in the neighborhood. Guests can enjoy their food in the company of family and friends, or stay connected with free WiFi while enjoying a bottomless cup of hand-roasted coffee.
5. Who's the audience for Corner Bakery Cafe?
Corner Bakery Cafe appeals to everyone – families and individuals, as well as office workers in the area. With an expansive and customizable menu of signature sandwiches and Panini, scrambled-to-order breakfast, homemade soups, fresh salads, hearty pastas and bakery fresh sweets, there’s something for everyone. Busy office workers can satisfy their cravings during the lunch hour by conveniently ordering ahead online so they can skip the lines.
6. What have been the most popular menu items at your other locations?
The all-time guest favorite is the Chicken Pomodori Panini on sourdough, which we hand-make with all-natural roasted chicken, fresh basil and spinach, oven-roasted tomatoes and provolone cheese with pesto mayo. We stack these fresh ingredients and then perfectly press the Panini until it’s crunchy, gooey, melty perfection. It’s delicious paired with the new Tuscan White Bean Soup as a Corner Combo.
The made-to-order Buttermilk Pancakes are quickly becoming a must-have item. Right now we’re topping our fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes with seasonal warm apples and cranberries. The dish comes served with a choice of three slices of applewood smoked bacon or chicken apple sausage.
7. What’s the “100 Under 600” menu?
Our "100 Under 600" menu pairs different combinations of signature sandwiches, grilled Panini, fresh salads and homemade soups for under 600 calories. We even have an online calculator to help with your selection. We’re making it easy to eat healthier while still enjoying delicious, crave-worthy food.
8. Do you have gluten free items?
While our kitchens are not gluten-free environments, we do have menu offerings that do not contain gluten. Guests can customize many of our menu items to make them gluten-friendly, for example removing the sweet crisps on our Spinach Sweet Crisp Salad. Also, all of our signature sandwiches and grilled Panini can be made with our gluten-free bread.
9. Any hidden gems you'd call out for a new-comer?
Corner Bakery Cafe’s most misunderstood item is the Chilled Swiss Oatmeal. But once guests try it, they are hooked. Our homemade version of European muesli is made with low fat yogurt, rolled oats, green apples, bananas, currants, cranberries and skim milk, and served with our homemade raisin pecan sweet crisp.
10. What kinds of desserts do you have?
Over 20 years ago, we started as a small bakery in downtown Chicago, and we’re still dedicated to baking today. In fact, our ovens are baking from open to close daily so we can deliver fresh cakes, cookies and other signature sweets to guests.
We feature homemade sweets like our popular Cinnamon Creme Cake - a rich, golden cake swirled with ribbons of cinnamon then topped with crumbly cinnamon streusel and powdered sugar.
Another guest favorite is our homemade Whoopee Pie - delicious buttercream filling sandwiched between two rich cakes. Whoopee Pies are available in vanilla buttercream, peanut butter, and our seasonal pumpkin with cinnamon buttercream.
We also serve bakery fresh Bundt cakes, cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls and a variety of other sweets.
11. Do people come to Corner Bakery Cafe just for dessert and coffee?
Yes, all the time. Many guests enjoy relaxing with a bottomless cup of hand-roasted coffee and a Baby Bundt Cake or a slice of our signature Cinnamon Creme Cake.
12. Can you tell us about your catering?
Corner Bakery Cafe delivers made-to-order breakfasts, lunches and dinners for any occasion. Catering is a perfect option for both business and social events, such as birthday parties, baby showers and more.
Our Catering Menu includes scrambled-to-order eggs and Chilled Swiss Oatmeal, baskets of assorted specialty sandwiches, hot signature pasta, homemade soups and more.
13. What attracted you to your location in Southpoint?
Jacksonville is home, so we were thrilled to bring Corner Bakery Cafe to the area and knew that our great neighbors in Southpoint would share our passion for fresh, ingredient-inspired food. We were overjoyed by the warm welcome from the community and look forward to sharing our neighborhood experience with them for years to come.
14. Are there plans for more locations in the Jacksonville area?
Yes, we will be opening our second Corner Bakery Cafe in Jacksonville’s Riverside Brooklyn District later this year. Stay tuned!