Thursday, May 26

Corner Bakery Cafe + Giveaway - San Jose

Corner Bakery Cafe began in downtown Chicago as a bakery on a corner street. It served freshly baked goods to Maggiano's Little Italy at the time. Now the budding cafe has become a nationwide franchise. On opening day in San Jose, the cafe gave free coffee for a year to the first 100 people. Last week, they invited me for a complimentary tasting of their menu. 

($7.99) Trio salad - There are 9 salads to choose from in the trio option. If you didn't want to choose only one, you can make a combo platter like this with your choice of 3 salads. It can be quite filling.

($7.99) Asian wonton salad (cafe size = small) - This was a very enjoyable salad with a sesame vinaigrette. The chicken and edamame helped fill me up. The cafe size is not that small and can be an entree.

($8.49) Chicken Pesto Sandwich - The grilled panini marks were just the way I liked it. Makes the bread crunchy. I wish there was a bit more inside the sandwich but the chicken, sun dried tomatoes, cheese, and herbs were a nice combo. The pesto mayo is subtle.

($6.99) Mac and Three Cheeses - So far this is the most popular item at Corner Bakery, and for good reason. The cheese sauce is nice and rich and as the slice of bread sits in the bowl, it soaks up the cheese. I would definitely order this again.

Let's not forget that Corner Bakery Cafe is still a cafe specializing in freshly baked bread and pastries and coffee, of course. You can either get a coffee from their coffee stand or have the baristas make a drink from the menu.

Do not pass on dessert here. When a place specializes in baked goods, definitely try it. I did not at all regret eating these soft and chewy cookies. Toffee on the left and snickerdoodle on the right. It was a tough choice between all the cakes and brownies they had too.

Corner Bakery would like you to try their newest location in the Westfield plaza in Saratoga, where there is a Nordstrom Rack and Target. They are sponsoring a giveaway of vouchers worth $20. THere will be one winner. You can use all 4 vouchers at the same time, however you will not be given the balance if there is one. It's best to use the full amount at once. 

To enter, fill in this Rafflecopter widget. Contest ends 6/2/16.


  1. Delighted by your review. Corner Bakery Café messaged me on twitter about a month ago and invited me to their soft opening here in the Puget Sound but I declined because I'm really skeptical of restaurant chains. Now I may drop by.

    1. Why are you skeptical of chains?

    2. I could cite many examples but generally, as restaurant companies scale, they are unable to maintain quality of service or, more importantly, food.



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