The Corner, Montclair – Review

by Alice Magdziak • September 13, 2016 • Essex, FoodComments (0)1268

Have you been to The Corner yet?  It’s a bustling little restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating in Montclair and it’s usually filled to capacity so I’d be surprised if you haven’t.  Just in case you need some more convincing, let me tell you about our recent meals there.  Get ready to be hungry!

First we had brunch and were amazed at their bacon.  Yes, all bacon is good.  But, The Corner makes their own bacon.  It’s extra thick, meaty and not too salty.  You’ve just got to try it!

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We also tried their bacon in a BLT with avocado which is pictured all the way up top.  We ordered a Pastry Board for the table which is a selection of their baked goods all made in-house.  Catching on to the theme here?  Yeah, The Corner makes just about everything they serve right in the kitchen including Montclair’s best bacon and some really amazing pastries.  The selection we got was a jalapeno biscuit, a Kougin-Amann (kind of a cross between a biscuit and a sweet roll) and a giant croissant.

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We also tried their blueberry scone.  Look at this beast.  It’s a meal in itself.  And, of course, delicious!

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Even their omelet is gorgeous.  The eggs were cooked to perfection—light, fluffy and creamy.

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When we went for lunch, we were equally impressed.  We way over-ordered but couldn’t help ourselves when presented with the amazing menu.  We started with the Toast Sampler which came with Organic Duck Liver, Avocado and Prosciutto and Ricotta toasts.  I’m not a huge fan of the liver taste so I let Ed have those after trying a teeny bit.  I could tell it was well-made, but just not what I like.  I did like the other two kinds, tremendously.  The avocado was nicely blended but thick enough to stay put on top of the crunchy baguette crisps.  The Prosciutto and Ricotta was just dreamy. Salty and thinly-sliced meat with lots of soft Ricotta underneath it and topped with orange marmalade.  Expertly balanced salt, sweet and tart with the soft Ricotta bringing it all together.  Next time, I’d probably order just this toast because it’s so great.

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Ed had the Corner Burger which he adored.  I mean, look at that picture.  Of course he did!  The meat is a house blend and it came with aged cheddar and tomato on a giant toasted roll.  It was served with rosemary shoestring fries. He proclaims to not like the shoestring form of french fry but he was certainly wolfing these down.

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He says that the Jambalaya he ordered was just as good as the burger, too.  I agreed that it was a really nice take on the classic recipe.  The Corner made their version lighter and more soupy than the usual thicker stew.  This made all the different ingredients really shine.

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I got the ham and cheese croissant because I enjoyed the croissant at breakfast so much.  This one got a little messy simply because the many layers of dough slid around in the creamy cheese and ham filling.  Tasted great… didn’t look so great in the picture.

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The meal ended with popsicles!  We didn’t know these were coming so we could barely fit them in because we ordered so much food before.  Luckily, popsicles go down easy and especially these homemade ones.  The table next to us got a coconut one that looked just as good as our raspberry and mango ones.

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We really enjoyed both our meals at The Corner.  The place is usually full but at neither time did we feel we had to wait an especially long time. So, don’t be afraid of a little waiting.  It’s completely worth it!

Check out all the pictures from our visits to The Corner:

The Corner

115 Grove Street, Montclair

(973) 783-2400

Open Tuesday through Sunday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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