The Corner Room: A Review
Being a legitimate townie (suck it Bellefonte!!) I have spent a lot of my pre and post pubescent years eating at the Corner Room. It’s a fixture of State College life—Allen Street would just look strange without it.
That being said I feel like I haven’t really appreciated this fine establishment in the way I feel it deserves. I usually go for breakfast, either before a game or when I don’t feel like waiting in line at the Waffle Shop.
On my most recent visit, I decided to look at the Corner Room with a new perspective, like I had never eaten there before. The results? The food may not be that exciting but it sure is tasty, and I can’t believe how little I spent on my entire meal. Katie Blitz and I sat down this past Friday for a C/Katie date. This is our story:
Catie: The lovely Katie and I went on our C/Katie date this past Friday, which, if you remember, was a day filled with chilly stereotypical fall weather. When we got to the Corner Room I wanted something comforting that fitted the season. After a bit of deliberation, I decided on the open faced turkey sandwich (complete with mashed potatoes and gravy).
This is one of my favorite comfort meals, and the Corner Room’s version did not fail to bring comfort or joy in any way. The super moist turkey was sitting on top of thick sliced Italian bread, and smothered in gravy (the only way to do it). The mashed potatoes excelled. I am a bit of a mashed potato connoisseur—I could literally eat them for every meal.
That being said the Corner Room’s mashed potatoes didn’t disappoint. They had a velvety smooth texture and plenty of butter to spare. Also I am kind of anal about having all my food touch (yes I’m THAT person), but this is one of those dishes where you have to eat everything together. You could have mixed the entire thing up in an unappetizing pile, served it to me without a plate or silverware, and it still would have been delicious.
I rest my case.
Katie: I had the Chicken Caesar Sandwich and I loved it. I’m such a picky eater and the only two things that I will usually order are Chicken Tenders and Caesar Salads. I decided to be adventurous and go for the Chicken Caesar Sandwich, mostly because it was on Ciabatta bread.
Honestly, Ciabatta bread is one of the best things ever and to add what is essentially a Caesar salad to it is genius and also delicious. Instead of having mine with chips, I had mashed potatoes instead, because mashed potatoes are also one of my favorite foods, and like Catie, I’m pretty specific about my mashed potatoes, but these were pretty great. The open faced turkey sandwich looked delicious as well, and I plan on ordering that the next time I go to the Corner Room.
You’d think that after we feasted we would have no room for dessert right? YOU WOULD BE WRONG.
Catie: The apple pie I ordered was the best I’ve had in a while. The apple to crust ratio was very satisfying, as most of the pie contained perfectly cooked apples in a spiced sugar syrup. I had the option of receiving my apple pie heated, which you should always do in fruit pie situations. Always. Overall I spent less than $12 for my entire meal, and left with that cozy satisfied feeling you get after eating a lot of warm and yummy food.
Katie: As if we hadn’t eaten enough yet, we decided to order dessert, and I ordered grilled stickies, which were really interesting because they were cut in half and glazed with caramel, which was incredibly delicious. The Corner Room is especially fun for people watching, and a good, cheap meal that is a good escape from the dorm food.
So to recap, if you want good food for a fall day, at a good price, get your butt over to the Corner Room!
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