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OS Reviews: The Corner Room’s New Breakfast Menu

A lot’s changed this year for State College’s beloved Corner Room.

The downtown staple received a much-needed facelift over the summer and reopened in late August with a new lunch and dinner menu. Now, even breakfast is back on the menu at the Corner Room.

With high expectations and empty stomachs, a few of our staffers ventured downtown to give the Corner Room’s new breakfast menu a fair shake.

Keeley Lamm: Blueberry Pancakes

I’m a sucker for some breakfast, so I was super excited to try out the Corner Room’s new menu for the first time. Despite a treacherous, icy journey from East Halls in which I fell not once, but twice, I can wholeheartedly say that risking my life to walk downtown was worth it for a meal at the Corner Room.

I decided to opt for the blueberry full stack, and I was awfully happy with my choice. My plate greeted me with four light, fluffy pancakes along with some butter and maple syrup. The photo doesn’t do it justice, because this was a huge serving of heavenly hotcakes. I seriously enjoyed taking down this stack while talking with my fellow breakfast-loving staffers and watching the action on College Ave. from our booth next to the window.

My only gripe about this plate was its pancake-to-blueberry ratio. I believe that the pancakes were slightly lacking in the blueberry department, but my meal is still receiving a solid 9/10. You will definitely catch me returning to the Corner Room for breakfast again. Whoever was manning the griddle, keep doing your thang!

Anna Wiggins: Ham & Cheddar Omelet

I’m a big fan of breakfast food, so I had to try the Corner Room’s new breakfast menu. I got an omelet with ham, cheddar, and onions, along with a side of ~breakfast potatoes~ and toast, which came with the omelet. This was actually my first time trying an omelet, and the biggest takeaway here is that an omelet is just scrambled eggs in one piece.

Nonetheless, this was a really good omelet. It was super fluffy, and the ham, cheese, and onions paired with it nicely. A great start to my omelet eating journey. 

I’m a breakfast potato lover first and a girl second. These potatoes deserve a trophy. They were seasoned with various herbs, and there was a red seasoning on them, but I couldn’t tell you what it was. It doesn’t matter though because it was delicious. The potatoes were nice and crispy, too. I would come back to simply order these spuds. 

The toast was… toast! It’s hard to mess up toast, and thankfully the Corner Room did not fail me there. I believe the bread was ~sourdough~, though I could be wrong there. I’m not a jelly-on-toast girl, so I stuck with butter. This was a solid toast showing. 

And, of course, my weakness: diner coffee. A little cream, some sugar, and all is right in the world. 

All and all, this was a really good breakfast. My one ~critique~ is that I don’t think this is worth the $12 price tag. However, if you’re in the mood to treat yourself, or your family is in town, the Corner Room’s breakfast won’t disappoint.

Matt DiSanto: The Corner Breakfast

As a hardcore breakfast lover, I was blown away by this platter. The Corner Room’s aptly named “Corner Breakfast” comes with breakfast potatoes, two eggs any style, a side of toast, and your choice of bacon or sausage. The platter is also paired with a cup of coffee.

The potatoes stole the show throughout this breakfast. Well-seasoned and just crispy enough, these potatoes were perfect. I greatly enjoyed the thick-cut bacon, too, and I was blown away by the sourdough toast, which came lightly buttered and toasted just right. My scrambled eggs were…fine, but with enough pepper, they did the trick.

This platter checked in at $12, but by opting out of its included cup of coffee, I cut that down to $9. In my book, that’s a pretty fair price for a generous portion.

Overall, this was a great meal for a decent price. I’m certainly looking forward to returning for another Corner Room breakfast sometime soon.

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