Word of Mouth, Connecticut Magazine, May 2011

Word of Mouth, Connecticut Magazine, May 2011
After 14 years in the business, any café owner struggles with keeping the menu “adventurous”. When Michelle Lebel, co-owner (with her husband Amer) of The Corner, uses that word, she’s thinking on a different level – especially when it comes to weekend brunches.

Over the years, the Lebels have offered different dishes incorporating alligator, elk, black bear, and kangaroo; one current special is South Indian Pulled Duck wrapped in a bacon layered tortilla with scrambled eggs ($12.95). “We like to incorporate dinner ideas into our breakfast selection,” Michelle says. “Some people think it’s absolutely crazy, but we sell them out anyway.” They’re also loyal to their classics. Our favorite is the stuffed french toast, which was The Corner’s first special. The over-the-top best in show is the Trio, a combination of two “stuffies” (one strawberry and banana, one with apple-raisin-cream cheese-cinnamon) and a slice of vanilla cake soaked in sweet cream, topped with strawberries ($10.95).

Egg sandwich fans should try the Tasso: thinly sliced spicy roasted pork wrapped in a flour tortilla with scrambled eggs, tomato, and Cheddar cheese. If you’re more the Eggs Benedict type, we’d recommend the crispy goat cheese medallions over grilled tomato on an English muffin topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise, or perhaps, fresh pan-seared crab cakes over the egg-muffin-hollandaise combo.

Of course, the a.m. basics are also available – fresh fruit with yogurt ($5.95), a two egg breakfast in any style ($4.95) or even a bagel with butter and jelly ($1.95) – as well as a lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and quesadillas.

Our advice is to arrive as early as possible. Perched on the edge of Milford’s downtown, with a tidy decor composed of antique furniture, books, and curios (including several reversed paintings and a crank-handled Victrola we covet), The Corner is often mobbed by 9 a.m.

River and Shore Magazine, Spring 2010

River and Shore Magazine, Spring 2010
Story by Joyce L. Faiola

Milford Center came back to life almost a decade ago, and the centerpiece here is the duck pond and City Hall constructed to resemble Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. The Corner Restaurant is an unforgettable cutie with a breakfast menu that is off-the-charts creative. Along with the usual suspects (like the scratch-made buttermilk blueberry pancakes I had) is the Portobello Florentine, poached eggs resting on portobello mushrooms, spinach, and English muffins, all smothered with Hollandaise. The selections are endless and each made with care. I dined with everyday regular Tom Delisle whose favorites include the strawberry & banana stuffed French Toast and an eggwhite omelet with sweet potato hash.

Server Marc Nobel deserves a prize for his skills, and the effervescent owners Michelle and hubby, Amer Lebel, both cook and love to coo over their customers. The lunch menu is also wildly creative.

Bite of the Best Review

Bite of the Best
Review by Bonnie

My friend Diane and I like to catch up over Sunday brunch — generally trying new places but sometimes returning to ones we’ve liked. We returned to The Corner (Milford, CT) — a cozy place filled with regulars (we know as we chatted with many of them while waiting for a table).

When asked what’s good, one of the regulars said, “Everything!” This regular has been coming for years and had worked his way down the menu, trying each and every unusual offering on it.

Their brunch items are a bit different than the regular omelets and pancakes usually found — although you can order those, too. This time we tried poached eggs over a flavorful corned beef sweet potato hash (a soft hash with diced bacon, sausage and onion), $8.95 — and the flaky French flatbread stuffed with sauteed spinach, scrambled eggs, caramelized onions and smoked gouda. A nice homestyle place for brunch.

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