Connecticut Magazine, Best of CT® 2011

Connecticut Magazine, Best of CT® 2011

What makes Connecticut so great? The Editors of Connecticut Magazine know, and they’ve made their choices for Connecticut’s “best” in the magazine’s annual Best of Connecticut feature. More than 240 Best of Connecticut 2011 winners are highlighted in the September issue of Connecticut Magazine.

And, The Corner Restaurant has been recognized by Connecticut Magazine® as the Best of Connecticut® 2011 Winner for Best French Toast!

Consistently rated as having one of the premier brunches in Connecticut, The Corner Restaurant not only offers the best French Toast. With unique dishes such as South Indian Spiced Pulled Duck wrapped in a bacon-layered tortilla with scrambled eggs, we pride ourselves on the innovative breakfast creations we make for our guests.

From the Magazine:

We really have only one word for you: Trio. That’s a weekend brunch special at this downtown nook, consisting of two slices of stuffed French toast (typically strawberry-banana and apple-raisin), which frame a square of homemade tres leches cake topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Divine decadence to the nth power. We’re also glad that The Corner is decorated with so many adorable turn-of-the-20th-century antiques and curios—they allow us to imagine we live in a time when no one talks about obesity, cholesterol and arterial plaque.

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.

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