There's nothing like a hearty meal on a damp, drizzly day to bolster one's spirits; so says the Food Snob. So one overcast afternoon last week, we headed down to the Corner View Restaurant to partake in some comfort food.
We had heard that the restaurant catered to an older crowd, and while seeing the license plate "6GRNKDS" in the parking lot did little to sway us otherwise, once we got inside, we saw that Corner View is really more of a family establishment. Folks of all ages were dining, and we felt right at home as we slid into our booth.
The other bit of Corner View's reputation that had preceeded it was that they serve a mean homemade breakfast biscuit. While they do serve breakfast all day, we were in a lunchier mood - but we couldn't miss out on those biscuits! We ordered a pair as appetizers, decided on some entrees and kicked back to wait for our food.
Our biscuits ($1.89 each) were out shortly. They were flakey, fluffy and filling. We split them in half, slapped a pat of butter between them and then drizzled the halves with honey. With more food on the way, it was all the Snob could do to eat half of one, delicious as they were - they were that big! Corner View offers them as a side dish, a breakfast item and as part of their strawberry shortcake dessert, so if you ever visit the restaurant, there are plenty of ways to get your hands - and mouth - on one of those biscuits.
Our dining companion got the "Notorious Nikkie" sandwich ($6.25). Basically a modified Reuben, the "Nikkie" consists of coleslaw, Russian dressing, sauteed onions, melted American and Swiss cheeses on grilled sourdough bread. Here's the kicker: Instead of the traditional corned beef of a Reuben, the "Nikkie" swaps in ham and turkey.
This was a top-notch sandwich. The only pitfall was that it was a bit sloppy and drippy to eat, but hey - when you order something from the Reuben family, you know what you're in for. Ham and turkey were a welcome substitute for what can frankly be an inconsistent meat in corned beef. The sauteed onions added just the right amount of flavor and texture to the sandwich. It also came with a side of fries, which were perfect; crispy on the outside, moist and flavorful within.
The Snob ordered the baked mushroom ravioli ($7.25). This meal caught our eye because top to bottom, it was all handmade. At Corner View, they make their own ravioli, stuff it with wild mushrooms and parmesan and cover it with their special chunky marinara sauce. Then, they throw some mozzarella on top and bake it.
Surprisingly, the tastiest part of the dish was not the wild mushrooms, which were more of a textural item than a flavorful one, but the marinara sauce! It was rich with a multitude of Italian spices - one of the best homemade pasta sauces the Snob has tasted.
Our meals left us stuffed and satisfied, with no room for a strawberry shortcake biscuit reprise. Our spirits revitalized, we stepped back out into the world to discover it all over again, with naught but Corner View's comfort food fueling our new outlook. And wouldn't you know it - the rain cleared right up!