25 April 2009

Cornerstone Deli

The Cornerstone Deli and Cafe in Clintonville is a restaurant masquerading as a chimera. Bagels are Cornerstone's bread and butter; however, it also features a salad bar and sushi. Despite the somewhat disparate offerings on the menu, the place has tons of options for vegetarians.

The bagels are big and soft, and they serve as the base for a number of vegetarian sandwiches. Choices of bagels include plain bagels, eight grain bagels, salt bagels, Asiago bagels, honey wheat bagels, sun-dried tomato bagels and three cheese bagels. They can also be ordered to-go with cream cheese.

Veggie sandwiches include the Veggie Delight, the Portabella melt, the Mediterranean veggie, the herbivore wrap, and a couple of pizza bagels. I sampled the Mediterranean veggie on an eight grain bagel. The sandwich consisted of mixed greens, sunflower seeds, sprouts, tomato and hummus on a steamed bagel. The flavor of the hummus was very herbaceous, and the seeds provided a great textural addition.

Sandwiches are available with chips and other sides, including potato salad, macaroni salad, build-your-own side salad, edamame and miso soup.

I didn't get a chance to try the sushi, but there are many vegetarian options. There is a marinated tofu and cucumber roll, an avocado and cucumber roll, a mixed vegetable roll, a vegetable dragon roll and a mixed vegetable sushi platter. There are also vegetarian rice bowl dishes on the menu.

Cornerstone Deli is set up like Panera Bread. You order at the counter, and a few minutes later the order is ready. There is seating for about 30 inside the restaurant. The interior of the restaurant screams greasy spoon--it's somewhat dingy looking. Some people might prefer eating off premises.

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