CORRADO'S BAKERY 'N BISTRO OFFERS A SWEET ENDING
This family-owned bistro dishes out solid lunch fare, but really scores on magically soft brownies
813 Lomax St., 5 Points
• Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen, the area’s second Ethiopian restaurant,
is slated to be opening soon at 5111 Baymeadows Road, near the intersection of Baymeadows and Old Kings Road South in the former Cattleman’s Bar-B-Q spot.
• Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop and Southern Roots Filling Station are moving to Riverside’s mushrooming King Street. Riverside Liquors, currently in 5 Points, will begin offering tapas-style plates. Southern Roots will offer food, artisan coffees and package-free bulk items.
A former Subway sandwich shop turned short-lived crêperie has recently re-emerged as an inviting family-owned-and-operated bakery and bistro.
While still evolving, Corrado's Bakery 'n Bistro's menu is straightforward; a signboard in front of the restaurant entices passersby with daily specials. Inside, it's casual, comfortable, clean and well-designed.
My order of Pat's gourmet chicken salad ($8.95) arrived on a bed of arugula and crisp romaine; juicy white meat pieces were tossed with a light mayonnaise-type dressing and an assortment of diced grapes, crunchy apple pieces and colorful crisp bell peppers. A cluster of red grapes, a cantaloupe wedge, strawberries and simple slice of bread and butter accompanied the salad.
Drawn to the summer salad ($8.95; $2 more to add meat) by the combination of salty, sweet, crunchy and tangy, I began by swapping the raspberry vinaigrette dressing for balsamic, which was tangy and thin, perfect for this salad of greens topped with feta cubes, slices of strawberries, pears, cucumbers and a generous sprinkling of walnuts.
The ham, bacon and broccoli quiche ($8.95) served with a muffin and side of fruit was also a contender. Speaking of sides, the homemade broccoli salad, with bacon, golden raisins, red onion slivers and a sweet dressing, was delicious.
Offerings from the dessert case change daily; the Key lime coconut squares, chocolate raspberry brownie bites and freshly baked peach cobbler should get you started. With self-control not on the menu, I picked three: a frosted brownie, Oreo pudding cupcake and a red velvet mini-cupcake because — let's face it — lunch is better with dessert. The brownie won me over; it's magically soft in the center and slightly crispy around the edges with a not-too-sweet chocolaty frosting on top.
Currently serving lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Corrado's plans to open for dinner service and in the near future, add espresso, cappuccino and latte to its beverage selection.