The Corner GRILLE (pt. 2) – Historic College Park, GA

The Lemon Pepper Chicken and Broccoli dinner was served with your choice of wild rice or garlic mashed potatoes and a side of lemon caper butter cream sauce. Wild rice, to me is easy to mess up. Like brown rice, once you over cook it, it’s over with. I wished it was seasoned a tad bit more, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find it soft, not hard.

Sitting atop of the wild rice was a large chicken breast. Right away, I knew the flavor from the chicken was going to be explosive, due to the way the seasoning was evenly dispersed along the breast. Since I ordered this to go, I only had the plastic utensils I was given. The chicken was tender enough that the plastic knife sliced the breast with ease. And the flavor — oh my goodness — the Corner Grille did not disappoint. As I bit into it, the lemony juices from the chicken spilled out into my mouth — letting me know the lemon pepper flavor was cooked throughout breast and not simply on top of the breast.

Off to the side of the to-go box was 4 pieces of freshly steamed broccoli, moderately seasoned with salt & pepper. Although just as good spread over the chicken, I used the lemon caper butter cream sauce to dip my broccoli in. I know this totally defeats the health purpose of having fresh veggies, but oooohhhhh so worth it! The cream sauce was whipped and fluffy making it perfect for dipping — the broccoli did not get drenched in the sauce, but rather lightly frosted with the lemon-garlicy flavor of the butter cream sauce.

Although small in location size, Corner Grille makes up for it with their flavor packed dishes. This summer, they’ve started renovations to give patrons more space. The restaurant is scheduled to open August 16, 2017. In the meantime, people are able to order dishes via their To-Go window located on the rear/side of the building.

After each review, I like to give the meal a numerical rating (1-5) based on taste, appearance and portion size. I’ll also give you a price range of how expensive the meal is (one dollar sign is least expensive and four is most expensive). Below are the ratings for both the Salmon Club & Lemon Pepper Chicken meal.

Salmon Club

  • Taste: 4/5 — bacon was a little flappy
  • Appearance: 5/5 — not sloppy or falling apart. Neat presentation
  • Portion Size: 5/5 — $12 for a sandwich may seem a little pricey but you are definitely getting your money’s worth with this meal
  • TOTAL: 4.6/5
  • Price range: $$

Lemon Pepper Chicken

  • Taste: 4/5 — wild rice could’ve used more seasoning
  • Appearance: 5/5 — very neat
  • Portion Size: 4/5 — I would have loved more broccoli
  • TOTAL: 4.3/5
  • Price range: $$

The Corner GRILLE (pt. 1) – Historic College Park, GA

Located minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the downtown Historic College Park area is home to an array of salons, stores and restaurants, each catering to different tastes. Seated on the corner of Main Street is a small restaurant appropriately called the Corner GRILLE. I work right above the restaurant and I frequently visit for lunch because their food is that good!

I usually call my order in 15 minutes before I take my lunch. On this particular day I wanted lunch and dinner, so I ordered the Salmon Club and the Lemon Pepper Chicken dinner. Upon entering the small establishment, I was warmly welcomed by a hostess and slapped in the face by the cajun-infused smells wafting from the kitchen. After telling the hostess I ordered out, I was shown to the bar to await my order.

The Salmon Club is served on toasted French bread. For all of you that are not foodies and do not know what French bread may taste like (or you do and might not know it), I want you to think of the bread that’s served with spaghetti. Although you’re most likely going to get served Italian bread with spaghetti — because spaghetti is an Italian dish — the taste is sort of similar to the Italian ciabatta bread. It’s floury and crunchy on the outside, but it’s not as soft & moist on the interior as ciabatta bread.

I ordered my salmon well done. I was very pleased that The Corner Grille understood the difference between well done & dried out. My salmon was fresh, tender and juicy. It was also seasoned well. The salmon was not bland, but the Cajun seasoning & black pepper didn’t overpower it either. A top of the salmon patty were two thick pieces of bacon with a smoky flavor. The spinach and tomato that topped the bacon were fresh and evenly proportioned (the veggies didn’t overpower the sandwich).

The star of this show was the spicy mayo. A thin layer is spread on each slice of bread (this was a bonus for me because you got to taste it on the salmon on one slice & the veggies on the other slice). It tied all of the rest of the flavors from the sandwich together perfectly. The spice level is low and subtle, just enough to give the sandwich a little extra kick. The mayo also served as a dipping sauce for my seasoned shoe string fries that came along with the sandwich.

Mouth watering yet? I’m not done…

Stay tuned for part 2, the Lemon Peppered Chicken!