Chad Deal 6:58 p.m., May 21
Westfield UTC, the mall formerly known as University Towne Centre, is undergoing major changes. The recession delayed a much-publicized renovation for three years, but the first phase of construction is underway.
The addition of a 14-screen ArcLight premium cinema and another 750,000 square feet of shopping space are key components.
Also included in the project are changes to the food scene. The food court, previously rather dismal in both food and atmosphere, has been updated. There are a couple of interesting-looking additions.
The most recent new place isn’t in the food court, though, it’s in Sears. Okay, not really. But Corner Bakery Cafe, a franchise born out of the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises empire, has opened in what was formerly a corner of the Sears store.
Corner Bakery Café looks and feels exactly like your standard mall sit down, casual, kid-friendly, no surprises. The menu is pretty much the same, soups, chili, sandwiches, salads, and some breakfast items.
I hadn’t had breakfast, so I ordered a Bacon and Cheddar Panini ($4.29). I knew at the outset that the eggs were probably powdered, since scrambled is the only choice, and I was right.
Darn. I was going to hate this sandwich. Only I didn’t hate it. True, the texture of the eggs left something to be desired, but they were lightly browned, the bacon was crisp, the cheese was melty and the sourdough bread was grilled golden brown and delicious.
Not high cuisine, but it tasted pretty decent. The coffee ($1.69) was good too, and plenty strong. A pleasant surprise.
Another nice touch on the menu – nutritional information for everything they serve is easily visible on both the printed version and the board at the ordering area.
The place has only been open a few weeks, but the staff was welcoming, brought my food quickly, kept the tables bussed and the drink area clean.
When I asked whether there was beef or turkey in the chili, I was told “Beef and chicken, I think. I don’t really know.”
Corner Bakery Café has cakes, cookies and other baked goods for dine in or take out. Wine and beer is available.
4575 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
P: (858) 453-1333
Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM