Cora's: the Toyota Corolla of brunch—non offensive, reliable, easy for everybody to agree on.
You pretty much have to hate sunshine and puppies to hate this place. Fresh fruit! Adorable illustrations! A menu the size of the Sears Wishbook (RIP)!
Cora's is breakfast comfort food at its best. It's also sneaky as hell. All that fresh fruit makes it seem like you're chowing down on something healthy, but that vat of chocolate hazelnut spread and cloud of whipped cream say otherwise.
For me, Cora's is a once a year trip, usually around this time of the year when I embrace the aging scenster that I am and schedule vacation so I can go listen to music way past my bedtime during Pop Explosion. Vacation means being off in the daytime during the week. Which means I can enjoy all the benefits of Cora's without the cripplingly unnecessary lines that come with that place on the weekend.
Like many people who frequent this place, I have a standard order (what up April '89!). But on this annual pilgrimage, my eye was caught by something else: The Sweet and Savoury. The option to combine both eggs, potatoes, bacon AND a strawberry and banana crepe, all in one?! Sign. Me. Up.
For the price—around $14—I was fully expecting an abridged portion of everything, especially the crepe. However, when the meal arrived the whole damn thing was full-sized party town. And aside from a few potatoes—I ate it all because, #vacay.
Service was great (and let's be real, we were one of four tables in the whole place so how could it not be), and the food arrived quickly. As a lover of fresh fruit at all times of the day, any meal served with lots of it gets my vote.
While chain restaurants aren't usually my jam, I think the chain thing works in Cora's favour because everything is always consistent. There is a certain standard that they seem to do a good job of upholding. And as a result, you know you're going to get a good, reliable meal every time.
See you next year!