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The Corner Store more than delivers
By LAURIE HIGGINS
March 17, 2011
The motto at The Corner Store is “fresh, fast, fun” and the Chatham eatery certainly lived up to that reputation on a recent visit. The interior has vibrant yellow walls, a tin ceiling and baskets overflowing with fruit, onions and Roma tomatoes that look as if they could be plucked for service at any moment. Seating is limited to a counter on one side of the room and some benches on the front porch, so most people order their food as takeout.
The specialties at The Corner Store are burritos and panini, so we tried one of each. The burritos are made fresh to order and you can choose your own fillings from a huge variety of ingredients beginning with a white or wheat tortilla. Fillings include Monterey Jack cheese, grilled chicken, grilled steak, slow-roasted pork, ground beef, grilled veggies, rice, three types of beans, pico de gallo, fresh roasted corn salsa, guacamole, sour cream, pickled onions, Asian slaw and more.
In addition to the regular choices there is a daily burrito and panino special. On the day of our visit, the burrito special was chicken cacciatore ($7.20), a favorite dish of my husband’s, so that’s what he ordered.
The chicken was tender and tasty, soaking up a light tomato sauce that also included onions and red peppers. He added cheese, roasted vegetables – which consisted of zucchini, summer squash and green beans that all had the perfect amount of crunch – brown rice, pinto beans, corn salsa, jalapenos and guacamole ($1 extra). It was an addictively delicious burrito and large enough for two people to share.
The roast turkey panino ($7.20) was equally excellent, with fresh-tasting sliced turkey, cheddar cheese, bacon, baby spinach and sun-dried tomato aioli pressed between slices of marble rye from Pain D’Avignon in Hyannis. The flavors combined beautifully and I’d order that sandwich again in a heartbeat.
There were two homemade soups: We sampled a cup of the roasted vegetable ($3.95). The soup had a lovely smoky and spicy flavor and reminded me of a winter gazpacho. It was puréed so I couldn’t be certain of all the vegetables, but I detected tomatoes, broccoli, onion and red peppers.
Desserts are all made from scratch and they all looked so good it was hard to choose. The homemade biscotti and carrot cake whoopie pies were tempting and the massive Rice Krispie treat, billed as “the biggest in the world, or at least on the Cape,” made me laugh.
In the end, I settled for an enormous cranberry walnut cookie ($2.12) that was thick and moist and filled with tart bits of cranberries and chopped walnuts. Three whole walnuts on top added a lot to the flavor and appearance. It really was a perfect cookie.
My husband chose the Red Velvet whoopie pie ($3.72), which was also giant sized. The cakelike cookies were moist and crumbly and the cream cheese filling was rich and sweet. The edges of the filling were decorated with cookie crumbles, making a nice presentation.
The staff was friendly and even though it was busy, the line moved quickly. I’ve driven by The Corner Store in the summer and seen lines out the door and down the steps. It’s no mystery why so many people flock here. The food is superb.