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Village Corner Review

There are only a few things that outnumber restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California: grains of sand on the beaches there… and possibly dogs; both come to mind. Where restaurants are concerned, the competition is decidedly quite keen. And if a restaurant is going to do well and remain a viable and thriving business in Carmel – especially with all the competition – the food and service must be nearly perfect.

Bistro-Style Cuisine at its Very, Very Best!

Located in the heart of Carmel on the corner of Delores and 6th Avenue, The Village Corner has been catering to local residents, visiting celebrities and tourists for over sixty years. This is Bistro-style cuisine at its very, very best, and when I get the opportunity to visit Carmel-by-the-Sea for more than a day or two, the Village Corner is at the very top of my list of places to go. The reason is simple. Everything about the place is always top-notch.

My wife and I had just that opportunity recently (April, 2015) when we were in the area as the result of an excursion to do wine tasting in the Central Coast region, as well as scout a Frank Lloyd Wright structure located in San Luis Obispo. Our trip was almost over, and we were more than ready for what the Village Corner had to offer. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and the menu items are as mouth-watering and flavorful as they are varied. A look at the breakfast menu alone will prove that!

There were five of us desirous of breakfast on a Friday morning at approximately 10:00 am. As we entered the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by an employee who asked if we wanted to sit inside or out; our preference, of course was to be seated outdoors. Although it was a chilly and somewhat foggy morning, the propane heaters were glowing and the patio was warm and inviting. 

A server approached our table almost immediately and offered water, coffee or perhaps something a bit stronger. A glass of champagne seemed appropriate, so we ordered one to toast a successful excursion, as well as a small family reunion. We raised our glasses smiled a big smile, content in the knowledge that our hunger was soon to be sated. 

Orders consisted of a San Francisco Joe’s Special (ground Angus beef, sautéed onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, & spinach scrambled with three eggs: 10.95), a Veggie Benedict (avocado, spinach & mushrooms: 10.95), a Breakfast Express (two eggs, two buttermilk pancakes & choice of bacon or sausage: 12.75), a Breakfast Burrito (scrambled eggs, onions, tomatoes, potatoes & cheddar-jack cheese rolled in a warm four tortilla & drizzled with sour cream. Served with fresh guacamole & salsa: 11.25) and lastly, I ordered a Breakfast Sandwich (two fried eggs, Monterey Jack cheese, & your choice of smoked ham, sausage patties or Applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce & tomato on toasted wheat bread; served with breakfast potatoes: 9.25).

Our server kept water glasses filled and kept a constant and watchful eye on the table, even as he tended to several other tables for which he was also responsible. Our breakfasts arrived shortly: hot, beautifully plated and tasty as ever. It was another flawless breakfast. I have only been to The Village Corner for breakfast and lunch, but no doubt the dinners are flawlessly perfect as well. With so many excellent dining venues in Carmel, it’s difficult to keep from trying more of them. But I can’t help myself; I just keep returning to the place that has never let me down! 

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Ralph Pancetta

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Review posted: 9/11/15

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Restaurant Info

Village Corner
6th Ave at Dolores St.
Carmel, CA 93921

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