Of their 15 location in the valley, I usually hit up the Chandler location just off of Chandler BLVD. Located right next door toThe Coffee Bean, its perfect for a breakfast bagel and coffee. Being a born and raised New Yorker, I thought good bagels would be hard to come by out here. Although not as good, Einstein Brothers comes pretty close. They offer several different varieties and other sandwich options.
My default order when it comes to bagels is a plain bagel, toasted, with chicken salad. You can have either chips or a few other selections of sides with your meal and it is priced well. Sometimes the chicken salad varies and can be better or worst than before but I am usually satisfied.
If you plan on going there on a Saturday morning, don’t plan on finding a seat. The place usually fills up quite fast and can sometimes have a line out the door. So I usually get my order and head next door to The Coffee Bean and eat there or just bring it back to my apartment. Also, drivers beware! The parking lot is kind of cramped and is usually filled with some of the worst drivers in Arizona. I have prob almost been hit or avoided an accident a couple times.
Overall I keep returning to Einstein brothers because of their quality bagels and location. They seem to be doing well in the valley and have just launched a new website. http://www.einsteinbros.com/
The Cozy Corner Cafe juts out of a strip mall at McKellips and Recker Roads. Despite the name,. it is not located in an obvious “corner” of the mall. They serve breakfast and lunch, closing at about 2PM daily.
The Cozy Corner Cafe at 5901 E. McKellips Road, Suite 102 in Mesa, AZ isn’t quite in a corner, rather in the middle of a small strip mall, but close enough. The home style restaurant offers a wide variety of breakfast plates as well as a decent lunch menu while providing a warm and “cozy” atmosphere.
Our group of four headed into the cafe right around one o’clock. It seems as if they may be primarily known for their breakfast, as it was well advertised and the restaurant looked a little empty for one o’clock. When we were asked where we would like to sit we all kind of looked around, noticing that all of their tables and chairs were rather small. We decided to site at two separate tables next to each other in order to dine comfortably. After skimming the menu a little a man sitting at the table behind us told us that the restaurant closes at 2, this comes into play a little later.
I went with the breakfast menu and choose to order the Southwest Breakfast Burrito. The burrito comes with chorizo, eggs, and potatoes all rolled up in a warm flour tortilla and topped with sour cream and their own fresh salsa. The size of the burrito was rather impressive while the taste was only fairly decent. The burrito was drenched in their own fresh salsa and seeing as how I was not a big fan of the salsa this was a little upsetting. None the less I finished my burrito and was content. Now all I needed was some soda to wash it down however my class was empty and the waitress was no where to be found.
As three of us sat there with empty cups it would have been nice to get a quick round of refills. This added onto the fact that one of my fellow diners was served the wrong food made things a little more disappointing. It is to my suspection that our waitress was busy doing her pre-close duties rather than checking out us one last time. While I understand the urge to close as fast as possible it is important to never loose fact that the customer is first, no matter what. There was also another 30 minutes before 2 anyway, certainly the pre-close duties couldn’t be that urgent.
In conclusion, I have a mediocre opinion of the Cozy Corner Cafe. The service and the food could have been a little better. I’m not completely discouraged from ever going back, but I wouldn’t put the cafe at the front of my options either.