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The Cornerstone Deli Cafe

Columbus

Chad W. Lutz
Have you ever been to one of those places that seems really great at first sight, but the longer you hang around and really take a look at your surroundings, you begin to choke on your initial assumptions? That’s how I feel about the Cornerstone Deli off High St. in Columbus.

In town on assignment to cover Wolf People at Ace of Cups later that evening, I made it from my office in North Canton to a local coffee shop with time to spare. My friend, Brendan, suggested we hit up Cornerstone. “It has healthy food and it’s pretty cheap,” he boasted. Hitting both of my prerequisites for restaurant food, I naturally figured the place would be a shoe-in. Well, let me tell you.
(Lutz 2013)
From the outside, The Cornerstone Deli Café looks like your prototypical deli. Large pane windows give sidewalk goers sweeping views of the inside from the street. Green awnings and a bright marquee dawning the establishment’s name hang invitingly over the front entranceway. The first thing you notice as you enter is the long counter toward the back of the restaurant, which includes a full salad bar. Upon further inspection, one will note the salad bar doubles as a sushi counter; yes, I said it. There is a salad bar and house made sushi all in one place. And accompanying the oriental tastes of in-house sushi are large menus of Chinese foods. In addition to sushi, Chinese food, and salads, Cornerstone Cafe sells sandwiches, pizzas, breakfast foods, and kid’s meals. Rice bowls are a big favorite, as are the sandwiches, which range in tastes from The Herbivore vegetarian sandwich to the meaty Mini Italy sandwich.

The walls are two-tone green. To the right on the far wall sits a giant goldfish mural. Cornerstone spares no expense and provides half-dome chandelier lighting for patrons to dine by. Local art, mainly photography, adorns the walls. Light banter carried across the dining area and from the kitchen the entire time I was there. It was pleasant, at first. And then the smell of burnt toast, which like an alarm set, wafted out of the kitchen so heavy and with such regularity you would think the staff sprayed it out of aerosol cans to disinfect. If that was the case, that appeared to be about the only disinfecting Cornerstone employed.
(Lutz 2013)
After putting an order of sushi in, Brendan and I looked for a seat and found most of them were still littered with food from previous diners. Under one table, which we ultimately stood up from, we found nearly an entire meal, save for a few bites taken out of it, lying in a heap on the floor, which looked unswept, unmopped, and pockmarked with diner debris.

What thwarts my account of The Cornerstone Deli Café is that most of the people we saw enter the restaurant ordered carryout or came in for pick-up. Cornerstone offers online ordering and delivery services. There’s a $12.00 minimum on delivery orders, with a $2.00 up charge for the service. Catering services also stand readily available upon request for customers looking to feed large parties. After two hours of probably getting far too acquainted with a place that appears better frequented as a carryout spot, the metaphorical revolving door of folks filtering in and out all makes sense. The food is great, and I highly recommend it. Just, keep your eyes on the counter if you do decide to venture inside.
The Cornerstone Deli Café
3296 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio
(614) 267-3354
Monday thru Sunday: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Prices: $2.99 to $9.99