Billed as "Tacoma's Award-Winning Bakery," Corina Bakery is modern and chic without falling into a pitfall of whimsical cuteness and sugar overload. The new space, next door to the Grand Cinema, is spacious, airy, and bright, which is a vast departure from the previous space around the corner. Plenty of comfortable seating allows you to relax and linger over a cup of coffee and a bakery treat.
It's hard to go wrong with anything from the pastry case (rum balls, anyone?) but I believe the star of the whole show is The King's Favorite cake. Banana cake is luscious and moist, like the best banana bread you could hope for, stacked with peanut butter frosting and coated with a dark chocolate ganache. Despite the richness of the cake, you may find yourself getting dangerously close to finishing one of the enormous slices all by yourself. This cake finds balance among it's components and is saved from the point of diminishing returns by the skilled bakers at Corina; it doesn't feel absurdly heavy or cloying in the way some specialty cakes can. It is obviously a well-developed creation from a team of people who care about their product every step of the way. This cake alone is worth a trip to the bakery!
Corina also has a terrific breakfast menu. Mini quiches (don't overlook the vegetable!) straddle the line between light and buttery, while breakfast sandwiches, croissants, and enormous slices of strata are all great accompaniments to the Valhalla coffee and Mad Hat tea on offer.
Corina Bakery is certainly justified for the awards and recognition it has garnered thus far. Owner Molly Ott and her team are still turning out the same great food they always have, but now with a larger space to showcase their efforts. It is well worth your time to head down to Corina to see what makes them Tacoma's Award-Winning Bakery.