75 King St. South
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1P2
(Waterloo Town Square)
725 Ottawa St. South
(Across from Laurentian Centre)
Interestingly, people can generally have the same breakfast day after day, whereas if you feed someone the same thing for dinner over and over you'll hear complaints pretty fast. Almost everyone wants familiar, routine items for breakfast, so there's not a lot of room for creativity (artful fruit sculptures not withstanding). So the key for a successful breakfast restaurant is execution. Cora's has the formula down fairly well -- and as long as you're not expecting fine dining levels of service and quality -- manages to pull it off.
I started off with a strawberry banana smoothie, which could be more accurately be described as a "crunchie". There was enough ice blended in that I suspect the ice to drink ratio was similar to what you'd find in a movie theatre fountain drink. As you can see from the picture, the strawberry on top wasn't very ripe at all, although being the middle of winter probably doesn't help.
out every flaw: fruit wasn't ripe, apples soggy, bacon over-fried, and buns soggy.
Service was quick and friendly, and the kitchen was reasonably quick with about half of the restaurant filled. Portions were large and very filling for a breakfast or lunch. But don't mistake Cora's for a homely, family run diner where the owner knows your order by heart. With 100 locations now open, this is a corporate chain through and through. While we went to the Kitchener location, if the Waterloo Town Square spot is just as similar, I fear for the future of Angie's which is just outside the mall. While the prices are quite a bit higher, the healthy veneer of lots of fresh fruit will probably attract more of today's health conscious diners.