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Down-home at The Corner Bar and Grill

The Corner - Lively

by Madison White Franks

On Mary Ball Road in Lively in Lancaster County, you’ll find a small restaurant appropriately named “The World Famous” Corner Bar and Grill.

Owner Connor Lord, opened the restaurant doors eight years ago in September 2009 and he says The Corner has the best cheeseburger in town.

The building that houses The Corner Bar and Grill once housed a country store owned by the Ransones in the 1930s. The Ransones closed the country store in 1977 and it has since housed a number of restaurants.

The Lynnie Sue

My husband, Taylor, and I chose to make our way to The Corner on a recent Friday afternoon for a late lunch/early dinner—before the happy hour rush. The Corner offers a laid back atmosphere with a jukebox, pin-ball machine and pool table for entertainment. Also a roadside front porch with bar top seating if you like eating outside. An eclectic collection of sports memorabilia graces the place.

Before arriving at the restaurant, I was craving a soft crab sandwich, and I was pleasantly surprised to find one. The menu offered a variety of sandwiches, possibly named for regular diners. Taylor chose the Lynnie Sue, a hearty combination of grilled chicken breast, country ham, spicy mustard, mayonnaise and swiss cheese on toast, with chips.

The menu is loaded with options ranging from seafood, chicken, sandwiches and quesadillas. The occasional specials, like soft crab sandwiches, crab legs and even sugar toads. Thursday is shrimp night.

Appetizers included soft crab bites, which are soft crabs without the legs, quartered, lightly battered and deep fried. You can wash it all down with a soft drink, coffee, tea or an ice cold beer.

The cook for the day was Anthony Santangelo. As he quickly prepared our meal, the restaurant filled with the sweet aroma of crab and grilled bread. You can call it rustic, you can call it quaint—there’s only a counter separating the grill from the tables, so we could hear Anthony working the spatula to flip Taylor’s sandwich as he grilled it to perfection.

Soft crab sandwich

My soft crab sandwich came with two crabs on white bread. I added an onion and topped it with tartar sauce. It was seasoned and fried to perfection. The first soft crab sandwich I’d had in years, it was everything that I expected and more. Eating a soft crab is, in my opinion, the best way to get your fill of crab, because you don’t have to pry away at a shell and pick at the meat.

Taylor said his sandwich tasted like a grilled cordon bleu. He was impressed by The Corner’s variety of sandwiches to choose from.

Now Connor claimed the cheeseburger was the best in town, so I made a return visit a few days later and it didn’t disappoint. The burger was cooked medium well and I added onion, mayonnaise and ketchup. The cheese oozed off the burger and was melted just right for a very tasty meal with a side of fries.

The Corner offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with great food at a great price.

If you go…
The Corner Bar and Grill

5360 Mary Ball Road


11 a.m. to approximately 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday

On the Menu
Seafood • Burgers • Sandwiches

Did you know?
Owner, Conner Lord opened the doors to The Corner in 2009. Lord organizes the Lively Christmas Parade, mark the calendar, Sunday, December 10. 

posted 07.27.2017

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