Einstein Bros. Bagels was voted as having the best breakfast food in the Best of Bloomington-Normal 2012 results, surpassing McDonalds, which received the honor last year.
“We offer freshly baked bagels, healthy fresh-prepared sandwiches, and high-end specialty coffees in an environment that is fun, fast, and friendly,” Brian Unger, chief restaurant officer of Einstein, said.
“We have the unique capability, through our outstanding operations teams, to provide the breakfast consumer with the fresh and healthy menu items they really want without having to sacrifice their time standing and waiting in a bakery café or in a long line in a coffee shop,” he added.
On a recent visit, Unger also complemented the ISU campus location for the quality of their people as well as their execution.
McDonald’s was bumped to second place in this year’s vote, followed by Wild Berries restaurant.
Tina Colandria, manager of Wild Berries in Normal, attributed a family atmosphere to the restaurant’s success.
“We have a good atmosphere, and since students are away from home, I think they feel that they are more at home when they walk in,” Colandria said.
Wild Berries is a family-owned business, the staff is very close-knit, and each manager at Wild Berries is also a server, which increases productivity within the crew.
“We don’t expect anyone to do anything we wouldn’t do ourselves,” Colandria added.