I have wanted to try The Cozzy Corner ever since I first stumbled on them while walking my dog downtown this past spring. I’ve been slightly jealous of those of you who beat me there, and increasingly jealous as good reviews poured in. Finally, this past week I was able to try them for myself and it was certainly worth the wait!
When I arrived the owner greeted me with a smile and I noticed her husband moving around the dining area greeting guests. The food is setup cafeteria style so there is no waiting for a waitress much less your food. Moving down the counter I picked two meats and three sides for only $10.99. For the amount of food on my plate that felt like a great deal.
The best thing on my plate was easily the fried chicken. The skin was perfectly fried and deliciously salty. More importantly the skin held fast to the bird after each bite. Prepared by a lesser chef the skin often slides off like a bed sheet after the first bite. I would happily order a whole bucket of that and I am finding myself impatiently waiting for my next opportunity to eat it again. My friend ordered the pulled pork which I also sampled. It was moist, flavorful and not overly smoky. Next time I stop I will likely order the pulled pork for myself.
The side dishes were also very enjoyable. I was afraid I would be disappointed in the red beans and rice because it didn’t look as creamy as the version I frequently make for myself, but I was wrong. Though it was a simpler version of the dish, it was still very enjoyable to eat and I would happily order it again. The exterior of the cornbread had a delicious sugary crunch to it that I didn’t expect. I probably enjoyed eating the exterior of the cornbread better than what it contained underneath. Additionally the fried okra I tried was also well executed. Coated in cornmeal, it provided a nice hot crunch and was not at all greasy. Providing a dipping sauce for the fried okra would have made it exceptional… Sriracha-ranch anyone? (I’m slightly addicted to condiments)
If there was any disappointment it was in the mac and cheese. It wasn’t bad at all; it just wasn’t at all creamy and generally felt underwhelming. I found myself quickly eating through it so I could move on to the other more tempting foods on my plate.
Sitting at my booth conversing with my friend I watched the owner’s husband chat with other diners. I overheard him mention that his wife gets here early each morning and doesn’t leave until 10:00 at night, yet he hasn’t heard her complain. That level of dedication is impressive and clearly shows through in the food she serves.
The Cozzy Corner provides some unique culinary offerings to the Fox Valley and they are done quite well. The husband and wife team appear to be genuinely appreciative of their customers and their personalities make you excited to come back. I happily recommend The Cozzy Corner and I am eager to return.
Have you tried The Cozzy Corner? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.