I would begin this with a heart felt thanks to Randal Cooper, who so dilligently answers all Memphis quiries thoroughly and intelligently. Without your help, I never would have made it to the Cozy Corner. I live in N.C., but represent a Memphis based company, and visit Memphis about once a month. I learned about the Corner on Chowhound from Randal, and have been trying to get there ever since. They are only open for lunch, and are almost downtown, and our offices are out east, making it a difficult lunch pilgrimage. However, last week we concluded our meetings at 11:00 am and had a 4:05 pm flight back to Charlotte. Here was my chance. I had 4 customers and my boss in tow. They have been listening to me rant about wanting to eat at the Cozy Corner, so we went with me listening to various refrains of "this better be good". It was.
I ordered for all of us and we had: 1 half chicken platter, 1 Cornish hen platter, 3 smoked sausage sanwiches, 1 bologna sandwich, one pork bbq sandwich and one pound of rib tips. We cut up sandwiches to share and all grabbed for the rib tips, which were outstanding. I ate the Cornish hen and tried not to share! This place was over the top. I had a very nice talk with the owner, who was seemed genuinely pleased that we were there. The only thing I did not like was the no tipping rule! I WILL go back. Thanks again Randal.
As a footnote, I went to the Rendezvous in late Jan. as we were staying downtown at The Madison. I had not been in years, and remembered that I thought the ribs we just so so, but I had some customers who wanted to go. The ribs were terrible. They were so tough that we needed knives to remove the meat from the bones. We did not send them back, as we should have, because all 6 of us had tough ribs and we fiqured they would just bring us more. The lamb riblet appetizer was good, but pricey ( $ 14.00). The atmosphere was as good as ever but hey, the food is what counts. If I ever go back, I will order chicken.
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