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Appleton’s Cozzy Corner recognized by the Food Network


Appleton is home to Wisconsin’s best fried chicken.

So says the Food Network in its online slideshow, “The Best Fried Chicken in Every State.”

The Cozzy Corner, located just off College Avenue and across from the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center on Walnut Street, proudly spread word of their well deserved honor via social media today. 

The article by Jenn Rice quotes Cozzy owner Natasha Banks and notes her “serious knack for Southern food.”

Hear, hear.

It’s a recognition that wouldn’t come as a surprise to the many fans of the restaurant, which serves up southern delights among musical murals and blues, soul and Motown favorites pouring from the speakers.

And not to beat a dead horse, or in this case, a dead chicken, but … 

I’d say it’s about time we see some lines running out the door of the downtown diner and around the corner.

You can’t get the best just anywhere.

As we’ve recently found out, the Fox Valley apparently loves its fried chicken like no place else.

Over the weekend, unbelievably long waits continued at the Fox Valley’s two, new fast food chicken joints — about two and a half miles west of Cozzy Corner. The novelty hasn’t worn off yet.

The drive-through line at Chick-fil-A went into the street and the line for the counter ran out onto the sidewalk during Saturday’s dinner hour. Popeyes hasn’t slowed much, either.

It remains a dumbfounding phenomenon.

I wrote it four weeks ago, and I stand by it today: Popeyes is fine, “but as far as chicken goes, it’s not anywhere near the same league as our Cozzy Corner.”

If you don’t believe me, take it from the Food Network.