#CozzyLove: Inside The “World Famous” Cozzy Corner
“It’s just good food.” Philip Bennett tells me as we’re chatting in the tall booths that line The Cozzy Corner in Downtown Appleton. The statement is confident, but seems like an understatement given the accolades from BuzzFeed and Food Network. Bennett and his wife Heidi purchased the Southern soul food oasis around the very beginning of 2020 from Natasha and Mike Banks. “Cozzy,” as the soul food joint has become known, is tucked into the heart of Downtown Appleton. It’s right next to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. So what makes the food so good?
Philip tells us it’s, “Southern food prepared the right way.” Philip’s history with food started in Yazu, Mississippi as a child. In Yazu his grandmother owned a restaurant, thus introducing a young Bennett to the business. Bennett adds a Mississippi flavor to the menu. The original recipes are a combination of Natasha Bank’s Alabama and Florida soul food.
“It’s just different for the area.” Bennett tells me, “We really smoke our meats.” From frog legs to chicken & waffle sandwiches and soul food platters, the flavors at The Cozzy Corner are undeniable.
Cozzy in also known for their one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Inside Cozzy is something fit for Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives. For instance, you are surrounded by classic records and quirky Southern motifs. The space is truly ‘cozy’ in its stature. A quaint spot garnished with murals from artist Chad Brady. As a result Cozzy actually helped give Brady, a muralist now well known around Appleton, a start.
If you live, work or travel in Northeast Wisconsin, you should consider giving The Cozzy Corner a try at 111 N Walnut Street in Appleton.