People have been telling me good things about the Cornish hen at Cozy Corner so I decided I needed to make a return trip to try one. I’d also heard that it is better to eat it at home, since there is no way to look like a civilized human being while devouring one, so I got it to-go. It turns out that everything I’d heard was true. They are a delicious, glorious mess. I couldn’t stop eating until I’d thoroughly cleaned every bit of meat from my leftover pile of bones.
I would caution against ordering one with the hot barbecue sauce unless you are really a fan of spicy foods. The heat builds steadily as you eat and by the time I finished an entire bird I had a burning mouth and running nose. It was similar to a really great serving of hot wings, but with a lot more meat and a natural smoke flavor underneath the sauce. It would be a great meal to eat at home with a few cold beers while watching a game on TV. The breast meat seemed a little dry and bland compared to the legs, thighs, wings and back, but that’s a problem inherent to chicken breast. Eating an entire bird in one sitting lets you really compare the differences in flavor between all the different white and dark meats, and it really drives home the realization that chicken breast is an inferior cut of meat that has done nothing to deserve its current popularity.
I would still consider the ribs I had on my previous visit the best thing on the menu, but the hen made for a great change of pace. And as shocking as it may seem, not everyone loves pork ribs so it's always good to have other options if you're dining with a group.