Cordero’s – Honesdale, Pennsylvania

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Home-style, according to the dictionary,  means “such as would be made at home; simple and unpretentious”.  When I think of home-style I think of good food, served with warmth and caring, food served up in the style of my mother, grandmothers and aunts, not to forget my father, grandfathers and uncles as they presided over a down home barbecue or fish fry.  I hope, whether I’m making a foie gras saute or a meatloaf, that I manage to maintain this tradition of gifting my friends and family with food.

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Back in the day, popular home-style restaurants and diners managed to re-create this familial atmosphere of comfort, warmth, simplicity and good food.  Unfortunately today most of these restaurants have disappeared and been replaced by chain restaurants that cater to a population that is satisfied with fake, over-sugared, plastic fare, as long as it’s fast and copious.  A population that, even when eating together, eats alone.

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Cordero’s, a family run restaurant, has been in business for over 60 years and it’s easy to see why.  No matter how busy the wait staff is, they always seem to have time for a good morning, hello, coffee? or some form of friendly recognition to reassure their valued clients that they have been seen.  Multitaskers and in general just happy people, the staff greets their regulars, welcomes newcomers, takes and delivers orders with smiles, jokes and laughter.  We love these people!

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The counter seats are as comfortable as the booths and whether you drop in for a meal or a coffee and a look at the local newspaper, you know you’re in the right place.

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At Cordero’s the family has paid attention to every detail, and rather than the studied staginess  of chain diner/restaurants, the authenticity of Cordero’s speaks to a way of life that has not been forgotten or abandoned.

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Look at the “correctness” of the salt and pepper shakers, the sugar dispenser and the heavy solidity of the coffee mugs.  You could live here.  We almost do 😀

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Cholesterol?  Not a problem.  We don’t mind taking a few risks for the quality of this real food.  Sausage, eggs, home fries and buttered toast.  To die for 🙂

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Shockingly, this summer I saw a sign at another diner that limited the time you had to finish your meal to 45 minutes from the time you were served.  Ironically, the server mechanically urged us to enjoy our meal!  How could we?  That was a little nerve-racking and we haven’t and don’t intend to return.

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Winter is coming but Cordero’s is on a main road that’s sure to be plowed by the time we’re ready for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Such a relief!

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An American living in Burgundy, France
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13 Responses to Cordero’s – Honesdale, Pennsylvania

  1. Mad Dog says:

    That looks like my kind of place – I bet they do a good meatloaf 😉

  2. Laura says:

    I truly look forward to trying the baby beef, hopefully with onions, on my next visit!

  3. jz says:

    we LOVE places like this! we went to a diner in vandergrift pa. this morning and i had the best omelet i have ever eaten. it is owned by a greek family and they served gyro omelets with tzaziki sauce that i just can’t describe. we couldn’t finish them and they cost 6.99. i would never normally order something like this but i was so glad i did. i always judge a place by it’s breakfast. this was one of those meals that the last bite was as good as the first.

  4. little smokeey says:

    Reblogged this on little smokeey!:) and commented:
    this is yuummyyy

  5. Conor Bofin says:

    I love it. I have often to go to NJ and love eating in diners like this. They are such a treat for me.

  6. So glad to hear that diners like this are not all dead or gentrifried to death!

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