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.
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 Unfortunately today most of these restaurants have disappeared and been replaced by chain restaurants that cater to a population that is satisfied with fake, over-sugared, plastic fare, as long as it’s fast and copious.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.
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!
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.
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.
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 :D
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 :)
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.
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!