We weren't going to do this, but we, um, renegotiated our budget, prayed our tax refund would come in when expected, and set off. It's not that chemo is so hard on Ernie or so dramatic, but it somehow still messes with our heads a bit and to go away on a wander the day or two before is incredibly comforting.

So. Off we went.

On one of our last trips, we'd found a lovely sign in Janesville, Wisconsin: the Cozy Inn. Chop suey, it announced. Afterward, I read up a bit on it and found that it is reported to be the oldest Chinese restaurant in Wisconsin (1922) and the second oldest (still functioning) in the US. AND….they said they had big round booths. I was intrigued. On Friday we took off in the morning and hit Janesville a bit after noon. We walked up the incredibly steep stairway to the second floor. The restaurant was incredibly dark; the red curtains gave it a dramatic glow. When the hostess/waitress/everything came to us we asked for a round booth. We sat down and I was so happy. Traditional Chinese instrumentals tinkled through the speakers and the red menus were so worn you could barely see the word 'Cozy.' 'Inn' seemed to be totally worn off. We weren't particularly hungry but we ordered Ernie's favorite egg drop soup and egg rolls. It tasted perfect. We drank some tea and watched other folks. Such a beautiful room. They even had ALMOND COOKIES! I LOVE almond cookies, gluten or no, and none of the Chinese restaurants around here seem to have them…not that I should have them mind you. We took our almond cookies to save for later and paid our minuscule bill. I forgot to get a picture of old phone booth. Next time. Next time, Cozy Inn. 

Oh, and by the way, the oldest operating Chinese restaurant in the country is in Montana. Just FYI.

Onward.

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2 thoughts on “Round 3 pre-chemo wander; Day One, Stop One: the Cozy Inn

  1. Look like you wandered to a good place. Love the Chinesey lettering on the sign. The worst Chinese restaurant in the whole world is in Lewes, DE. Don’t go there.

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