For the majority of us, Sundays are spent with family. We all sit at the dinner table to break bread before the chaos of the week begins. Keeping this in mind, we visited Cordon’s Famous Taste of Chicago on Sunday evening.
Gaby: We arrived just a bit after 7:00 p.m. and it took us a while to get settled in. We moved from our first wobbly table to a small booth cozy enough for two.
Trisha: Because Cordons’ normally closes at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings, we didn’t have the opportunity to order a true Chicago deep-dish pizza. The menu clearly stated that deep dish pizzas take at least 45 minutes to prepare and serve. I quote, “Allow 45 minutes to make…It’s worth the wait!” Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to make another trip to check them out!
Gaby: Walking into Cordon’s is like walking into a Chicago memorabilia shop. The exposed brick wall is complimented by the checkerboard table cloth. A painted skyline of the Windy City and bobble heads of its beloved celebrities stand as the main focus, while at a tucked-away corner there is a small tribute to Jazz music.
Trisha: Even the menu items have their fair share of well-known landmarks and Chicago influencers, for example: Belushi’s Tower of Onions, Sears Tower Cheese Sticks, Tommy Boys, Cubby’s Steak and Cheese Sandwich, Wrigley Wings and Ditka’s Chili Dog with an Attitude.
Gaby: You’re going to kill me, but who is Ditka?
Trisha: Mike Ditka! Player and then coach for the Chicago Bears, with a rep for angry outbursts on the field, who then became a commentator.
Gaby: So if his dog is so good, why is he holding a pizza slice on the menu’s photo?
Trisha: Maybe it’s subliminal. Never mind…
Cordon’s was packed and our gracious servers were overwhelmed. At one point I had to stand up to find ours but, after that incident, we were taken care for the rest of the evening. Although the majority of the servers are probably high school juniors or seniors, they were very friendly and attentive. There was even one endearing old soul, couldn’t be more than 18 years old, that came up to me and said with a smile, “Ma’am, I just wanted to stay that I really like your Stone Temple Pilots t-shirt.” Coolest kid ever!
Gaby: That kid is good in my book now! But mad props to our server who recommended the Sears Tower Cheese Sticks and didn’t bat an eye at my weirdness for ordering a sample of the menu’s much acclaimed “award-winning” chili. I don’t know what it won, but it is a delicious topper for their hot dogs and fries.
By this time it was already 7:30, and we were worried about the restaurant closing. However, because the restaurant was still filled with people, our server informed us that they would remain open for us until the last person was gone.
Trisha: Our appetizer appeared on our table along with our bottle of Bogle Essential Red. Each stick was a perfectly encased log of mozzarella paired with spicy Marinara sauce. I didn’t even pretend not to eat a second one.
Gaby: As we waited for our entrees, one could not help but notice all the tweens and teens surrounding the restaurant. Its proximity to various neighborhoods and its outdoor volleyball and basketball courts (football field coming soon) create the perfect hang out for adolescents too young to drive, but too old to be seen with mom or dad. And, although they are everywhere, there seems to be an unspoken treaty amongst them and the restaurant’s proprietor of mutual respect; a.k.a. you can still enjoy your glass of wine without any worries.
Trisha: You mean bottle, dear.
So as to “taste” as much of Chicago as possible, after indulging in those seriously cheesy sticks, we decided to share a kid’s pepperoni pizza with added mushrooms and a Famous Maxwell Street Dog. Our street dog consisted of Vienna Polish sausage on a poppy seed bun with sautéed onions, sport peppers and was topped with mustard. I requested some tomato as an additional topping and was not denied. Let me tell you, that dog did not disappoint.
Gaby: You make fun of our kid’s pizza, but it was the perfect portion size so as to try a variety of dishes without feeling guilty. You can also look into making this an appetizer for a small table. It had about 8 to 10 small slices. Just because it says “kid’s pizza” don’t be fooled, this dish has plenty of flavor to keep any adult’s tummy happy.
Other menu options consist of calzones, pastas, sandwiches, salads and burgers. Of course they offer a variety of cold domestics and craft beers, as well as different wine options to accompany any dish on their tasty menu.
Trisha: Cordon’s Famous Taste of Chicago is located at 4304 W. Freddy Gonzalez, Edinburg, TX 78539. They can be reached at (956) 383-4567. Their hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Happy Hour special Monday thru Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.