Cozy Dog Drive In

Springfield, Illinois

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Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois doesn’t sell corn dogs, they sell Cozy Dogs. Yes, their signature item is a battered and fried hot dog on a stick, but they make it clear that Cozy Dogs preceded the modern corn dog and are superior in quality and taste to your normal cornmeal dipped fair dog.

This corn drenched hot dog on a stick was invented and perfected by Ed Waldmire Jr. while he was in the Air Force during World War II. Waldmire was inspired by a food item he’d encountered in Muskogee, Oklahoma called a “corn dog.” But this corn dog was far from the festival fair we know today. This sandwich-like creation consisted of a wiener baked into cornbread. Similar flavors but without that signature stick or golden fried crunch. He set out to create a new version of the corn dog that was just as tasty but quicker to prepare. With the help of his friend Don Strand the modern day corn dog was born.

Ed originally called the creation a “crusty cur,” and it quickly became popular at the local USO club. After he was honorably discharged in 1946, Ed returned home and decided to continue selling the snack in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. There would just be one change. At the urging of his wife, the moniker of “crusty cur” was changed to a more friendly sounding “Cozy Dog.”

Waldmire began selling his Cozy Dogs at the Lake Springfield Beach House and at the Illinois State Fair. In 1949 the Cozy Dog Drive In opened on Route 66, and, while the business has moved a few times over the years, you can still find these treats on the Mother Road today. In fact, the recipe hasn’t changed since the 1940s, Cozy Dog Drive In still use the same equipment they used in the 1960s, and the business is still family owned, now being run by a third generation of Waldmires.

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Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Restaurant

Cozy Dog Drive In

5 based on 1 reviews

Address:
2935 S 6th St, Springfield, IL 62703

Hours:
8am-8pm (Monday-Saturday)
Closed Sunday

Cost:
$

Phone Number:
(217) 525-1992

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Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Restaurant
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Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Restaurant
Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Restaurant
Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois Route 66 Restaurant

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Besides Cozy Dogs, this Route 66 restaurant offers an expanded menu that includes burgers, a pork tenderloin or chicken sandwich, regular hot dogs, fries, onion rings, and chili. Or come for a breakfast (served until 11am) of eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, toast, French toast, pancakes, and breakfast sandwiches.
  • Check out the menu for family combos, value menus, and specials.
  • Food is available to eat in or take to go. Or order delivery from Uber Eats.
  • Cozy Dog Drive in is closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, July 4th, Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday-Monday), Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve through New Years Day.

Where to Stay Near Cozy Dog Drive In

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these nearby Route 66 hotels in Springfield, Illinois.

State House Inn

State House Inn, a landmark hotel in Springfield, Illinois, features a business center, gym, ironing service, and complimentary breakfast with a convenient location directly across the street from the Illinois State Capitol. Book a stay in one of the two themed Presidential Suites: the Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd.

Inn at 835

Located near the Illinois State Capital and numerous Lincoln Historical sites, Inn at 835 offers 11 guest rooms, plus two additional suites in the Bell House. Accommodations include private baths with plush towels, hand-milled French soaps, soft linens, antique furnishings, flat screen TVs, and WiFi.

Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center

The Route 66 Hotel in Springfield, Illinois was originally the first Holiday Inn located on Route 66. Now the locally owned accommodation serves as a hotel, conference center, and gaming center with a Route 66 theme.

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  1. LOVE a good Cozy Dog! This spot should be on everyone’s road trip itinerary for lunch or dinner when traveling through Springfield, Illinois!

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