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We’d like to thank Visit Springfield for hosting our visit to Cozy Dog Drive In.  As usual, all opinions are honest and our own.

Cozy Dog

If you come to Springfield, Illinois, to check out the Abraham Lincoln attractions, don’t forget to put some old Route 66 highlights on your itinerary. One of the best Route 66 stops in Illinois is the Cozy Dog Drive In.  You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 1950s as you enjoy the original fresh-dipped corn dog on a stick.

Cozy Dog History

Cozy Dog

According to the history page on the Cozy Dog website, Ed Waldmire, Jr. and his wife, began selling the corn dogs on a stick in Springfield in 1946.  These Cozy Dogs also made their first appearance at the Illinois State Fair later that year.  Before he began selling the version on a stick, Waldmire had tasted a dish in which hot dogs were baked into cornbread.  After a friend developed a recipe for a special batter, Waldmire began dipping hot dogs on a stick into the batter and frying them like a French fry.  The Cozy Dog was born.

Before the Drive In existed, Waldmire owned two Cozy Dog Houses in Springfield.  The Cozy Dog Drive In opened in 1949 on Route 66.  In 1996, the Cozy Dog Drive In moved to its current home next to the original Drive In spot.  Cozy Dog Drive In is still owned and operated by the Waldmire family.

The Cozy Dog Drive In

Cozy Dog

When you enter the restaurant, you can head straight to the counter to place your order.  The menu is on the wall behind the counter.

Cozy Dog

As you wait to place your order, you may get a glimpse of Cozy Dog production in action.

Cozy Dog fryer

The restaurant itself is a fun place to explore.  The walls are filled with Route 66 memorabilia and Cozy Dog history.

Cozy Dog

Trying the Cozy Dog

While there are some other items on the menu, Jeff and I felt compelled to try the famous Cozy Dogs.  They offer a family basket of four Cozy Dogs and their homemade fries.  Bring it!

Cozy Dog

I’m not usually a corn dog consumer, but I gave these a try.  Oh my goodness!  Goodness is the word.  The batter was fried beautifully; it was crisp on the outside and moist on the inside.

Cozy Dog

It was the best corn dog I’ve ever tasted.  I dipped mine into mustard.

Cozy Dog


Jeff frequently eats corn dogs, and he said Cozy Dogs rank among the best corn dogs he’s ever had.

Cozy Dog

Kristin had the kids’ chicken strips, and she said they were yummy, too.

Cozy Dog

You can even wash your meal down with some Cozy Dog craft root beer.  I can’t think of a more perfect drink to go with my Cozy Dog.

Our Experience

Cozy Dog

We loved our Cozy Dog visit!  In fact, I know if I’m even remotely close to the area, I will make another trip to this fun place.  I loved the Route 66 decor, and the corn dogs are yummy.  If you’re heading to the Springfield area, don’t forget to put the Cozy Dog Drive In on your list of must-dos!

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  1. Wow looks like a great place to stop if you’re traveling along Route 66 to eat and see some history. watch our for Lightning McQueen. Lol

  2. Oh my gosh! This looks sooo good! I love corn dogs and I love the style of the place! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Looks like a fun place to stop! I always love local restaurants with a bit of history! I don’t eat hot dogs, but I do love a good root beer so I’d stop in just to give that a try. Springfield isn’t far, so I’m sure we’ll get there in the next few years!

  4. Lisa Manderino Reply

    Eating across the country sounds amazing! I love the root beer bottles!

  5. What a great stop! I feel like places like this don’t get enough credit, so love your post giving them some love!

  6. Cozy Dog craft root beer is something that I would love to try. Route 66 is a fun drive with wonderful sites to see.

  7. Tricia Snow Reply

    Looks like a great place to stop on Rt. 66! Who doesn’t love a great corn dog!

  8. Taci- Life Beyond Zebra Reply

    How fun! I don’t really eat corn dogs but it sounds like this this is the place to do it for sure! I hope to do a Route 66 trip one day.

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