Cozy Dog

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Hot Dog
One of the best

Created during World War II by Ed Waldemire when he was in the Air Force stationed in Texas, this particular corn-clad, deep-fried pup was originally called Crusty Cur and was a big hit with flyboys at the Amarillo P.X. After the war, Waldemire’s wife convinced him that his wiener needed a more appealing name; and in 1946, they opened the first Cozy Dog (so christened because no one eats a single, lonely one).

You don’t have to be a street food connoisseur to savvy the difference between a Cozy Dog and an common corn dog. Dipped in batter and deep-fried when ordered, the Cozy’s batter jacket has a bright crunch and the dog within is plump with juice. Family baskets include four cozy dogs and a large order of French fries. The fries, cut here, are delightful.

Service is do-it-yourself. When your order is ready, pick up the tray at the counter then head to the condiment bar for pickles, relish, peppers, and onions and find a seat at one of the tables, each of which is topped with a laminated collage of Route 66 ephemera.

Cozy Dog today is a shrine to Route 66 and to itself, packed with mementos, memorabilia, clippings, and old signs, as well as with Mother Road souvenirs for sale. Route 66 between Chicago and St. Louis is now Interstate 55 and the Cozy Dog Drive-In is now situated where the old Abe Lincoln Motel used to be.

What to Eat
Cozy Dog, Cozy Dog
Cozy Dog
A pair of Cozy Dogs await decoration with squiggles of mustard.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday8am - 8pm
Tuesday8am - 8pm
Wednesday8am - 8pm
Thursday8am - 8pm
Friday8am - 8pm
Saturday8am - 8pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
12 stops | 420 MILES | 7 hr 37 min

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21 stops | 2213 MILES | 34 hr 19 min

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2 stops | 1639 FEET | 6 min

Illinois Route 66 is a highway rich with crazy attractions, unique museums, America's heartland history, and colorful odes to the joy of exploring the country on four wheels. Food along the way is a beckoning banquet of hometown, square-meals diners and friendly taverns with personality galore. Essential eats include Cozy Dogs (the original -- and…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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