Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lunch at the Cozy Dog

8 x 10 oil on 3/8" high quality gessoed panel

On the third day of our trip, after visiting the Lincons’ residence and memorial, we headed for lunch at the Cozy Dog, in Springfield, Illinois, a favorite and original stop for 66 travelers.

The Cozy Dog is home to the corn dog on a stick, invented by Ed Waldmire in 1949, today it is run by third generation Waldmire.

When we were there Buzz Waldmire was on duty in the kitchen, when we told him of our trip on the route, the food and the stories kept coming.

Bob Waldmire was also there, he is the artist who does the highly detailed maps of 66, the maps are truly a collection item, the history and information in them is amazing. Bob is an avid supporter on the preservation of the Route,

The restaurant is loaded with Route 66 memorabilia.

The corn dogs, the fries and the home made doughnuts were great, but the stories were unforgettable. We left the restaurant 3-1/2 hours later, our heads spinning with all we had heard and looking forward to what else the Route had in store for us.

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