cozy_dog1I’m a fan of that Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” because they feature kid-friendly, inexpensive, and most importantly, indigenous restaurants around the U.S.

Plus, I’m a sucker for little independently-owned businesses with local flare.

So whenever we travel, I do a quick check to see if we’ll be near any of the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives restaurants.

Cozy Dog in Springfield, Ill., never made their list, but it should. To any traveling moms (with or without kids) who find themselves in Springfield, you gotta check this place out. I found it while reading about Route 66, and the businesses that are remaining along the historic road. Cozy Dog is on this historic route, which is less than a mile off of I-55. It serves the best corn dogs and bottled root beer you’ve ever tasted.

The inside is decorated with memorabilia from a bygone era, such as newspaper clippings, old model cars and books. We bought a Christmas ornament from their small souvenir stand, picturing their trademark corndogs hugging each other, and it quickly became the kids’ favorite thing to hang on the tree.

Cozy Dog is now a regular stop on our regular Chicago to St. Louis road trip. We used to just order the family platter — which is 4 cozy dogs and a large fry for $9. But as the kids have gotten older and my clothes have featured more elastic, we each need TWO corn dogs. Disgusting, but so delicious.

Perhaps D,D & D will discover it soon. But maybe you’ll get there first.