Route 66 ran through Springfield, IL and the Cozy Dog Drive is still open and operating. It was packed when we were there with a really long line waiting to order.
The original dog-on-a-stick idea was conceived in 1945 when Ed stopped at a roadside cafe in Oklahoma. He observed them making a cornbread sandwich – a wiener baked in cornbread. It was good but it took too long to prepare.
So Ed and a friend of his experimented with different batters until they came up with one that would stick to the wiener when it was deep fried.