The Cozy Inn

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A few months back, I read an article about the top 40 burger joints in America. I was surprised to find a place on the list that was about 45 minutes away from where I grew up. How had I never heard of this place?!? The last time I went home for a visit, I knew I had to try this place. It’s been there since 1922 so it wasn’t like it was going anywhere, but I HAD TO HAVE IT.

The Cozy Inn located in Salina, Kansas opened its doors in 1922 and has been going strong ever since. It’s one of the few remaining 6 stool diners in the United States.

Pay close attention to the outdoor seating

Pay close attention to the outdoor seating

To my surprise, the place was packed. Okay, I know what you are thinking. There are only 6 stools, of course it was packed… There was also a line of people standing behind the stools. After taking 15 seconds to look over the menu, we placed our order.

The Cozy Inn Menu Board

The Cozy Inn Menu Board

It wasn’t hard to decide because the burgers only come one way. They are served as sliders and cooked with onions just like White Castle, which opened in 1921. You get to decide if you want ketchup, mustard and pickle on your burgers. Don’t ask for cheese. Don’t ask for it without onions. Seriously, don’t ask for no onions or you might not make it out alive. This is not Burger King and you don’t get it your way. I have to give my wonderful husband credit. He came along to try it even though he absolutely DESPISES onions. He did it for me and I am so appreciative of that.

Onions, lots of onions

Onions, lots of onions

I was giddy with anticipation to try a bite of history. Since there really was nowhere to sit or go to the bathroom for that matter, and it was winter (i.e. freaking cold) we didn’t want to sit outside. We took our sack of sliders out to the car and tore into the bag (when I say we, I mean me).

Sack of sliders

Sack of sliders

The first one was as expected but by the time I ate the 2nd and 3rd ones (don’t judge, those suckers are small) I was utterly disappointed. Maybe it was due to the way the burgers were stacked in there but they were very soggy. I was already expecting my husband to find the nearest McDonald’s. To my astonishment, he actually managed to choke down 2 of those suckers before he called it quits.

I really wanted to like this place especially since it survived the Depression, but I just couldn’t. I’m all about history, but my stomach doesn’t care about history. Sadly, I would not recommend The Cozy Inn for their burgers, but it was still a fun experience.

I made a bit of history myself on this day. It will forever be known as the day I got my husband to knowingly and willingly eat a burger with onions.

Have you ever tried a restaurant that was supposed to be great but you were disappointed? I’d love to hear your story!

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4 Responses to The Cozy Inn

  1. Diedra says:

    I love cozy burgers my great grandma ate there when she was a little girl.

    • Valerie says:

      Diedra,

      I’m glad you enjoyed The Cozy Inn, sadly it just wasn’t for us. That’s awesome to know that your great grandma ate there too! There is a lot of history there and I did enjoy that aspect of it.

  2. Oh, man . . . I was really hoping this place would be all, like, . . . going back in time . . . to a little place in our childhood . . . that holds wonderful memories . . . and we could get still get tasty vittles . . Anyway, yes, it’s happened to us, too! I have to admit, those little sliders do NOT look too appetizing!! Thanks for the warning!
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    • Valerie says:

      I hate when you build something up in your mind just to be disappointed. Oh well, so what if I smelled like onions the rest of the day…

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