I was supposed to be driving home to Denver the first of the year. Instead I was tending to a stomach bug that seemed to stretch through all of Topeka.
Thankfully I was in the clear by the 2nd of the year and I promised a good friend that I would swing by this joint he kept raving about every time he knew I was going to be back in Kansas.
Cozy Inn is a little hole in the wall burger joint in Salina, Kansas where you buy these adorable little White Castle sized burgers by the bag. I walked up to the ordering window, pushed the button and a happy owner helped guide me through the ordering process and then invited me in to wait inside while he worked away on my three bag order.
Inside there were two patrons propped up on barstools and ordering little burgers here and there as everyone started up a conversation with me. The owner filled me in on the history of the Cozy Inn and how they’ve had to switch to a new bun producer out of Kansas City while the older gentleman next to me asked me all sorts of questions.
Where are you from?
Well Topeka originally, but now I live in Denver.
What brought you here?
Honestly, a good friend and coworker of mine is ALWAYS raving about this place and so I finally decided to stop by and grab some burgers for him.
Have you ever been to Winfield?
I just went for the first time this year! I absolutely LOVED it and I’m going to be an annual attender!
Was this one group there…gosh I can’t remember their name…
It’s a duo, the husband’s name is Mike…they used to live in New Orleans,
but Katrina forced them to relocate to Lawrence.
Truckstop Honeymoon!!!! I don’t think they were at Winfield this year, or I didn’t see them at least. But I guess they’re moving back to England. They just had their last performance at the Bottleneck this last month.
Back to England huh?! They’re so good. Did you stay at Pecan Grove? That’s where my wife and I always camp.
The conversation continued like this while the owner grilled up 24 burgers for me and my smile grew as the older gentleman’s excitement continued to compile with each recollection of Winfield.
I sure didn’t enjoy having to deal with grueling guts on the first of the year, but I am thankful that because of it I was able to meet this wonderful gentleman and be a part of his reminiscing. ….the mini burgers were pretty dang tasty too!