Though children are drawn to the forbidden treasures contained within a cookie jar, they are less inclined to poke around the sausage jar or the Dean Koontz¬–novels jar. Stock your jar with fillings less enticing to nosy children with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of hot dogs and more at Cook's Place at its original location on Nancy Road or at its smaller, Airport Thruway kiosk.
Cook's Place styles hot dogs with flare inside a dining space steeped in 1950s nostalgia and decorated with old 45s and neon lights. The iconic scrambled dog presents two chopped red hots slathered with beanless chili, onions, pickles, mustard, ketchup, and oyster crackers ($3.75), and the naked dog ($1.25) resists bread-induced claustrophobia. Those looking to stray from encased offerings may shovel third-pounder grilled burgers ($3.25) or chicken-salad sandwiches ($1.49) into throat canals, and toss in onion ring ($1.49) lifesavers. Hand-spun shakes are served thick, like an entire set of children's encyclopedias nailed together ($2.50).
Cook's Place's owner, nicknamed Sunshine, roves across checker-tiled floors, taking smiling photos with hot dogs and Miss Georgia beauty-pageant contestants, who frequented his carhop during a recent competition. Competitive eaters have contributed to Cook's Place's lore, as the eatery occasionally holds eating contests.
Four Yelpers give Cook’s Place a four-star average:
2521 Airport Thruway
Columbus, Georgia 31909Get Directions