Location: 312 S. Ave., inside Ernie Biggs, in Springfield, Missouri; and 2825 Glenstone Ave., inside Battlefield Mall
Hours: Wonder Wieners at Ernie Biggs piano bar is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 1am. The upcoming Battlefield Mall location will be open during mall hours, Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from noon to 6pm.
History: Cory Eden likes to say he’s been stuffing buns since 2001, when he first started selling hot dogs outside a bar in Springfield, Missouri. After growing up in Seattle, Eden was infatuated, as he says, with hot-dog carts. So with college winding down, he decided to turn his love of buns into a small side gig. To his shock, the business grew; he was soon serving hot dogs at weddings and even outside of Busch Stadium in St. Louis. He finally moved into a more permanent spot on the patio of Ernie Biggs in downtown Springfield. Wonder Wieners will open a second location inside Battlefield Mall in late summer. Eden’s beer-soaked lineup includes the Polish sausage he started selling back in 2001, plus new additions like a spinach-asiago chicken sausage and a roasted garlic-mozzarella chicken sausage. Split down the middle, each sausage is soaked in beer and grilled before being topped with some combination of cream cheese, onion, jam, relish or jalapeño jelly, served in a white bun. Eden might have amped up the flavors, but the dogs are a nod to his Seattle roots, where hot dogs are crowned with cream cheese. Once the new location opens this summer, Eden plans to have a sports-bar set up with a few TVs mounted on the wall, local beer on tap and limited seating.
★ Must-Try: While the classics never disappoint, Wonder Wieners has a new item that might just become your new favorite breakfast on the go: Dubbed the Lumberjack, it features a peanut butter-bacon-maple syrup breakfast sausage topped with maple syrup cream cheese.
Wonder Wieners, 312 S. Ave., inside Ernie Biggs, in Springfield, Missouri; and 2825 Glenstone Ave., inside Battlefield Mall, facebook.com/wonderwieners