SPRINGFIELD FOOD STAND GOES TO THE DOGS Hot Dogs of All Descriptions Are a National Treasure at Mom's

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SPRINGFIELD FOOD STAND GOES TO THE DOGS Hot Dogs of All Descriptions Are a National Treasure at Mom's


Byline: Emily Gillespie The Register-Guard

Carol Baugh always wanted to have a business of her own. Her grandson needed a job. And everyone loves hot dogs.

Baugh and her husband, Robert, had a million reasons to launch Mom's All-American Dog & Deli, a new food stand just north of Main Street on 42nd Street. Well, make that more than a million.

"Do you know that Americans eat something like 2 billion hot dogs a year?" says Robert Baugh, adding that this seems the perfect time to "give Springfield a great hot dog stand."

The small shack on 42nd Street is run by the Baughs and their grandson, Justin Bruington.

"It's family-inspired food," Carol Baugh says. And that includes the recipes - everything except for the hot dogs and buns are homemade and come from family-inherited recipes.

"I keep asking her, 'If you get sick, how are we going to continue this?' " Robert Baugh says of his wife. "She hasn't written anything down; it's all up here (in her head)."

Their menu - which features no fewer than 20 types of hot dogs - was formed after much "research." Robert says he traveled to 11 Western states as well as Chicago, Milwaukee and stops in New York and Connecticut ("that's where they have all that good stuff") to taste the best hot dogs that the United States has to offer.

"You've got to try them, right?" he says. "You don't want to just take somebody's word for it."

The menu reflects the Baughs' desire to secure the best and most elaborate hot dogs: Boston, Chicago and New York dogs, a Tex-Mex Dog, a Double Dog Dare Ya (two long dogs in a bun with toppings) and Chicken Apple Sausage Dog are among the culinary options.

While it specializes in hot dogs, Mom's Dog and Deli also offers sandwiches, breakfast and desserts.

John Eisel Jr.

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