Mama’s Hot Dogs is little restaurant for people with big appetites

Mama's Hot Dogs, "The Home of the Giant Dog," is at 886 Canton Road (Route 91) in Springfield Township just south of the Ellet line of Akron.

Mama’s Hot Dogs is a great place to grab a quick bite.

It’s a little restaurant for people with big appetites.

The family-owned eatery, which touts itself as “The Home of the Giant Hot Dog,” is located in a concrete-block building at 886 Canton Road (Route 91) in Springfield Township just south of the Ellet line of Akron. Look for the mustard-and-ketchup mural painted on the outside wall.

This is a mom-and-pop shop — or mama and papa, if you prefer. The “Mama” in the restaurant’s name is Karen Hubbard, who runs the business with her husband, Darnell.

My wife, Susie, and I decided to check it out after our friend Glenn recommended the food.

Mama's Hot Dogs, "The Home of the Giant Dog," is at 886 Canton Road (Route 91) in Springfield Township just south of the Ellet line of Akron.

Hot dogs! This might be the smallest restaurant we’ve ever visited. Most of the business is takeout, but Mama’s has limited seating inside: a table for four and a wooden bar with four high-back chairs.

The 680-square-foot building, which opened in 1959 as Glenn’s TV and Appliance (no relation to our friend), has served many uses. Over the past 60 years or so, its occupants have included — take a deep breath — Louie’s Pizza Shop, Napoli Pizza, Vaccaro’s Pizza, Summit Sewing Machine, Golden Years Antique & Coin Shop, Mattress Distributors, Adorni’s Pasta Place, R Sandwich Shop, Judy’s Sandwich Shop, La Posadita, La Chiquita Grill, Sue’s Diner, Norma Jean’s Diner, Smitty’s Subs and Hayuya Restaurant.

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