Thursday, December 27, 2012

Memphis Beckons With Carnival Food Year-Round

Posted by on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Just imagine, 24-hour access to funnel cakes all year round!
  • Just imagine, 24-hour access to funnel cakes all year round!
It's technically still Christmastime for me, so once again, I have more to tell you about food in Memphis than in Nashville. But it seems to me that Nashvillians like to poke a little fun at their fellow Tennesseans down the Delta way, so I'm here to assist. Today's dispatch is to inform you that you can get carnival food — year-round! — right in the very geographic heart of Memphis at — wait for it — Carnival Food. That's right, now that there's no longer an actual fair held in Memphis (the Mid-South Fair relocated to Mississippi several years ago), some enterprising folks are making sure that you can still get your favorite fair/carnival treats whenever you want it. The drive-through is even open 24 hours a day, which may or may not be a huge bonus to the students of Rhodes College just three miles down the street.

The menu includes — but is not limited to! — funnel cakes, corndogs (referred to by Memphians as "Pronto Pups," a brand name), deep-fried Oreos, Sno Cones, Polish corndog (the mind boggles), candy apples and turkey legs. My favorite fair food, frozen chocolate banana on a stick and hot apple dumpling are not on the menu, but I suppose I could comfort myself with a deep-fried honey bun and some fried pickles.

If your first thought was like mine — "wow, what a fantastic idea!" — and your second thought was, "I wish we had one in Nashville," you should note that the 24-hour Carnival Food restaurant at 3349 Jackson Ave. is the last of the restaurants still in operation. Google tells me that there were three or four other locations in the Memphis suburbs that have shut down over the past few years. So I suppose if you can't get a location somewhere along the eastern perimeter of Vanderbilt or maybe MTSU, then it might be best to scrap any carnival food plans for the Midstate. Then you could just add this to your growing list of Memphis food destinations to try!

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