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corndogs are a bit of an oxymoron, but this Atlanta festival and fair mainstay is all about quirk, creativity and “real
damn corn dogs.” Basics — like “The Corndogula” — abound, but the Pallookaville’s variations
on the classic snack food set it apart. Case in point: “The Cornleone”— an Italian sausage enrobed in “Laffo’s
super secret golden cornbread recipe — and others, like “The Corndogski,” a Polish kielbasa in the same
batter. Check out www.pallookaville.com for the stand’s next appearance at a summer event near you.
Outdoor food stands and spots in Atlanta
SMOKE OUT: The elusive
gas station barbecue
The cookout. The ballpark hot dog. Greasy fair food. We could
try to tell you that eating on the patio at some fancy restaurant is the true outdoor food experience, but who are we kidding?
How do you really know its summer? When you get that whiff of smoky grilled meat wafting through the air.
It's summer, and we want to stand and sweat and eat things that are bad for us.
Atlanta isn't well-known for
its street food, probably because there's not much of a street life — we're better at roads than walkable streets. But
in the summertime, we move our eating outdoors, whether to a vendor, a roadside stand, or family cookout.
FAIR FOOD There are plenty of summer festivals offering enough fried
nastiness to cause our collective hearts to stop. There are chocolate-covered bananas, deep-fried Twinkies, greasy versions
of various Italian and Greek classics, and of course, the corndog. The eponymous event known as Corndogorama may get all the
hype, but the Pallookaville cart is worth trying for a more refined fair food experience. That's right, gourmet carnival food.
Pallookaville's corndogs are made to order and come in versions such as the American Frank, Kielbasa and Italian sausage (and
one monster of a dog that combines all three). The cornbread is homemade and also comes in jalapeño or cheese varieties.
Sometimes tamales make an appearance, and ingredients such as pickled cactus show up. You'll have to keep your ear to the
ground to figure out the cart's current location. www.pallookaville.com.
With additional reporting by Gloria Love
Pallookaville Documantary on the Award Winning PBS Series "This is Atlanta."