With your backyard grill and charcoal heap inhabited by the evil spirits of dead hot dogs and hamburgers, cooking classic American eats at home has become both time-consuming and spooky. Get quality cuisine without interference from crazed kitchenware with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of casual fare and soft-serve at Carnival's, located on Park Street.
Carnival's menu features a bevy of burgers, hot dogs, soft-serve, and more. Pair the chili-, cheese-, and onion-laden Chicago dog ($3.25) or Coney dog ($3.25) with the house fries, which come with Carnival's signature CC sauce, a variation of Utah's fry sauce with a Wisconsin twist ($2 for regular, $3.95 for large). Vegetarians can polish off plants in a veggie corn dog ($2.50) or veggie fuego fire burger ($4.25), while spirits of state fairs past attempt to fill their ethereal tummies with the ultimate carni burger, a daring full pound of meat resting under a mound of onions, tomatoes, and CC sauce. Carnival's soft-serve (chocolate or vanilla) is made from locally obtained milk, cream, and sugar. Crunch into a cone ($1.50 small, $2.00 regular, $2.50 large) or sail away on a house-made brownie in a pool of hot fudge that's barricaded by vanilla soft-serve and whipped cream ($3.25).
Carnival's simple approach to high-quality treats complements the cozy storefront's unpretentious feel. Sit in an actual Tilt-A-Whirl seat as you slurp a slushee ($1.50 for small, $2.00 for regular, $2.75 for large) and resist the urge to shake the person next to you while yelling "Stratosphere!" or "Seabiscuit!" to simulate an actual ride. Local artists' latest works are put on display for eyeball enchantment, keeping the competition stiff between taste and sight for the hottest sense of the summer.