For $5, today’s deal gets you $10 worth of casual fare and ice-cream at Carnival's, located on Park Street.
Lauded for providing “iconic, playful” food by Eating in Madison A to Z, Carnival's features a menu brimming with classic burgers, hot dogs, ice-cream, and more. Pair the chili-, cheese-, and onion-laden Chicago dog ($3.25) or coney dog ($3.25) with the baja 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 ($6.95).
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). 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.
- The closer you stick to fair favorites, the better the food gets, but really you should go here and eat dessert first. – Eating in Madison A to Z
- Their range in the menu is really impressive. Gyros, Chicago Style Hotdogs (even down to the neon green relish), Hot Beef Sandwiches, Slushies, soft serve and more. You'll find something you like. – Ryan O., Yelp, 9/30/09
1017 S Park St.
Madison, Wisconsin 53715Get Directions