Best Bets: Turkey legs

The turkey leg at Carnival Food is huge — just huge. Here it’s nestled next to a foot-long hot dog for comparison.

Photo by Jennifer Biggs // Buy this photo

The turkey leg at Carnival Food is huge — just huge. Here it’s nestled next to a foot-long hot dog for comparison.

“Where are the games?” my cousin asked when we walked in Carnival Food. There are no games and there are no rides, but there are turkey drumsticks that are enormous and delicious.

I’m not a big fan of fair food, though I admit a weakness for cotton candy. But Amy, the cousin, saw a commercial on MTV and had a craving for a turkey drumstick.

The turkey leg at Carnival Food is huge — just huge. Here it’s nestled next to a foot-long hot dog for comparison.

Photo by Jennifer Biggs

The turkey leg at Carnival Food is huge — just huge. Here it’s nestled next to a foot-long hot dog for comparison.

Now, I’ve seen turkey legs at the fair and I’ve even tasted them, though I wasn’t very impressed. But this one was different. First, it was gigantic. As London, an 8-year-old who sat down at our table, said, “That’s bigger than some cow legs I’ve seen!”

And it was also mighty tasty. The drumsticks, which are $5, are smoked off-site and then slow-heated for about two hours. What you get is a tender, succulent and filling drumstick.

Carnival Food, which opened last month in a strip center by the viaduct on Covington Pike at Elmore, serves hot dogs, nachos, snow cones, funnel cakes, hamburgers (pretty dang good ones, too), brats, Polish sausage and most standard fair fare. The cotton candy, alas, is the kind pressed-down in a bucket. Here’s hoping they’ll get a cotton candy machine and I can get my sugar fix any time.

— Jennifer Biggs: 529-5223

Carnival Food, 2235 Covington Pike, is open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (although it will close at 9 p.m. if no customers are there). Call 377-0089 for more information.

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