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Food that might evoke memories of childhood: the

Food that might evoke memories of childhood: the "Bad Brad" jalapeño corn dog at Quarter Mile Corn Dog.


Quarter Mile Corn Dog is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Summer is my favorite time of year. Something about it always makes me feel like a kid again. With thoughts of past childhood summers in mind, I took my friends Tim and Brett to Quarter Mile Corn Dog to relive some of that nostalgia, because nothing says childhood like food on a stick.

Quarter Mile Corn Dog has a racing theme. The place is very casual, with bright yellow walls and lots of racing pictures and stickers all over. The food also has racing themed names. Choices here are fairly limited, mainly hot dogs, corn dogs, fries and tri-tip, but the entire point of coming here was to have corn dogs, so this was fine by me.

The menu is on display by the ordering counter, where a friendly young woman took our order. I ordered the Roper, which is the spicy corn dog ($3.75) along with a fried pickle ($1), Tim ordered the little smokies burnouts combo, which came with fries and a drink ($6) and a Bad Brad, the jalapeño corn dog ($3.75). Brett went with the Lawson prostock combo with fries and a drink ($7.35). Prostock is the term Quarter Mile Corn Dog uses for sauerkraut, and the Lawson is the quarter-pound Polish dog. Our food was delivered quickly to our table, which unfortunately seemed to have a sticky layer of grime extending to the condiments on the table.

The food looked great and taking that first bite of my spicy corn dog did not disappoint. The batter on the corn dogs is amazing—slightly sweet with just the right amount of dough and a crispy outer layer. I wished the dog had been spicier, but it was still tasty, and the dog tasted high quality. The fried pickle didn’t fare as well, as it was just a deep-fried spear. There was too much batter, and the pickle itself needed to be sweeter. Brett’s dog was piled high with sauerkraut, and his fries were brought in a separate basket. This was a lot of food for the price. The fries were good but needed salt. Unfortunately, I didn’t want to use the shaker on the table because it was sticky, but all in all, this was a good meal.

Tim’s little smokies combo was my favorite. The little smokies had been turned into little corn dogs, and I thought they were really fun. These came with little sticks in them but the woman explained that when they give them to kids, they take out the sticks so they don’t stab each other. Ha! I’m glad to see that things haven’t changed that much with kids. Tim went with the garlic fries, and they put a ton of real garlic chunks on these bad boys, so I had to be careful to not eat too many since I had to talk to people later in the day. I scored a bite of the Bad Brad, which was the jalapeño corn dog and found this was the spicy flavor I had been looking for. The spice of the jalapeño contrasted nicely with the batter that cooled the mouth.

Amazingly, none of these items were overly greasy, and for a battered meal, I left feeling full but not sluggish. The ingredients were all high quality, which always helps and they have the batter down right. Bottom line, if you want to relive some childhood memories and have some decent food on a stick, Quarter Mile Corn Dog is your place.