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Street Fair Alert: St. Prill's, 6/19-6/23

David Hammond | Jun 18, 200210:00 PM

The street fair (actually more like a parking lot fair) at St. Priscilla’s Parish (Addison and Sayre) begins tomorrow, June 19, and goes through Sunday, June 23 (no times given, but I’m guessing things kick off around 6:00 PM on weekdays and probably noon on weekends). I was biking by there tonight, and the tents and rides were going up. Saw several food booths: Philly cheese steak, funnel cakes, and the like. I intend to go there this weekend with my Chow-dar switched on. Will report anything of note.

Also worth investigating, just a block west on Addison, are several grocery stores: Joseph’s Meats and Maira’s. Both tout homemade Polish items (cabbage rolls, kielbasa, slaws, etc.) and seem very promising. My sense is, in this neighborhood, you can get some good grub at a good price.

In Shabonna Park (behind St. Prill’s) there’s a little stand called Bubba’s Subs. It’s, let's just say, unpretentious, but as I whirled past I noticed fluorescent green pickle relish (always a good sign) being ladled tenderly on a hot dog. It smelled real.

One more thing about the street fair. I’m not sure if the food will be in any sense noteworthy (though I’m guessing the funnel cakes are a credit to their species of pastry …VI, take note), but in the past, this fair has certainly been “authentic” – by which I mean, the real article, complete with cheesy rides (many sporting colorful and clear licensing violations of Disney or Spielberg characters), totally filthy and leering carnie-type guys (“nice looking girlfriend you got there, amigo”), and droves of adolescents in search of cotton candy and cheap thrills. Beer is served in bingo tent – see you there.

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