Business brings the taste of the fair to Montgomery all year round

By on April 30, 2022 0

The sights, sounds and tastes of fall fairs and carnivals may still be a season or two away, but with a unique restaurant in Montgomery, you can satisfy your fair food cravings any time of the year.

Queenz Carnival Stop, which has been operating in a small blue and pink building for about a year, lets you sink your teeth into a juicy turkey leg or lose yourself in a sweet funnel cake whenever you want.

“I dare to be different,” said Queenz owner Monique Clark, 33. “Everybody ate soul food. Everybody made seafood. I wanted us to stand out. We wait all year for carnivals. We wait all year for fairs. I wanted to give people something they are not used to.

Among its offerings are Polish sausages, fish, chicken, chili cheese dogs, cheeseburgers, loaded fries and nachos. She sometimes makes fried Oreos and offers turkey legs every other Saturday.

“There are times when I do fish and grits. I happen to make chef salads at times,” Clark said. “I do different things on different days.”

But its big draw is something uniquely carnival.

“Funnel cakes. They love funnel cakes,” Clark said.

Its funnel-shaped cakes come in a variety of flavors: regular, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Twix, Chocolate and Strawberry.

Besides being the owner, Clark is the cook and sole employee of Queenz’ Carnival. Don’t bother asking him for his secret recipes. Her lips are sealed on all the ingredients except one: love.

“Right now, I’m the owner, the worker, and proud of it,” Clark said. “Every plate that comes out of this window, I know I put my heart into it”,

What she will say is that she got inspiration for her recipes from Louisiana, thanks to a couple of best friends.

“I love the texture of the food and the seasonings,” Clark said. “I take a bit of a lot of my recipes from their recipes.”

You can eat at Queenz on the terrace or buy food to take away. It is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m.

“It was awesome,” Clark said. “I appreciate all the support from the Montgomery Region. But above all, I must always thank God, because without him all this would not be possible.

Clark also congratulated his wonderful mother Olivia Clark and his devoted father Raymond Payne. She grew up on the north side of Montgomery and has a family history of serving the community. She is the granddaughter of the late William Payne, nicknamed the Montgomery shoe shiner, who shined shoes for years in the Alabama Legislature.

“To beat the odds ahead, that’s always been a motive for me,” Clark said.

The restaurant was a special birthday treat for herself last year on March 12. Although it hasn’t been easy, especially opening up during the pandemic, she said it was fair and she was building her business day by day.

“You can do anything if you put your mind to it,” Clark said.