Every fall, three million people flock to Dallas to visit the State Fair of Texas. Some come for the rides, some come for the concerts, some come for the conventions and some come for the heated Red River Rivalry football game pitting the University of Texas vs. Oklahoma University. But they all come for the food.
Guessing what crazy concoctions chefs will come up with is a favorite pastime of fairgoers and 2015 promises to be one of the best years yet. Here are some unbelievable State Fair of Texas foods you can look forward to this year.
Fanciest – Chicken Fried Lobster With Champagne Gravy
A little fancy mixed with a lot of Texas, this dish is an entire deep-fried lobster tail with a lemon butter and champagne gravy concoction. The dish was a finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards, which highlights the best the fair has to offer. Chef Abel Gonzales says that while it’ll likely be the most expensive food at the fair, it’ll absolutely be worth it.
Weirdest – Smoky Bacon Margarita
For bacon lovers everywhere, this downright weird adult beverage won the 2015 award for “Most Creative”. It features a frozen lime margarita infused with smoky bacon and topped with crunchy bacon bits. It’s sure to be a head turner and a thirst-quenching favorite. Or just another weird addition to your fair food memories.
Sweetest – Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly
This award-winning sweet snagged “Best Tasting” at this year’s Big Tex Choice Awards, so there’s absolutely no reason to skip dessert. The Carrot Cake Roly is made up of flattened, golden-baked cinnamon bread, carrot cake, raisons and carrots. But it doesn’t stop there. The pastry is rolled in cream cheese, breaded with breadcrumbs, graham crackers, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Most ‘Texas’ – Pretzel-Crusted Pollo Queso
At first glance, the “Most Texas” dish at the fair should be the Lone Star Pork Handle, since it’s dipped in a batter made with Lone Star beer. But really, what’s more Texas (and harder to find done right outside state lines) than queso? The dish features spicy shredded chicken, Monterey cheese, jalepeño ranch and other tasty ingredients. And of course it’s fried.
Most Daring – Deep Fried Alligator’s Egg Nest
Though it may be regular fare in Louisiana, alligator meat isn’t as common in Texas. And it’s certainly not common to the thousands of out-of-state visitors bustling through the fairgrounds every day. For an authentic Cajun experience and a step outside your normal meat choice (fried, of course), check out these bites that fuse alligator meat, onions, garlic and jalapeños. Don’t worry though, they’re not actually alligator eggs — just French fries.
Other New Options for 2015
Cowboy Corn Crunch
You won’t be disappointed with this unassuming fried sphere. Inside the golden crisp, you’ll find even-more-golden sweet corn, jalepeño, cream cheese and bacon. For what more could you ask?
Fried Beer-Battered Buffalo
Besides being fun to say, this one is a satisfying piece of meat on which a whole lot of Texas was thrown. The buffalo is spiced with Pequin chili pepper, known as the state’s official native pepper, and served with a chipotle cream sauce.
Lone Star Pork Handle
Behold, the aforementioned Pork Handle. I mean, does it get better than this?
Why not give all these a try when the State Fair of Texas gets underway Sept. 25? Hurry though, they’re only on the menu through Oct. 18.