Our Deep-Fried Decade: Ten Years Of Gluttony And Progress At The State Fair
|Photos by Patrick Michels|
|After 10 years, this is where we ended up: four deep-fried butter balls topped with garlic and grape sauce. How did we get to the point where we'd actually eat this?|
|Today, Texas. Tomorrow, the world. That's how it went in the '00s.|
2000 and before: The Corny Dog
The original. It's still the face of fried Texas fair food, and for years we were satisfied with one of these and an occasional funnel cake.
Fried Green Beans
A relic of a time when we still struggled with guilt over fried foods, the fried green beans recall earlier attempts to eat our grease and batter with a side of something healthy. We wouldn't stay conflicted for long.
Chocolate Strawberry Waffle Balls
These gooey blobs of fried goodness mark the intersection of the original fried Oreos and Twinkies, deep-fried health food like the green beans above, and the food-on-a-stick influence of the corny dog. Even in 2008, it was our pick for the best of the fried fair food.