Where to Find the Big Tex Choice Award Food Finalists at the State Fair of Texas

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Dan Zettwoch
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It's here! Fried Christmas!!! That delicious waft of funnel cake + corny dog + world's biggest Frito pie + horse-ish ladyman stank you'll get when you walk through the turnstiles at the fair is gonna hit you like a Lisa Frank double food rainbow. And you will love it.

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Fried Jambalaya, Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll Win Big at State Fair
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The State Fair of Texas is all the things. It's weird. It's fun. It's expensive. It's got shitty parking. It's got a Midway and tamale balls! It has kids screaming their smiling faces off on rides that move at a breakneck speed of 2 entire miles per hour. And they're even going to have a glow-in-the-dark Chinese lantern light show festival thing?! Plus fried red velvet cupcakes?! Hell. Yes. Texas, you are ridiculously glorious.

There is no shortage of fried food options at the Great State Fair of Texas. So, we've created a fried food map that'll help guide you from fried chocolate-covered strawberry waffle balls to fried picnic on a stick. If you try every food on the list, congratulations, and we're sorry.

Let's start with the fried food items that were finalists in this year's Big Tex Choice Awards. The line for these foods will be longer, so have a friend stand in line while you go seek out the fried Kit Kats:

Big Tex Choice Awards:

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All photos by Mike Mezeul
BEST TASTE WINNER: Deep-Fried Jambalaya
This one's from Abel Gonzales (aka Fried Butter and Fried Coke and Fried Cookie Batter Guy), so it's definitely one to try. Dude has a history of knowing what the heck he's doing at a fryer. His fried jambalaya is shrimp and Cajun sausage coated in lightly seasoned flour and FRIED. FRY IT!! Served with a side of spicy ranch sauce.

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Alice Laussade
Ermagherd, fried bacon cinnamon roll
MOST CREATIVE WINNER: Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll
A cinnamon roll dipped in a special sweet pancake batter, roll that in crispy FRIED BACON BACON BACON FRIED BACON AHMAHGAD FRIED BACON crumbles, then throw that in a fryer and FRY IT and then sprinkle it with powdered sugar. One bite is delicious, but it's also enough. Share this one.

BTCA Finalists

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Chicken-Fried Cactus Bites

When we tried this at the awards, it was pretty Slimer from Ghostbusters slimy. Served with a combination of sweet and spicy secret jalapeño ranch (it tells the sweetest secrets, you guys) and agave nectar dipping sauce.

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Deep-Fried Divine Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
A slice of chocolate tres leches cake soaked in buttermilk batter, and FUH. RIED, YOU GUYS. A light sprinkle of cinnamon, topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberry slices and peaches are drizzled with a yummy syrup. Blam. It's super sweet.


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22 comments
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I love fried food, but just looking at it raises my cholesterol 100 points.  Plus, fried foods are notoriously inflammatory, and can cause all kinds of misery if you have arthritis, colon issues, or allergies.

Dallas_Observer
Dallas_Observer

@jennie_kelley thanks! Credit for that gem goes to @thecheapbastard #friedchristmas

MartinArista
MartinArista

@Dallas_Observer thank you for helping me get closer to the fried food coma I am in need of.

LLengen
LLengen

@cityofate "the fair is gonna hit you like a Lisa Frank double food rainbow"... genius. And true.

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

Fair time is here again, time to pull out the fat pants..

Mike_FTW
Mike_FTW

@bjheinley Sometimes you just need a corn dog.

agentorange__x
agentorange__x

I've never been to the fair since moving to Dallas, but I am considering going this year. I read that in the past there was a fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwich. it sounds the most interesting to me. does anyone know if it's available every year?

nick.rallo
nick.rallo moderator

More food photos have been added. Because, you know?

Dallas Observer
Dallas Observer

Annnd now I've added photos. Of the food. Delicious foods.

Americano
Americano

The best food at the Fair is always the Crepes.  They usually only have one stand, manned by French Culinary students who pay for school by working the State Fair circuit in the US.  Tres Maginifique!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Holy Jesus Child! I get heartburn just reading about all this fried crap. I'm so freakin old, I remember when deep-fried cheese was exotic. *mumble mumble.........*

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

MEH, just point to where they sell "dat beara", funnel cakes, and turkey legs-and I'm good.

 

ps-The Fair is no place to experiment; after I spend 15 bucks getting down there, 10-15 to park, 50 or so on entry tickets, 100 on rides, 100 or so on food/beverages, and 50 on sh+tty toys, the last thing I want to do is experiment with 'deep fried somefin". Just sayin'. That being said, it is a staple of the Fair, just like sweaty fat people, wheelchair barons, thugs, and Jimmie from Gilmer....and his 18 kids.  And his wife with the torn Looney Tunes tshirt. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

And what's really scary is the hydrogenated oil they use to fry with.

thecheapbastard
thecheapbastard

@Dallas_Observer @jennie_kelley and @danzettwoch ! Art man!

bjheinley
bjheinley

@Mike_FTW Sometimes you just need Deep-Fried Divine Chocolate Tres Leches Cake #statefairoftx

cheapbastard
cheapbastard

 @agentorange__x Abel Gonzales is responsible for that fried peanut butter and jelly and banana sandwich, which won Most Creative the first year of the Big Tex Choice Awards. I don't have confirmation directly from him that it's available this year, but it's such a big seller, I can't imagine that he stopped making it.

 

Find a Fried Coke or Fried Butter vendor, and they should be able to tell you if it's at another booth this year.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @Americano 

the crepes are good goodness! "Tres Maginifique!"  Translation in American......."me likey".  

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