Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Deep fried goodness

Last weekend I was in Dallas for a number of reasons...and yes, one of those happened to be fried food.  And a football game.  How much more Texas do you get?

Reporting from the State Fair of Texas, fried food capital of the entire universe.  Prepare for spikes in cholesterol levels coupled with extreme levels of taste bud joy.  Well, mostly joy...

First bite at approximately 9:30 AM...breakfast of champions...the classic Fletcher's corn (I refuse to call it "corny") dog...

100% delicious, as always.  There's something to be said for the classics.

Round two was a halftime break (thank goodness the Red Raiders only screwed up the game just enough to win - I swear, I don't know what these boys are thinking) and consisted of chicken fried bacon and the single non-fried item of the day, Polish sausage on a stick.

My dining companion rejected the dipping sauces for the chicken fried bacon, which I happen to think greatly enhanced the chicken fried baconness when I tried it a few years ago.  I think a little ranch and/or honey mustard could have lifted the experience just a touch, but it was still crispy deliciousness.  And truly, it's hard to go wrong with meat on a stick.

You have to follow that up with dessert, right?  And not just any dessert, DEEP-FRIED dessert.  How convenient that we were in the general vicinity of an impulse purchase and what turned out to be my winner of the day....the deep-fried s'mores Pop-Tart.

It was delicious and amazing in every way.  Just the right amount of melty whipped cream (obviously sprayed from a can, which is really the only way to do it when you're complementing a deep-fried breakfast pastry) and drizzle of chocolate syrup and dabbling of chocolate sprinkles.  Super yum.

It's a good thing I fell in love with the Pop-Tart, because the next fried adventure was a complete and utter bust.

Deep fried beer.  Truly one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted.  It may have been one of the most creative food offerings at the fair, but it certainly wasn't the most delicious.  Basically a concentrated beer syrup in a ravioli-like encasement with plenty of flaky salt on top, served by screaming ladies insisting that you put the entire thing in your mouth and just chew.  You know, so hot beer won't gush out and spew on you.  GROSS.

We both tried one, then handed the remainder of our portion of off to these guys...

...who echoed our sentiments exactly.  We told them to save their coupons for an actual beer.

Moving on to one of the most anticipated items of the day, and the WINNER of best fried amazingness at the fair this year according to the powers that be...deep fried Frito pie.

I don't know if it was worth the wait (40 MINUTES!! ridiculous!), but it was pretty tasty, especially with a little salsa and sour cream smeared across each bite.

Probably not the best idea to get my annual physical while these culinary delights are working their way through my arteries...

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