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Jul 13, 2007 12:52 PM

Fair Foods: too low-brow or just plain scary?

It's time again for county fairs! Woo wee! Although I grew up in the South and attended several county fairs, I've never had anything more exotic than a corn dog. But I'm an adult now, ready to gird my loins like Andrew Zimmer? and try something wild and wonderful and, probably, dangerous in large quantities!
What would be the top two fair foods to try? The chicken breast snuggled between a sliced Krispy Kreme donut? The deep fried Snickers? Or is there something even more incredible and tasty?

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  1. How about deep-fried avocados?

    Though I haven't tried them yet.

    1. I think fair food can be a great treat, but...I doubt i'd try anything as adventerous as Andrew part cuz you don't know about quality/saftey issues, and some things, no matter how "chow-worthy" I just cant see myself eating. LOL!! That said, likely any food stand with a locally well-known resto or retail affiliation, and a decent line (quick turnover) will probably hold you in good stead.

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      1. re: luvs2munchabunch

        I would like to say I am adventurous, or at least brave enough to try fair food with a well known resto. affiliation, but in my hometow, Evansville, IN which has the second largest annual street fair in the country, the real local specialty is the brain sandwich. NO THANK YOU! I have always been hesitant to dig into one of these, but when Alton Brown went to my hometown and didn't like it at all, it sort of sealed the deal for me. I will just contentedly stick to what I get every year that I go which is a stromboli from a particular fraternity, a piece of PB fudge from a smallish church, and my own individual jug of fresh cider from the local apple orchard. If I am super not miserably stuffed I might get chicken and dumplings which is probably the second most popular dish there.

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        1. I love fair food! (Thank god summer only comes once a year...) Corn dogs, barbecued beef and pork on a stick, pulled pork sandwiches, pierogies, sausage and pepper sandwiches, frozen custard, funnel cake, I love it all!

          1. Hubby loves to try any new food...even if we agree it will most likely be bad. Some items warrant one bite and others have us licking our fingers. Among some of last year's food available at the Texas State Fair were:
            Fried Coke- eh, pass
            Fried balls of macaroni and cheese- pretty good, but not great
            Fletcher's Corn Dog -required
            Funnel Cake- also required
            Fried Cheesecake- would rather have plain cheesecake
            Fried PB& Banana sandwich- decent...probably better made at home
            Donkey Tails (hot dog wrapped in cheese and then a flour tortilla and....fried)- rather have a corn dog
            The Texas State Fair is a little over 2 months away. I wonder what deep-fried wonder this year will bring....
            PS- I thought the idea of a KK donut chicken sandwich sounded disgusting. However, I was in San Francisco and ate a fried pork bun in which the bun was sweet and had a certain KK quality. Convinced me that I will at least try a bite if they are at this year's state fair. Low brow? Yes! Scary? Most likely. But I am not going to rule something out until I try it.

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            1. re: Honey Bee

              Tried the fried chicken sandwich (on KK donute w/raspberry jam) at the Orange County CA Fair. Disgusting in every way possible, and totally inedible. One tiny bite (taking the hit for the 'hounds) was MORE than enough.

              1. re: CynD

                I have to say, you are pretty brave. I don't think this is one I would have been able to bring myself to try...

                1. re: CynD

                  Three of us shared one and it was OK- really salty and really sweet- None of us could have eaten it all, though.

                  1. re: Cathy

                    Yeah, we shared it four ways, and I couldn't force myself to take a second bite. Blech!! And just for the record, the deep fried oreos were equally as bad. That's the last time I let this friend do the dinner round up at the fair.......