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As part of my first trip to Texas (Dallas), I will have one night at the state fair. I have checked out the web site (http://www.bigtex.com) and looked at the food vendors. Being that I am not from the area, I am not sure which of the vendors are local, and which are just your "typical fair food" (the places that travel from fair to fair). I will only have a few hours there, so I would like to plan out where I wanna hit, prior to showing up...since it looks like the fair is HUGE! If anyone if familiar with the places listed on the Fair's website and can give me one or two to seek out, it would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Get a Fletchers Corny Dog and a fried twinkie.

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    1. re: ErinTulane

      There is fried cookie dough this year, should be interesting.

      Ditto on the corny dog with mustard. YUM!

    2. Fletcher's Corny Digs are a State Fair of Texas tradition!

      Yes, the SFOT is huge. Wear comfotable shoes! Attend a show of the Texas Lottery Game Show. It is HILARIOUS and you could win lottery tickets! Be sure and sit in a chair with a number on it, and get there at least 20 minutes early to get a seat!

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      1. re: ChristieP

        Ok, I am definitely getting a Corny Dog :) I saw the fried cookie dough on the website and I am tempted....I have had fried twinkies and oreos and was moderately impressed with them (I have a nasty sweet tooth). Are any of the BBQ/tex-mex/cajun places locally based?

      2. I am from NY, but have visited the Fair 4 or 5 times in the past 10 years or so. I am not a corny dog person, but my Dallas cousins swear that the ones from Fletcher's are the ones to eat. I am not sure where on the fairgrounds they are located.

        My favorite over the years has been frito pie. For the uninitiated (and feel free to add if I leave something out), it's frito chips, chili, onion and melted cheese. Reminds me of the kind of concoction that people would come up with very late at night, while mind-altered, in college. Sounds sorta like the fried chili burrito they are hawking this year.

        I had key lime pie on a stick a few years ago. Not bad, but not a "wow, this is great" moment.

        I tried fried oreos at a fair here in NY. Since you have already gone that route, no need to repeat. So many other things to have instead of this. I am thinking about the guacamole bites, peach cobbler on a stick, fried sweet potato pie and fried banana pudding.

        FYI, Kroger (supermarket chain) discounts admission tickets either $1 or $1.50 if you buy there in advance. Also, if you are able to go with someone, that's good, so you can share and taste even more than you would by eating things alone...And definitely WEAR COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR.

        Please post what you try--I am going to be there on October 7 and am curious about soem of the "new" items.

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        1. re: Shayna Madel

          I will be there on Oct 9th, so I apologize in advance that I will not be able to share my experience til after then. And BTW, I am coming in from NY :)

          FYI, You can also seach on that site to find exactly where the booths are (here is the link for Fletchers:http://www.bigtex.com/foodlocator/foo...).

          Fried mac and cheese is a weakness, too, so I may seek that out. I usually eat healthly but all bets are off at a fair!

          1. re: L_W

            Thanks for the search hint. I am trying not to sound like I am junk-food obsessed, but printing out the map beforehand and marking where things are sounds like a great idea. Scarily enough, I thought about this when I first saw the article about all the "new" foods. It certainly makes more sense than my usual aimless wandering looking for yet another "gourmet" item. I will have to keep my eye open for the mac & cheese. Sounds tempting. I may not have computer access until late on the night of the 8th, but will post about what I try as soon as I can.

            1. re: Shayna Madel

              It looks like the moved the mac and cz. Here is the link to find it

              http://www.bigtex.com/foodlocator/foo...

              It is in a place called The Dock- and you can get chicken and waffles at the same place!

              1. re: Honey Bee

                I am now officially obsessed with doing my "food map." I vaguely remember The Dock and will look for it, as I intend to be in the Creative Arts building to look at the needlepoint exhibited there, as well as the giant butter sculpture. I will probably pass on the chicken and waffles. I tried them at Amy Ruth's, in Harlem. Liked them a lot, but am trying to save room for things I have not had before, except for a repeat of frito pie, which I HAVE to have, in any event.

                Okay, full disclosure, I won a blue ribbon for something I entered and a friend won a red ribbon for something that she entered.

                1. re: Shayna Madel

                  Ok, so Corny Dog, is a go.....I think I will try anything that really has no business being fried and IS (mac n cheese, cookie dough....etc). This is my first trip to TX and having lived near NYC prior to moving to Buffalo, I need to stay focused on things I have never had before. So that means although chicken N waffles sound yummy, I have had them before. I am a sucker for ice cream at fairs, too, which I NEED to avoid cause it'll just fill me up! Glad you can use the map!

        2. Make sure the corndog you get is Fletcher's. There are other corn dog booths out there, but they are not nearly as good. There are booths through out the fiar grounds and some indoors. Last year, some of the best food I tried was in the dock of the creative arts building (fried Mac and Cz balls).
          Heads'up that October 6th will be the day of the TX OU game. The grounds will be filled with Longhorns and Sooners. The energy is electric, but if you don't like crowds stay away that day.

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          1. re: Honey Bee

            And as bad as game day is, it is not so bad at all the following day, even though it's a Sunday. I tend to go that weekend as I can make it a long weekend due to the Columbus Day holiday.

          2. I just saw "Barbecued Frito Pie" on their website. ????? Intriguing.