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Best thing I ate at the L.A. County Fair...

RoxyGrl Sep 5, 2010 10:14 PM

For me - it was hands down the carne asada pizza. Lots of tasty carne asada, a bit of chorizo and a pretty decent, although thick, crust. I was genuinely surprised at how much I liked it.

Located near the grandstands, just past the Longboard bar on the same side of the aisle.

What was your favorite?

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    ns1 Sep 25, 2010 04:24 PM

    Can anyone with some understanding of the economics of county fairs explain why the food has sucked so much lately? I'm really not interested in seeing 6 stands from the same vendor selling deep fried snickers and another 6 stands from the same vendor selling turkey legs and foot long sausages.

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    1. re: ns1
      Discokill Sep 25, 2010 09:32 PM

      Cause if Chowhounds ruled the world there wouldn't be a McDonalds...

      1. re: Discokill
        ns1 Sep 25, 2010 09:51 PM

        hey hey now, I have a guilty pleasure for 69 cent vanilla cones.

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          kevin Sep 25, 2010 11:34 PM

          and filet o fish sandwiches.

          and hash browns.

          1. re: ns1
            choctastic Sep 27, 2010 03:05 PM

            I noticed that at one of the McDonald's near me, the vanilla cones were now filled with frozen yogurt. It was tangy and delicious. I hope they continue that option, though I suspect not. I really do like how OC is one of their testing sites for new products. The McD's I speak of is in Lake Forest, off Lake Forest Drive, right next to the 5 freeway.

        2. re: ns1
          annapurna7 Sep 27, 2010 10:05 AM

          mmmmm... turkey legs

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            SeaCook Sep 27, 2010 10:31 AM

            I don't know but I had a perfectly good bowl of red beans & rice at Herny Belle's in the Piarte's Life area and a wonderful pint that I took home of Dr. Bob's strawberry, sour cream & brown sugar ice cream to take home and both of them seemed to br unique non chain food providers

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            Jack Flash Sep 20, 2010 05:38 PM

            For me, the best (as always) are the thick-skinned (NY Style!) egg rolls served up at the "Thai" food concession. They're veggie only (no pork, alas) but otherwise the closest I've found in the LA area since thick-skinned egg rolls disappeared from the culinary landscape in around 1985. They serve decent grilled meat on a stick, too.

            I was also impressed with the tri tip sandwich at Route 66 BBQ.

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              SeaCook Sep 20, 2010 01:15 PM

              Last year it was Dr. Bob's Soy Sauce ice cream. I can recall the salty carmel taste and it's dense creaminess. I am going with some friends this Saturday. Any reccomendations? My best friend owes me a meal She prefers the BBQ near the "Mexican Villaige" I'd like to try something different that would leave room for some Dr. Bob's ice cream.

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              1. re: SeaCook
                attran99 Sep 20, 2010 01:48 PM

                There's not a whole lot of really great food at the fair this year. We went on Saturday, and were pretty disappointed with the offerings. I love fried food and junk as much as the next person, but I didn't find very much to be excited about. However, you might want to consider these:
                The Calbi Fusion truck was serving the Korean-Mexican fusion tacos and burritos. By all means, it's not Kogi (though I heard the owners claiming Kogi fame when asked if they were the famous truck), but their spicy pork isn't bad in a burrito.
                There's a Crepe vendor who actually uses Nutella in their crepes by the Hot Tub/Outdoor BBQ vendor by the Grandstand. I'll eat Nutella on almost anything.
                Harold and Belle's has a stand near the Pirate's attraction in the back. They have a delectable bread pudding served witha nice Jack Daniel's whiskey sauce...it's got a nice punch of whiskey.
                Outside of that, we enjoyed the $2.25 refills of freah lemonade from Hot Dog on a Stick, and my husband ate tons of BBQ sandwiches at the stand to the left of the entrance from Gate 9.

                1. re: attran99
                  sku Sep 20, 2010 01:55 PM

                  I agree that the fair was sort of a let down as far as new and different foods go. It was mostly the same stuff, though I did like the new, fried Klondike bar.


                  1. re: attran99
                    kevin Sep 20, 2010 05:21 PM

                    What other stuff are the doling out at the Harold and belles stand???

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                      attran99 Sep 21, 2010 11:19 AM

                      Fried Catfish, ettouffee (sp?), jambalaya, and red rice and beans. I just tried the bread pudding because I was hoping to find some fried pickles.

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                      Discokill Sep 20, 2010 07:30 PM

                      I gave up and grabbed a gyro from the generic greek food vendor. Upset I missed Harold and Belles before eating. There was also a shimp vendor that looked interesting in the back by the circus and other interesting looking gourmet street food vendor by the wine and beer spot. I think my lesson for next year is avoid the middle and walk the fringes before picking a place to eat.

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                    VaneWimsey Sep 11, 2010 10:48 PM

                    They've ruined the food at County Fair!

                    Instead of having a plethora of individual vendors, they've farmed out whole categories to the highest bidder. Thus, there were at least four King Taco stands, dominating the Mexican genre. If you wanted onion rings, the numerous (five? six?) Juicy's stands were your only choices.

                    Which, of course, gave the favored few license to jack up the prices. At Juicy's, I paid $7 for five (5) onion rings! And they were terrible. Noting like the fondly remembered onion rings of fairs past. Juicy's also had corn dogs for $9 and hot dogs for $10 -- plus $5, if you wanted fries and a drink.

                    My favorite fried artichoke stand was gone. Gone to was the vendor who offered 50 foreign beers.

                    Bring back the good food!!!!!

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                    1. re: VaneWimsey
                      heckonwheels Sep 12, 2010 09:02 AM

                      How about "bring back affordable food"? Those prices are ridiculous!

                      1. re: VaneWimsey
                        kevin Sep 12, 2010 07:07 PM

                        50 foreign beers? oh, my gosh, i'm so there.

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                          Jack Flash Sep 20, 2010 05:36 PM

                          I too noticed the lack of variety this year. I wondered if it was just the economy, but yeah, there used to be a couple of different fried stuff places - and I'm thinking in particular about the fried veggie stands (artichockes, zucchini, etc.). There's only one Mariscos stand that I saw (used to be at least two).

                          718 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583

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                          HastaLaPasta Sep 9, 2010 04:49 PM

                          I can feel my diet failing just from reading this thread! :)

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                            Hawgwild Sep 9, 2010 06:33 PM

                            LOL, HastaLaPasta.

                          2. nomitai Sep 9, 2010 02:35 PM

                            Last year I had the deep-fried White Castle burgers and some chocolate-covered bacon. The carne asada pizza sounds good, I'll have to try that this weekend!

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                              msmerymac Sep 7, 2010 09:34 AM

                              My perennial favorite is the deep fried avocado. A little sprinkle of lemon juice and... mmmm.

                              1. wienermobile Sep 6, 2010 12:22 PM

                                How about this?

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                                1. re: wienermobile
                                  Fru Sep 6, 2010 03:13 PM

                                  Eeeeew(Chuckle) 2 moms & 2 11 year olds will be going and looking for that chocolate covered bacon. I was skeptical at the time but I know we're going back for more.

                                2. sku Sep 6, 2010 07:47 AM

                                  Thanks for reporting RoxyGrl. Anything else new and exciting this year?

                                  1. wienermobile Sep 5, 2010 10:17 PM

                                    Anyone try the deep fried Klondike Bar?

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                                      ipsedixit Sep 5, 2010 11:13 PM

                                      This is no offense to you wienermobile, but don't you think the whole "deep-fried [insert food]" thing has been sort of overplayed -- as in, it's sort of jumped the shark?

                                      Why not get a bit inventive, perhaps maybe a beer-battered Twinkie cooked sous-vide?

                                      1. re: ipsedixit
                                        ns1 Sep 6, 2010 02:02 AM

                                        I got it: deep fried carne asada pizza

                                        you heard it here first.

                                        1. re: ns1
                                          Hawgwild Sep 6, 2010 06:21 PM

                                          Deep fried carne asada pizza? How can you go wrong? Deep fried, carne asada and pizza. Those words togther spell HEAVEN! Nice one ns1!

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                                            HastaLaPasta Sep 9, 2010 04:48 PM

                                            Yes, but does it have bacon?

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                                              ns1 Sep 11, 2010 12:12 PM

                                              Gotta save something for 2012!

                                        2. re: ipsedixit
                                          wienermobile Sep 6, 2010 08:45 AM

                                          Deep Fried Butter?

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                                            wienermobile Sep 6, 2010 08:49 AM


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                                              exilekiss Sep 6, 2010 09:46 AM

                                              Hi wienermobile,

                                              Wow. :) They should also serve a supplemental course for that: "Deep Fried Lard." (^_^)

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                                                namstermonster Sep 7, 2010 01:17 PM

                                                that has got to be the most disappointingly false advertisement ever. i checked it out at the oc fair and it is NOT deep fried butter, rather, churros that r filled w/cream cheese and butter. -sigh-

                                                1. re: namstermonster
                                                  Servorg Sep 7, 2010 01:29 PM

                                                  Is it Able Gonzales who is doing this (or at least his recipe)? Under fair use guides I quote the following about his deep fried butter invention:

                                                  "So here’s what Gonzales does: He takes 100 percent pure butter, whips it until it is light and fluffy, freezes it, then surrounds it with dough. The butter-laden dough balls are then dropped into the deep fryer.

                                                  For purists who just want the unadulterated taste of butter, Gonzales serves up plain-butter versions of his creation. For others who want a little more pizzazz, he offers three additional versions with flavored butters: garlic, grape or cherry."

                                                  1. re: Servorg
                                                    namstermonster Sep 7, 2010 03:41 PM

                                                    not sure but the pic of the booth looked the same. it's not that it was bad, it was actually pretty yumz. it's just that it really was not something u could call deep fried butter. it was churro pieces w/a very light butter filling mixed w/cream chz so that the butter is less than an afterthought. we all felt jipped.

                                                2. re: wienermobile
                                                  msmd310 Sep 8, 2010 02:02 PM

                                                  I thought this was a photo-shopped JOKE!

                                                  1. re: wienermobile
                                                    wienermobile Sep 8, 2010 02:09 PM

                                                    Another Booth...

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