The State Fair of Texas keeps ramping up its focus on food, and the 2019 rendition, beginning on September 27, takes it to the next level. The fair has 18 new crazy, wacky, wild, can-you-believe-this, OMG concessions ranging from fried energy bites to fried potato salad.
This latest round of concessionaire offerings comes in addition to the 10 finalists and three winners of the 2019 Big Tex Choice Awards, introduced in August. Awards went to the fried taco cone, a chicken wing served over a doughnut, and a fried mango pastry with mango sorbet.
These 18 items include semi-finalists that did not make the final cut. Try them so you can challenge the judges who proclaimed the fried taco cone the winner. For the full list of this year’s new foods and their locations, visit BigTex.com/New-Food.
Then again, you could just scratch all this and head straight to Fletcher's Original State Fair Corny Dogs — which recently filed a lawsuit to defend its corny dog supremacy over family members who are doing their own corny-dog-like concept under the name "Fletch." Be sure to say hi to GiGi and Amber.
Here are 2019's non-award-winning-but-no-less-tempting fried foods:
Good Ole Creole Boudin Egg Roll with Pepper Jack Cheese. Savory seasoned rice has been fused with pepper jack cheese, rolled in a wonton wrapper, and deep fried. Served with sweet chili paste dipping sauce. At A Taste of New Orleans.
Cajun Crab Bombs. A jumbo shrimp is inserted into a "crab bomb" mix of crab meat, egg, panko, and seasoning, with the tail sticking out as "the fuse." The Crab Bombs are dusted with fish fry and Cajun seasoning, then fried. Served with remoulade sauce. At Gulf Coast Grill.
Cotton Candy Burrito. Comes in two flavors. Lavender bean ice cream is wrapped in cheesecake flavored cotton candy. Caramel sea salt ice cream is wrapped in chocolate-flavored cotton candy. From the creators of the 2018 Cotton Candy Taco entry. At Trio on the Green.
Champagne Jell-O Hot Shot. Champagne, Chablis, and Watermelon Jell-O with spicy slices of jalapeños make this a memorable adult treat. Served in a 3.25 oz portion cup. At Bailey’s Deli.
Chicks in a Cone: Fried popcorn chicken with Cajun seasoning, tossed into a waffle cone then drizzled with choice of sweet or hot sauce. At Stuffed Wings.
Chuco's Churros: Filled churros, churro splits, churro sundaes, or just the classic churro. At Chuco’s Churreria.
Deep Fried Chicken Cordon Bleu Stuffed Waffles. Fried chicken cutlets stuffed with prosciutto and Swiss cheese, baked inside a Belgian "Liege" Waffle infused with European pearl sugar. At Scrumbscious Pie Shakes.
Deep Fried Energy Bites. Energy bite with peanut butter, chocolate, honey, oats, and chocolate rolled in a sweet rolled oat batter, fried, drizzled with espresso chocolate glaze, and served on a bed of fried coconut shreds. At Carousel Concessions.
Deep Fried Nutella Custard Stuffed French Toast. French toast sandwich filled with Nutella, vanilla custard, and crumbled bacon coated with crushed breakfast cereal and fried. At Scrumbscious Pie Shakes.
Deep Fried Potato Salad. Potatoes, relish, eggs, and onions are diced, mashed, and rolled into a ball, tossed in Pearlie's house seasonings, and deep fried. At Pearlie’s Southern Kitchen.
Fried Southern Bourbon Bread Pudding. Bread pudding with a New Orleans flair is soaked in milk, bourbon, and brown sugar; coated with breadcrumbs; and fried. Served with bourbon glaze for dipping. At Eat Crispies.
Fry Rub & Rye. Libation has wine-based whiskey, egg whites, lemon juice, and maple syrup, shaken, combined with mango-infused craft beer, with a skewer that has a fried pickle wedge, onion ring, and stuffed jalapeño popper. At Rico’s & Trio on the Green.
Loaded Baked Potato Funnel Cake. Funnel cake dressed to look and taste like a "loaded with all the goodies" baked potato. At Larry's.
Nutty Bar-Bar. Customize your Nutty Bar with toppings such as colored sprinkles, toasted coconut, Butterfingers, or Rice Krispies. At Nutty Bar Stand.
PB & J Bacon Pickle Dog. Dill pickle is sliced, battered, and fried, then served on a hot-dog style sweet Hawaiian Bun drizzled with peanut butter and topped with bacon jam. At Benavides Nachos.
Pearlie's Parfaits. Cream pudding layered over a honey graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream. Flavors available include chocolate, lemon, strawberry, and banana pudding. At Pearlie's Southern Kitchen.
Stuffed Turkey Leg. Smokey John's smoked turkey leg topped with dirty rice, Cajun cream sauce, and grilled shrimp. At Smokey John's.
The "Ain't No Lie It's Fried" Steak. A 14-ounce strip steak fried in beef tallow cut and served with garlic fries and chimichurri sauce. At Vandalay Concessions.