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The Best Vegetarian Bites at the State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is a meat-lover’s wonderland. There’s Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, brisket, turkey legs and bacon. Oh, so much bacon. But what about the herbivores of the world who want nothing more than to eat something deliciously fried and on a stick? It can be a challenge for vegetarians to find equally exciting bites. Even the fried Sriracha balls have meat in them. This past Sunday, I asked a couple of friends — who also happen to be vegetarians — to join me at the fair, to explore beyond the realm of funnel cakes and french fries, and discover some of the best meat-free options. Here’s what we found.

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Go Texan at the State Fair of Texas

I was having the kind of state fair experience that I never knew I wanted. Friendly faces waved me over from one booth to the next, offering up a smorgasbord of secret family recipes and award-winning Texas treats at the Food & Fiber Pavilion at Fair Park. Texas-made salsas, sauces, marinades, cookies, pickles, and pralines lined the walls and tables of the pavilion. Husband-and-wife duos and family recipes passed down for generations were in no shortage, and each delicious snack seemed to have a secret ingredient of its own.

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Galleria Restaurants Serve Up Fried Foods for Fair Season

The State Fair isn’t the only place to find tasty fried foods next month. In homage, restaurants at the Galleria Dallas have created fried desserts for those who can’t make it to Fair Park. Beginning on September 26, the first day of the Fair, guests can find these treats at the Galleria: Apple Fried Pie […]

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10 of the Best, Worst, and Downright Nastiest Foods at the State Fair of Texas 2013

Here on SideDish, we talk about the best and the worst State Fair of Texas foods, but we never talk about those weird in-betweens. You’ve got to admit there’s a lot of junk at the fair every year. You only have so many coupons, a little amount of stomach space, and so much time. You […]

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Eat Up, Y’all: Our Guide to Healthy Food Options at the State Fair of Texas 2013

Here’s the problem with the State Fair: You want to go, but you don’t want to go. All your friends have planned a big “Ladies Night Out” at Fair Park, but you despise all that fried food nastiness with every artery of your being. Fried stuff makes you sick to your stomach. I don’t blame […]

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Don’t Eat This Now: Deep-Fried Nutella at the State Fair of Texas

Dearest deep-fried Nutella, Why are you trying to be a spanakopita when you aren’t? You, Nutella, are lovely just the way you are. You are lovely with bananas. You are lovely plain. You are so lovely, I even did a whole Taste Test Thursday with chocolate hazelnut spread JUST FOR YOU. I enjoyed the strawberry and banana slices […]

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Eat Up, Y’all: Our Guide to New Fried Foods at the State Fair of Texas 2013

Good day to all you friedaholics. Ready to binge? Tomorrow, my little friends and enemies, is the first day of the State Fair of Texas. If you didn’t know this already, you need to get your arteries checked. Make sure they’re squeaky clean before you fill them with grease, grease, and more grease! If you […]

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Special Taste Report: The Eight Fried Finalists at the 2013 Big Texas Choice Awards

Yesterday morning, the eight finalists in the 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards gathered at The Dock to compete for two prizes: “Best Taste” and “Most Creative.” In the end, Isaac Rousso took home the award for “Best Taste” with his deep-fried Cuban roll. Duo Justin and Rudy Martinez nabbed “Most Creative” with their fried Thanksgiving […]

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Deep-Fried Cuban Roll and Fried Thanksgiving Giving Dinner Win 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards

Earlier this morning, the movers and eaters of the State Fair of Texas gathered at The Dock for one of the most important and serious competitions all year: the 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards. (Sorry, Cliburn.) Last week, we revealed the eight finalists who came head-to-head in an oily, oily battle inside Fair Park. Here […]

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Taste of Dallas 2013: A Recap of All the Crazy Food We Ate

This weekend was my first time attending Taste of Dallas – actually my first time to attend a “Taste of Anywhere” – but it won’t be my last. Last Friday evening, I met up with Kellie Spano, the administrative assistant at D, and a couple of our friends at Fair Park to see what this festival […]

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Where to Find Healthy Food Options at the State Fair of Texas (Comes With a Printable PDF)

On a recent romp through the State Fair, I’ve discovered that it is possible to eat healthy foods there, contrary to popular belief. You just have to know where to find them between the stalls of endless fried-to-death junk. Most people who avoid contracting fried fooditis go for the usual suspects: turkey legs, pickles, hot […]

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Don’t Eat This Now: Deep Fried Girl Scout Cookies at the State Fair

Dear deep fried Samoas, I can’t tell you how disappointed I am. Those 10 coupons I spent on you are 10 coupons I’ll never get back. I could’ve gone on the scary haunted house ride twice with 10 coupons! Instead, I wasted them on four of you. Why? Because I love Girl Scout Cookies. Whenever […]

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New Fried Foods at the State Fair of Texas 2012: Our Guide to the Best Artery-Cloggers

If my arteries could talk, they’d be screaming in half-pain/half-joy because tomorrow, my friends, is the FIRST DAY of the State Fair. When those beautiful Fair Park gates open in 19 hours, 20 minutes, and 45 seconds, we’ll finally be able to enter Fried Food Heaven and rest in buttered peace. But enough of this […]

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How to Fry Cotton Candy

Tommy Tolls is the Cotton Candy guy. He’s going to be standing inside Cassie’s Frozen Yogurt booth at the Texas State Fair starting on September 28, supervising the cooks to make sure they make the fried cotton candy balls perfectly right. Cassie Uptmore, who started her froyo biz in Grapevine and had her own booth at […]

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