You Don't Have To Visit The State Fair To Get Your Fair Food Fix.
We love the State Fair of Texas and the absurd ways it manages to top its food offerings each year. We really do.
But sometimes you just wish you could enjoy the fair experience without the actual hassle of, y'know, going to the state fair. Really, when factoring in the mildly obscene costs of admission and parking — not to mention that you can no longer even use a selfie stick to document that first Fletcher's corn dog of the year — justifying the trip in the first place may seem like a little bit of a stretch, especially if the only reason you're going is so you can sink your teeth into some deep-fried goodness.
That's especially true when you consider the fact that at least a few places around Dallas offer their own fair-inspired foods outside of the Fair Park confines. Sure, you'll still have to visit the State Fair of Texas to pay homage to everyone's favorite animatronic cowboy. But, on the deep-fried front, you indeed have options.
Let's take a look at some of them.
Brisket funnel cake at Clark Food & Wine Co. As if the golden-fried gift from above that is funnel cake wasn't mouthwatering enough, the evil geniuses of Lower Greenville's Clark Food & Wine Co. decided to top it with some brisket. Ancho dust and jalapeño give the dish some added spice, with a side of blue cheese dip to round things off.
Fried brisket-stuffed garlic knots at Zoli's Pizza. Zoli's probably didn't need to do anything to make its infamous garlic knots any more tantalizing, but adding brisket just makes us even sadder to hear that the Bishop Arts locale will soon just be a memory. Get them while you can!
The “Altered State” corn dog at Luscher's Red Hots. While Mondays serve as the dedicated day of Post Oak corn dogs for this popular Deep Ellum spot, you can now also try a version made with spicy smoked beef and sausage. The so-called Altered State is served with buttermilk herb dressing, “Sweet Pants” barbecue sauce, fries and sport peppers. Best of all, it's not limited to Mondays during fair season.
Cotton candy hot dog at Globe Life Park. As was recently reported, this abomination of sweet and salty was just one of the new items added to Globe Life Park's ever-growing attraction of off-the-wall food offerings. Here's to those days where a regular frank just doesn't cut the mustard, I guess?
The Turknett at Whisk Crepes Cafe. This newly opened West Dallas spot offers a sweet, fair-inspired crepe, courtesy of chef Christina Turknett. It's made with cinnamon apples, cinnamon cream cheese, caramel and pecans. The shop is currently BYOB for the first few months of opening, but the 20-person space may require you going with the take-out option.
Stuffed chicken wings at Sakhuu Thai. OK, so this is the one place on our list that still requires a visit to the fair — but that's because the Bryan Street location is closed down until later this month to serve these bad boys to fairgoers. For a dish nicknamed “Mama's famous chicken wings,” it just may be worth the trip.