One local, annual event is the epitome of all things finger-lickin’ good: the State Fair of Texas, held this year on September 30–October 23 at Fair Park in Dallas. Thousands of citizens from around the country will venture to our corner of the Lone Star State to see what all the fuss is about—but mostly, to taste the fried foods—at one of the largest state fairs in the country.
Get a head start on stuffing your face with greasy goodness with these five must-try dishes of fried glory from around Plano.
#1 Cheesesteak Eggrolls
Find the Cheesesteak Eggrolls under the “Food to Fight Over” (aka appetizer menu) at Del Frisco’s Grille. Their most popular meal-starter is available at dinner or lunch for $11.50 and also offered at their newly added happy hour for $6 on weekdays from 4–6:30 p.m. Topped with a sweet and spicy chili sauce and mustard, the egg rolls are stuffed with a mixture of beef tenderloin, caramelized onions and white american cheese. They possess the consistency of a Philly cheesesteak with the crunch of an Asian-inspired egg roll—a perfect blend of American and Asian cuisine.
#2 White Wings
At Cuellars’ Fajita Ranch, White Wings are the way to go for something meaty and warm with a touch of spice. Make it a starter or a meal; you can get a half order of four pieces for $7.95 or a full order of eight pieces for $12.95. They take white chicken breasts and stuff them with jalapeños and jack cheese, then wrap them in bacon and let you dunk away in Ranch dressing or housemade salsa. It is heaven on a plate.
#3 Zucchini Fries
A healthy-ish alternative to typical fried foods are Zucchini Fries, and PDQ’s got ‘em. PDQ stands for People Dedicated to Quality, and their lightly breaded, crisp yet tender-in-the-middle fries represent the name well. Spend $3.49 for an 8-ounce portion or substitute for regular fries with any combo meal for only $1.49. Dip the fries comprised of zucchini, buttermilk, flour, soybean oil and fry seasoning into a housemade Sweet Sriracha sauce to magnify the taste.
#4 Japanese Soy Milk Donuts
KULA’s Revolving Sushi Bar offers a unique twist to a common breakfast food. Japanese Soy Milk Donuts are served as a dessert containing three pieces of the fried treat, a scoop of vanilla ice cream atop black sugar syrup called Kuromitsu, and drizzled with caramel. The fluffy, warm pastry is created from a combination of flour, milk and soybean powder. Have it all for just $3.50 an order.
#5 Conch Fritters
Venture to ConkyJoe, a Caribbean restaurant, for a taste of the islands. The Conch Fritters are delicious bites of tenderized conch (shellfish) surrounded by a flour batter with onions, peppers and thyme. Then, it’s fried perfectly golden. Try the Conch Fritters as an appetizer on it’s own for $9.99 or with the ConkyJoe Sampler that includes the fritters, Croquets and Garlic Shrimp for $14.99. A slightly sweet and tangy Calypso sauce is used for dipping.