Now that the State Fair of Texas is finally here, it's time to eat. Those eight Big Tex Choice Awards finalists -- all fried but one -- are available all over Fair Park, if you know where to look.
The State Fair of Texas makes the hunt just a little easier by providing a map to each of the eight finalists.
Keep this handy when you arrive at the State Fair of Texas:
A panel of judges named Fernie's Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly -- a fried carrot cake, of sorts -- as this year's tastiest. The most creative, in the judges' mind, was the smoky bacon margarita.
The State Fair of Texas has a host of other fried food finalists that could be worth your coupons, and you can read about all of them here. The chicken-fried lobster with Champagne gravy will cost you a whopping 60 coupons, or $30. Concessionaire Abel Gonzales confirmed the Champagne was actually sourced from France. Fancy!
If you ask chef John Tesar, who was one of the judges of the Big Tex Choice Awards, his favorite new fried finalist was the cowboy corn crunch, a ball of cream cheese, jalapeño, corn and bacon, rolled up and fried "like a tater tot," explains concessionaire Isaac Rousso.
There's also fried alligator, buffalo, pork, and chicken 'n' queso.
We'll report back with our favorites.