State Fair of Texas

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    September 3, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Fried Foods to Try at the State Fair of Texas

    City of Ate: Our sister paper's food blog, Dallas Observer's City of Ate, has the scoop on which food competitors walked away victorious during the 10th Big Tex Choice Awards at the State Fair of Texas. We shared info about the finalists a couple weeks ago, and out of those entries, the Fried Gulf S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Fried Food Finalists Chosen for 2014 Big Tex Choice Awards

    The State Fair of Texas in Dallas will be here before we know it -- it kicks of September 26 -- and that means Corny dogs, funnel cakes, and of course, the weirdest and wackiest fried foods. Sure, you can stick to the traditional fried Oreo cookies or over-the-top fried cheesecakes, butter and bubbl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 56, Eggplant Fries at Batanga

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The Southern Tailgating Cookbook Helps Satisfy All Your Culinary Tailgate Needs

    Food photographer Taylor Mathis has spent the last three football seasons right in the thick of all the rivalry and school spirit, but he's only been to one game. Instead of watching college athletes toss around the pigskin, Mathis joins tailgaters in eating pig skin. And gumbo. And ribs. And just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Too Bad It Rained: Top 5 Fried Foods I Wish I Had Tasted at the State Fair of Texas

    Unfortunately, it rained literally all day long in Dallas on Saturday. Which just so happened to be the day I planned to attend the State Fair of Texas. There were many things I was looking forward to doing. I wanted to see Big Tex, ride the Ferris Wheel, watch the pig races and enjoy the fireworks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    The 25 Best Reasons To Love Texas In The Fall

    Fall has arrived in Texas, and thank God. There is no better time in the Lone Star State, for so many reasons. The switch in season may be more subtle than it is in the north -- you never can get that far away from a Texas summer, after all -- but there's enough change in the air to signify that y ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 13, 2012

    Yum, Fried Bubble Gum

    Top 10 State Fair of Texas foods

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness: The Grease Monster of Yucca Flats

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating...Our Words, where this time of year ten years ago, we'd be nearly halfway through our allotted money on our university meal card already. It's hard living above a convenience store that's open late at night, particularly if you have a weakness for m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Top 10 State Fair of Texas Foods

    See our slideshow of more State Fair of Texas Foods. Some go for the carnival-style attractions. Others go for the garden exhibition. Thousands go for the live musical entertainment. Many go for the shopping. But the truth of the matter is, all flock to the State Fair of Texas for the food. In it ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2012

    Houston's Babies Play Vintage Baseball

    There's no gloves or batting helmets when Larry Joe Miggins and the rest of the Houston Babies regularly travel back in time to play the game by its 1860 rules.

  • Dining

    January 26, 2012

    Mac and More

    This spot started out serving its namesake dish and nothing else. Expanding the menu was a good idea.

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    French-Toasted Tortilla

    Photo by John Kiely​When Joseph French, an innkeeper in Albany, New York, invented French toast in 1724, he became an early practitioner of the American affinity to dip food in batter and fry it in fat. The oil has gotten deeper since then, the food more exotic, leading inevitably to the Texa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    TCU to the Big 12: What's Changed Since the Southwest Conference Went Kaput

    ​Earlier this week, Texas Christian University officially accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference, which sort of models the old Southwest Conference, a division that the Horned Frogs competed in from 1923 to 1996. We gotta tell you, horny toads, compared to '96, the league is goi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    The Texas State Fair: Specializing in Fried Crap, 125 Years and Counting

    This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Texas State Fair, held every fall in Dallas at the wonderfully art deco Fair Park. I honestly had no idea until I went to the fair late last week, however. You'd think there'd be some more momentous foodstuffs to mark the occasion. Alas, the biggest news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    State Fair Fare: Checking Out the Competition in Minnesota

    foodanddrinkdigital.comBig Tex, State Fair mascot who turns 59 this year, wears a 75 gallon hat and size 70 boots.​As soon as you walk through the gates of a state fair, whatever "diet" you may be on becomes null and void. If you're watching your carbs, trying to stay away from fried foods or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Meat Sundaes and Deep-Fried Moon Pies: It's Rodeo Season!

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttPulled pork sundaes at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more photos, check out our slideshow.​Hot beef sundaes are nothing new; in fact, we wrote about them back in March 2009, when the popular meat-and-potatoes parfait was taking to the streets of Nebraska ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010

    For Five Bucks I'd...

    What Texans would do for a Lincoln

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Recap: Episode 4 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​Welcome to another exciting episode of The Next Iron Chef, where the Houston food community gathers, hoping for a win for an Iron Chef who has a real passion for this sometimes underdog Texas city. And where Ming Tsai acts like a tool. By the way, did you hear when "Ming" called into 1560 The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    RIP, Bob Guccione: Five Texan Penthouse Pets, In Your Honor

    Teagan Presley, a Texan Penthouse Pet​Hair Balls is wearing sackcloth and ashes today in memory of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, who shuffled off to the Great Stiffie in the Sky Wednesday at age 79.Maybe our sense of loss comes from the fact that we're old enough to remember ye ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010 What Texans Will Do For Five Bucks

    For sale, cheap: Critiques of your dating profile​Hair Balls has five bucks burning a hole in our pocket, and we're thinking about spending it on a postcard from a Houston-based model no one's ever heard of. Or possibly a Texas State Fair award-winning pecan pie recipe.The problem is, there are ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    The 10 Do's and Don't's of Texas Food

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttOne of my hobbies is taking jingoistic photos of our state flag. God bless Texas!​After seeing the dialogue back and forth on Lennie Ambrose's post about sweet tea and its availability in Texas, my colleagues and I began discussing our own caveats about eating in Te ... More >>

  • Music

    September 16, 2010

    Smashing Pumpkins

    Billy Corgan's everlasting gaze

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Sideshow Tramps Want To Be Texas State Fair's "Best Dad Band"

    Sideshow Tramps on Facebook​Think of Houston barnburners the Sideshow Tramps and naturally the first thought that comes to mind is "wholesome family enterainment," right? The band themselves admitted as much in an email they sent to Rocks Off HQ Wednesday afternoon, calling themselves "known f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Fried Beer Wuz Robbed

    Try making this at home.​The overall winner of this year's Big Tex Choice Awards (the much publicized food awards at the annual State Fair of Texas) was an underdog from three brand-new competitors: the fried Frito pie. And although I'm happy for the gentlemen who won (as happy as you can be t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Suck It, Dallas: The Rodeo Outdraws The State Fair

    ​The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo was the nation's biggest fair in 2009, an industry publication has declared.Carnival Warehouse, which sounds like the kind of place that has cheap late-night advertising for kuh-waaazy prices on merry-go-rounds, but is actually a publication that tracks the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Livingston Trade Days

    If the span of time between the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in spring and the State Fair of Texas in fall is just too long for you, you can satisfy your lust for the unnecessary consumption of crap at least once a month at Livingston Trade Days, a giant fair midway without the fair in the Piney W ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    It's Not a Thyroid Problem's the Corn Dog Pizza you just horked down. One of modern society's greatest questions is now succinctly answered in a single website: This Is Why You're Fat.  Included in the website are such favorites as Rochester's world-famous garbage plate (I was not a fan, surprisingly -- and, y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    The Year in Food-Related Photos

    As you can see, we had quite a few gastronomic slideshows in 2008. Click each photo below for more action. Houston Texans Tailgating World Gyro Eating Championship Burger Porn

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    State Fair of Texas: Chicken-Fried Bacon Anyone?

    This past weekend we took a trip to Big D for the Texas State Fair where we discovered or were reacquainted with various facts such as that Big Tex casts a tall shadow, Oklahomans can be really sad when their team unexpectedly loses to UT and in Dallas, Fried Food is King. There were some tie-ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    State Fair of Texas: Chicken-Fried Bacon Anyone?

    This past weekend we took a trip to Big D for the Texas State Fair where we discovered or were reacquainted with various facts such as that Big Tex casts a tall shadow, Oklahomans can be really sad when their team unexpectedly loses to UT and in Dallas, Fried Food is King. There were some tie-ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Advance Planning for Texas Wine Month in October

    Need an excuse to drink in October? Besides the common association of the month with beer and Octobrefests around the globe, the state of Texas has once again declared October: Texas Wine Month. The official celebration kicks off with a Taste of San Antonio on October 3 and crescendos with the Madis ... More >>

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