There’s no doubt that one of the biggest attractions at the State Fair of Texas is the food. We were at Fair Park on opening day so we could find out what food items you should try to make the most of your visit.
Here are five foodie favorites recommended by fairgoers.
Voted Best Taste in the 2021 Big Tex Choice Awards, this cookie sandwich is still a fan favorite. The filling is a made-from-scratch cookie butter ice cream that is drizzled with cookie butter and sandwiched between two deep-fried Armadillo-shaped cookies. Plus, a dusting of powdered sugar tops it off.
- Find it: Inside the Midway arch, near the Cotton Bowl
The 2023 winner of the Big Texas Choice Awards sweet category, the New York-style cheesecake is coated in Belgian chocolate with a layer of crushed Biscoff cookies, drizzled with Lotus Biscoff spread, and topped with a Biscoff cookie.
- Find it: Inside the Tower Building Food Court at Drizzle Cheesecake on a Stick.
Fried Cacio e Pepe
A perfect bite of Italian pasta tossed with cacio e pepe sauce, deep fried to crispy perfection, and topped with a sprinkle of Parmigiano Reggiano. It’s served with a side of homemade marinara sauce.
- Find it: At Eataly’s booth outside of Grand Place
Fletcher’s Corny Dog
Arguably the most iconic fair food, the hot dog link is dipped in a cornbread batter, deep fried, and topped with mustard.
- Find it: Right by Big Tex and throughout the fairgrounds
Fried Cookie Dough
Voted Best Taste in the 2007 Big Tex Choice Awards, the dish is made with fresh cookie dough, pecans, chocolate chips, and coconut, lightly battered and deep fried. It’s then topped with chocolate syrup or whipped cream.
- Find it: At the Vandelay Industries stand on Nimitz
Pro tip: On Thursdays — October 5, 12, and 19 — participating food vendors will offer one of their signature menu items at a reduced price.