I know there's been a fair amount of discussion about the fair already, but it's been more prepare-for-the-fair-based than report-based. Having been to the fair once already (yesterday), I have a couple favorite finds to report. I'm hoping to get back at least once before the end of fair days, and therefore am very interested in hearing other fairgoers' recommendations. So: what was the best food you ate at the fair this year?
Yesterday's fair chow standouts (in my experience):
Schumacher's (on Carnes Ave between Nelson and Underwood - almost nestled underneath the Giant Slide) grilled pork chop on a stick: Besides finding that perfect tender/chewy balance and tasting nicely, subtly smoky and salty, this is actually a good deal by fair standards. It's a big ol' chunk of pork for - what, $5?
Cream Puffs (at the corner of Liggett and Dan Patch) are perennial favorites of mine. Yesterday they did not disappoint. I really love the chocolate ones, but the chocolate machine has been broken the last two times I've tried to purchase one (yesterday and last year). Let's hope that's just a coincidence. Vanilla's just dandy, too (I've never tried the strawberry). Anyway, the puff is just so nicely eggy, and the whipped cream so not-too-sweet, it's just a dream, especially washed down with an ice-cold glass of milk. Mmmm. Warning, you will need both hands, and you will probably want to dump some of the whipped cream - they go a little crazy with it.
That's all that really stood out this year. Of course I loved the cheese curds, and the corn dog, and the malt too, but I can't extricate the nostalgic-type love from the chowtastic-love, so I won't go there on this post. Lookng forward to hearing from you!