If anyone finds some great food at the Fair, I'd love to hear about it. The options are overwhelming. In the hour or so I spent there last night, it looks like a lot of the usual operators are back in their usual places. Didn't notice any new fried items (unless they didn't have fried strawberries last year, though I vaguely recall seeing them).
Dinner last night:
-- Fletcher's corn dog (jalapeno cheese, which is worth the extra two coupons). Very good, for what it is.
-- Fried Snickers (at that one booth that always draws a crowd, a stone's throw away from the Texas Star). The batter was crisp and not too greasy, but the interior wasn't as gooey and melty as usual. (Maybe the Snickers they used was approaching its "use by" date.)
-- Fried Wisconsin cheese curd (at a booth facing the building with the new car displays). Crisp on the outside, rubbery and salty on the inside. Not bad, but a little goes a long way.
-- Home-made root beer (at a booth adjacent to the building with the new car displays). Ultra-low carbonation, not too sweet, and with a typical "root beer extract" artificiality to the flavor. Pretty average, for that style of root beer. Not worth the coupons, unless you're in the mood.
-- Funnel cake (at a booth near the fountain at the Grand St. entrance, i.e., near the Museum of Natural History). Thoroughly mediocre funnel cake. We looked at about 4 booths, hoping to find one operating at a higher level, but with no luck.