I’ve heard it all, especially from the State Fair of Texas folks up in Dallas who have set a new bar for fried fair foods.
At last weekend’s San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, I got to try my first “weird” fried foods. Sure, I’ve had corn dogs and funnel cakes and fried cheese sticks before, but when I saw the words “fried cookie dough,” I knew I’d met my destiny.
Cookie dough has always been one of my favorite indulgences, but I wasn’t sure frying it would make it any better or more delicious. The truth is, I was probably right. The fried cookie dough was fine. They scoop a ball of regular cookie dough (without the eggs, I presume), dip it quickly in batter and then fry it on a stick. The result is slightly warm cookie dough that has the texture of ice cream that you left on the counter for a little too long. The batter adds a little bit of crispiness to each bit, but for $8, I don’t know that I’d go back for seconds. In fairness, one person couldn’t eat that whole ball of dough, so the $8 treat can be easily shared.
On the savory side of things, we also tried fried cheese curds, another $8 treat, but one that felt more familiar. These little guys tasted like mozzarella cheese sticks, but they did have that slight squeak that we love about cheese curds. The real treat was the ranch dipping sauce that came on the side.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this pizza at the nearby food court. Chicken wings on one side; a corn dog on the other. My brain has a hard time computing this, but I can see why it’s popular.
The biggest food tradition at the San Antonio Rodeo is the Van De Walle Fajita Corral, where volunteers run the food stand to earn money for the rodeo’s many scholarships and youth programs. (The whole rodeo and stock show is a fundraiser for ag-loving high school students across the state.)
The Van De Walle company started sponsoring this tent in 1986, and it’s the place where you can still get a $3 breakfast taco or $5 fajita taco while you think about that $8 treat you’ve had your eye on.
The rodeo continues with a show at 7:30 p.m. tonight and two tomorrow, one at 1 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.
Both rodeo competitions are followed by live music in the AT&T Center, and the fair is open late to satiate those fried food cravings all night long. The fair side of the show will also be open on Sunday, but they don’t have any big rodeo performances.