State Fair Foods

State fair foods. Mmm … where to start? Perhaps the deep-fried Oreos, or the freshly made cream puffs? Whatever you decide, we can all agree that state fair foods are the best.

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Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie
Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

Raise your spirits this Thanksgiving with Mrs. McMullen's Appleberry Pie. We’d happily trade canned cranberry sauce for this cocktail combination of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. 960 1280

  

Frozen Mint Julep

Frozen Mint Julep

Start the summer off with a bang this Memorial Day by toasting with Frozen Mint Juleps. For non-southerners, this twist on the Kentucky Derby delight may make the bourbon more palatable -- and refreshing. 960 1280

  

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Ring in the New Year (or Christmas -- it’s festive) with a classy, champagne cocktail like Liam's Midnight Toast. Garnish with an orange slice, and leave the speeches to your guests! 960 1280

  

Black Devil Martini

Black Devil Martini

For your adults-only Halloween party, serve this Black Devil Martini. This spooky spirit gets its color from dark rum, course orange sugar and a black olive garnish. 960 1280

  

Autumn Colors Cocktail

Autumn Colors Cocktail

The name says it all. This crisp, sweet-tea-vodka mixture is pretty enough for the Thanksgiving table thanks to pomegranate liqueur and orange zest. 960 1280

  

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Warm your belly during the holidays with beloved Hot Buttered Rum. This classic mixed drink containing rum, caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg is perfect for enjoying fireside. 960 1280

  

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

It’s a wonderful life! We think right after Clarence, George Bailey’s guardian angel, finally got his wings he reached for this hot, cranberry concoction. 960 1280

  

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

One part Thanksgiving, 2 parts Christmas, we bet the big guy in red loves Santa's Pumpkin Pie Martini -- we do, too! 960 1280

  

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Paradise is found with a sip of this raspberry-infused, hot-chocolate cocktail, some people might say. Top the whipped cream with a drizzle of Chambord and a fresh raspberry. 960 1280

  

Flavored with spices and warmed to perfection, a glass of mulled wine soothes the spirit. 960 1280

  

It's everyone's favorite spicy brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary. 960 1280

  

Grab your beach blanket and bathing suit and hit the sand ' it's frozen daiquiri time. 960 1280

  

Not just for the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is always a refreshing treat. 960 1280

  

Believed to have been invented in Puerto Rico, a Piña Colada hits the spot no matter where you drink it. 960 1280

  

Once considered an old-fashioned cocktail, the gimlet is gaining in popularity across America. 960 1280

  

Long a favorite in Spain, a fruity glass of sangria is the perfect summer cocktail. 960 1280

  

All you really need are tequila, triple sec and lime if you want to visit Margaritaville. 960 1280

  

Berky's, Lexington, VA
Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

All day every day, Berky’s in Lexington, VA, dishes out simple, delicious American fare. 960 1280

  

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

For those looking for a bit more meat in their meal, try Berky’s signature “King of the Road,” a 1-pound chopped steak covered in fried onions and homemade brown gravy. 960 1280

  

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

If the "King of the Road" doesn’t tickle your fancy, check out the other hearty, homemade meals on their menu. 960 1280

  

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

Dysart’s in Bangor, ME, has been serving all-American comfort food to hungry truckers, lumberjacks and locals for generations. 960 1280

  

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

Anyone who’s been to Dysart’s knows you have to save room for their blueberry pie! 960 1280

  

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

In northern New England, hungry truckers pull into the world famous Dysart’s Truck Stop day and night because they know that this is the place that puts the “Yankee” into pot roast! 960 1280

  

R Place Restaurant

R Place Restaurant

When a driver finds a truck stop’s parking lot packed in the middle of the afternoon, he knows they’ve either got cheap gas, great food or both, and at R Place in Morris, IL, they’ll fill your tank not only with diesel, but with belly-busting burgers. 960 1280

  

R Place Restaurant

R Place Restaurant

R Place’s ginormous bakery is known for its homemade bread, handcrafted cakes and their famous German cream horns. 960 1280

  

R Place Restaurant

R Place Restaurant

It might be tempting to ogle the plethora of pastries, but don't spoil your dinner -- the menu at R Place boasts a huge variety of classic American fare! 960 1280

  

Tiger Truck Stop

Tiger Truck Stop

In Grosse Tete, LA, just 20 miles west of Baton Rouge, truckers know they can get some of the Bayou’s best homemade classics when they spot the Tiger Truck Stop. 960 1280

  

Iowa 80 Truck Stop

Iowa 80 Truck Stop

After a long day on the road, nothing fills a trucker’s tank like a buffet full of home-cooked comfort food from Iowa 80 Truck Stop in Walcott. 960 1280

  

Gramma's Kitchen

Gramma's Kitchen

Many who fuel up at Iowa 80 head to Gramma’s Kitchen across the street for a taste of Iowa’s unofficial state dish – the deep-fried pork tenderloin sandwich. Gramma’s has one of the best around. 960 1280

  

Gramma's Kitchen

Gramma's Kitchen

Real meat-and-potatoes meals and superb service make this one of the rare restaurants that truckers and travelers will go out their way for on every trip. 960 1280

  

Billy Bob's Texas Truck Stop

Billy Bob's Texas Truck Stop

The mega-roadhouse known as Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth spans over 127,000 square feet. 960 1280

  

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Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Traditional Japanese rolls and nigiri are prepared for take-out at Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Cooks prep ingredients for dishes made in woks at Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger's energy bagels are a popular menu item. 960 1280

  

Pret A Manger in Washington, DC

Pret A Manger in Washington, DC

Pret A Manger in Washington, DC, uses fresh bread for their signature sandwiches. 960 1280

  

Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs

Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs

Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs are served with mashed potatoes and gravy and a side of lingonberries. 960 1280

  

Bingsu, a Korean parfait

Bingsu, a Korean parfait

Bingsu, a Korean parfait composed of ice shavings and fruit syrups, is a signature dessert at Caffe Bene in Korea and in the US. 960 1280

  

LA’s Yoshinoya

LA’s Yoshinoya

LA’s Yoshinoya serves their signature beef bowl, a juicy beef mixture on top of a bed of rice. 960 1280

  

Green tea cream puffs

Green tea cream puffs

Green tea cream puffs are offered at Beard Papa's locations around the world. 960 1280

  

85 Degrees C Bakery Café in California

85 Degrees C Bakery Café in California

A top seller at 85 Degrees C Bakery Café in California is the Berrytale, filled with blueberries and cream cheese. 960 1280

  

85 Degrees C Bakery Café

85 Degrees C Bakery Café

Taiwan’s popular Rosong bread is offered at 85 Degrees C Bakery Café. 960 1280

  

New York City’s Maoz

New York City’s Maoz

New York City’s Maoz is a fast food restaurant from Amsterdam geared toward vegetarians and vegans. 960 1280

  

Ricotta Tartine from Le Pain Quotidien

Ricotta Tartine from Le Pain Quotidien

Ricotta Tartine from Le Pain Quotidien, a Belgian café chain in New York City. 960 1280

  

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

Get your fill of soft-drink nostalgia at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. 960 1280

  

McDonald's headquarters in Chicago

McDonald's headquarters in Chicago

McDonald's corporate team members in a test kitchen at their headquarters in suburban Chicago. 960 1280

  

Giraffa's in Miami

Giraffa's in Miami

The grilled picanha dish is served with grilled vegetables, haricots and quinoa at Giraffa's in Miami. 960 1280

  

10. Grilled Caesar Salad, California State Fair

10. Grilled Caesar Salad, California State Fair

Who said fairs only do food that’s crummy for you? Leave it to the Californians to give us some healthy fair foods, such as grilled Caesar salads and peaches with cottage cheese. That being said, news of the Big Beef Rib (24-ounce steak on a 17-inch cow’s rib) has traveled all the way to me in Minnesota. Gotta try that next time! 960 1280

  

9. Cream Puffs, Wisconsin State Fair

9. Cream Puffs, Wisconsin State Fair

It's said that the original cream puffs are the essential food at Wisconsin's state celebration. How can you argue with a mountain of sweet cream sandwiched in a puff shell? You can’t. I implore you to also eat a brat or 2, along with some cheese curds. ’Cause hey, you're in Wisconsin! 960 1280

  

8. Fried EVERYTHING, State Fair of Texas

8. Fried EVERYTHING, State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is the largest state fair in the US when measured by annual attendance. And when it comes to foods, it’s all about the deep fryer. There’s deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fried cookie dough, fried peach cobbler on a stick, zesty fried guacamole bites, deep-fried lattes, fried chili Frito burritos, fried hot dogs, chicken fried bacon, fried banana splits, fried grilled-cheese sandwiches ... I could list about 100 more, but I am getting queasy just writing this down. 960 1280

  

7. Sweet Martha's Cookies, Minnesota State Fair

7. Sweet Martha's Cookies, Minnesota State Fair

I think I remember Martha telling me that they make a million cookies every day of the fair. This is a fair must and one of those food experiences that cannot be accurately replicated at home, even if the dough is available for purchase in your grocer's freezer. Few things can beat piping-hot, messy chocolate-chip cookies served with an enormous glass of milk. Martha (yes, Sweet Martha is a real person), I adore you! 960 1280

  

6. Barbecue Chicken, Arizona State Fair

6. Barbecue Chicken, Arizona State Fair

I am a self-proclaimed BBQ snob and was pleasantly surprised at the caliber of 'cue at the Arizona State Fair. From drummies and ribs to sliders and pizza (that only kind of counts), I'm a fan. 960 1280

Shaiith  

5. Kiwanis Strawberry Malt, Minnesota State Fair

5. Kiwanis Strawberry Malt, Minnesota State Fair

There are a lot of great dairy items at the great Minnesota Get-Together. (Hello, we carve our fair princesses out of butter!) My favorite is the little stand run by the Kiwanis ladies adjacent to the Fine Arts Center. I have a hard time picking among chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, so I like to go with friends and order all 3. I’m not sure if this is actually the very best malt at the fair, but it’s been around since 1969, and I think some of the original folks are still employed. It's just a warm, fuzzy kind of place. 960 1280

  

4. The Original Deep-Fried Cheese Curds, Minnesota State Fair

4. The Original Deep-Fried Cheese Curds, Minnesota State Fair

All curds are not created equal. Trust me, I have tried them all. My go-to Minnesota State Fair cheese curd purveyor has got to be the Original. Look for the bright yellow sign with the long, fast-moving line. 960 1280

  

3. Navajo Tacos, Arizona State Fair

3. Navajo Tacos, Arizona State Fair

Think of this as a culinary lesson in cultural hybrids — traditional Navajo fry bread smothered in taco stuff, including ground beef, lettuce, cheese, beans and tomatoes. It's fantastic, and you can't really find it anywhere else. 960 1280

  

2. Gizmo, Iowa State Fair

2. Gizmo, Iowa State Fair

If I could pick only 1 state fair food, this would be it: ground beef and Italian sausage smothered in a secret sauce and seasonings, covered with melted mozzarella cheese and served on a delicious toasted Italian roll. It's like an Italian sandwich torpedo. I'm lucky enough that these guys hit both the Iowa and Minnesota state fairs, so sometimes I get to eat it twice a year. 960 1280

Jaimie Duplass  

1. About a Foot-Long Hot Dog, Minnesota State Fair

1. About a Foot-Long Hot Dog, Minnesota State Fair

I love the classics, and it just doesn't get better than this one. I think this stand has been at the fair since the Stone Age, and simply put, it does a hot dog better than anyone else. 960 1280

Henrik Freek  

Food Paradise: Pot Pie

Food Paradise: Pot Pie

Straight out of the oven, the pies are laid out on cooling racks at Pot Pie Paradise and Deli in Hayward, CA. 960 1280

  

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Locals flock to Pot Pie Paradise and Deli, a cozy little pot pie shop, to gobble up more than 500 of the savory sensations a week! 960 1280

  

Pleasant House Bakery in Chicago

Pleasant House Bakery in Chicago

The savory filling provided by Pleasant House Bakery in Chicago is sealed inside a pot of pastry, baked to a golden brown. 960 1280

  

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

If you're not in the mood for something exotic, Pot Pie Paradise and Deli also offers up the classic chicken pot pie. 960 1280

  

Lobster Pot Pie

Lobster Pot Pie

Located in Kennebunk, ME, the most sought-after of all the lobster-laden delights on Academe's menu is its famous pot pie. 960 1280

  

Royal Pies

Royal Pies

Chicago’s Pleasant House Bakery treats customers to flaky, buttery “Royal Pies.” These British-inspired, hearty dishes live up to their title; each is made by hand using the best meats (the owners butcher their own meat!) and quality produce (many of the vegetables used are grown in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood). 960 1280

  

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

The bowl at Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company is overloaded with freakishly large, whole button mushrooms, and drowned in a rich red sauce. 960 1280

  

Round-Abouts Restaurant

Round-Abouts Restaurant

Mother-and-son pot pie impresarios Nate and Bev Kellison opened Round-Abouts Restaurant in 2010, introducing the city of Lincoln, NE, to their unique brand of pot pie: the “Round.” 960 1280

  

Traveling Fare

Traveling Fare

The pies at Traveling Fare are so delicious that there's always a line of people waiting out the door. Even the mayor declared them the official pot pie of Marietta, GA. 960 1280

  

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Another one of Pot Pie Paradise and Deli’s signature pies is the Indian-inspired chicken tikka masala. 960 1280

  

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts maintains a sweet, small-town ambiance with a vintage flair. 960 1280

  

Academe’s Lobster Pot Pie

Academe’s Lobster Pot Pie

The waters here are overflowing with this succulent crustacean -- and so is Academe’s lobster pot pie. 960 1280

  

Kennebunk Inn in Maine

Kennebunk Inn in Maine

No place serves up New England flavor better than Academe at the Kennebunk Inn in Maine. 960 1280

  

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

The best thing about the chicken pie at the Centerville Pie Company is the gravy and the crust, full of chicken and extra deliciousness. 960 1280

  

Pleasant House Bakery

Pleasant House Bakery

Kale, mushrooms and chicken balti curry are among the daily offerings at Pleasant House Bakery. But the king of the Royal Pies on the menu is the steak and ale. 960 1280

  

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