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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Sweet cinnamon sticky buns are perfect with pecans on top. 960 1280

  

Cooked in a vat of bubbling oil, these french fries are a true indulgence. 960 1280

  

Fill up with a plate of tasty spaghetti served with tomato sauce and flecks of fresh basil. 960 1280

  

The only thing that can improve on a tasty slice of rich New York cheesecake is a gooey topping of sweet cherries. 960 1280

  

This burger is an all-American favorite, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, special sauce and, of course, bacon. 960 1280

  

Don't just dismiss mac and cheese as kids' food; the luscious, creamy goodness tempts adult palates, too. 960 1280

  

The crisp green beans and burst cherry tomatoes look tasty, but the star on this plate is the mouthwatering steak. 960 1280

  

Who needs a plain doughnut when you can enjoy one topped with creamy icing and colorful sprinkles? 960 1280

  

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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

  

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black bean soup

black bean soup

Year-round, but especially during the cold winter months, black bean soup is a must. El Azteca in Fort Wayne, IN, has been called “one of the best.” And when available as the soup of the day, we’d recommend Shanty Grille in Ellicott City, MD, and Back Porch restaurant on Ocracoke Island, NC. 960 1280

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butternut squash soup

butternut squash soup

A spicy, hearty and creamy butternut squash soup is always good. Next time you’re in Park City, UT, whether visiting family and friends, attending the Sundance Film Festival or having a ski adventure, hop over to Good Karma for their butternut squash soup. 960 1280

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minestrone soup

minestrone soup

A classic: minestrone soup. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones traveling to Indianapolis for the 2012 Super Bowl, head over to Iaria’s Italian Restaurant. Their traditional pasta dinners are all served with homemade minestrone soup and garden salad. 960 1280

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pumpkin soup

pumpkin soup

As soon as October is over, everyone’s mind jumps to Thanksgiving. And on a cold fall night, what better way to cap it off than with pumpkin soup? Next time you’re in Portland, OR, head over to The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar where they serve a 4-course feast during Thanksgiving, which includes pumpkin soup as the starter. 960 1280

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beef stew

beef stew

New England is no stranger to cold winter months, and when we need to warm up with a cup or bowl of beef stew, we head over to the New England Soup Factory in Brookline and Newton, MA. 960 1280

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meatball

meatball

Mmm… mamma mia! We love Italian meatball soup, especially made by Italians. Outside of Buffalo, NY, is Ilio DiPaolo’s. The DiPaolo family has been serving its customers authentic Italian cuisine since 1965. Buon appetito! 960 1280

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White bean soup

White bean soup

White bean soup is another classic, and Little Havana in NYC serves their soup with spicy Spanish chorizos. 960 1280

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gumbo stew

gumbo stew

Some would say that a trip to New Orleans isn’t complete until you’ve had gumbo and visited Cochon restaurant -- and they happen to make a mean gumbo. Delicious! 960 1280

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gazpacho

gazpacho

On warm days a classic gazpacho is almost necessary. In the city of brotherly love -- Philadelphia -- the authentic Spanish tapas restaurant Amada serves the tomato-based soup. 960 1280

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chicken noodle soup

chicken noodle soup

Who doesn’t love chicken noodle soup? Get this … Asian restaurants have reportedly perfected the art of making free-range chicken noodle soup (pho ga). So the next time you’re in San Francisco, head over to Hai Ky Mi Gia and try their take on chicken noodle soup. 960 1280

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tomato soup

tomato soup

A delicious tomato soup is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. At Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles, they serve a delicious and hearty tomato soup. And the best part is, their organic produce is provided by local farmers. 960 1280

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shrimp creole

shrimp creole

To get an authentic taste of New Orleans’ cuisine, in this case shrimp Creole, you don’t always have to visit the Big Easy. If you happen to be in Las Vegas, head over to Lola’s where the atmosphere is "100 percent New Orleans." 960 1280

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Chicken Tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla soup

Need some spice in your life? What about this delicious chicken tortilla soup. In Austin, TX, Mesa Rosa is a favorite when craving the rich chicken stock with chunks of celery, carrots, corn and chicken garnished with avocado and Monterey Jack cheese. 960 1280

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potato bacon soup

potato bacon soup

Craving comfort food? You can’t go wrong with this rich and creamy potato bacon soup. At Conor O’Neills, order their take on the tradition with their potato leek soup, served with homemade Irish soda bread and butter. Conor’s has 2 locations: Ann Arbor, MI, and Boulder, CO. 960 1280

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cheddar brocolli soup

cheddar brocolli soup

Our final soup classic is broccoli and cheese. Everything tastes better with cheese, don’t you think? With 6 locations in Texas, Hoffbrau Steaks serves a creamy broccoli cheese jalapeno soup. Mmm … 960 1280

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chili

chili

Whether it’s served with or without beans, chili warms the heart and belly. Another American classic restaurant is Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington, DC, institution since 1958. The beef-filled, house-made chili sauce is delicious by itself or served as a decadent french-fry topping. 960 1280

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chowder

chowder

For a classic New England clam chowder, visit an American classic -- Union Oyster House in Boston -- America’s oldest restaurant, established in 1826. 960 1280

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Cattleman's Steakhouse, Fabens, Texas

Cattleman's Steakhouse, Fabens, Texas

For men with a caveman-sized appetite for slow-cooked meat on the bone, Cattleman’s smokes up massive half-cow racks of beef ribs. 960 1280

  

Cattleman's Steakhouse, Fabens, Texas

Cattleman's Steakhouse, Fabens, Texas

If you’re looking for a restaurant where you can chow down on a man-sized meal, reaffirm your place at the top of the food chain at Cattleman’s Steakhouse in West Texas. 960 1280

  

Incanto, San Francisco, California

Incanto, San Francisco, California

One of Incanto's more popular dishes is the bone marrow and beef tongue plate. If you’re lucky enough to visit when it’s on the “odds and ends” board, you will not be disappointed with your order. 960 1280

  

Mabel's Lobster Claw, Kennebunkport, Maine

Mabel's Lobster Claw, Kennebunkport, Maine

With its giant portions of protein fresh from the ocean, unpretentious surroundings and burly fishermen unloading their catch just steps away from the front door, Mabel’s reeks of deep-sea testosterone. 960 1280

  

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

When you visit Oklahoma Joe's, make sure you’re hungry, because they have a variety of dishes that will leave you more than satisfied. 960 1280

  

Snake River Brewing Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Snake River Brewing Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

In Jackson Hole, WY, there are mountain bike trails, ski slopes and hiking trails, and they all tend to lead right here to the Snake River Brewing Company. 960 1280

  

Snake River Brewing Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Snake River Brewing Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Find a no-bull attitude and great grub -- including a meaty original that makes real men weak in the knees -- at the Snake River Brewing Company in Jackson Hole, WY. 960 1280

  

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

Not only do guys want great food in a barbecue joint, but they also want an atmosphere where the guy you're sitting elbow-to-elbow with will grunt in appreciation when you fill your plate with brisket. 960 1280

  

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

Oklahoma Joe's is considered one of the manliest barbecue joints around because of the quality of their food and the juiciness of their meat. You just can't beat it. 960 1280

  

Burt's Place, Chicago, Illinois

Burt's Place, Chicago, Illinois

Every thick, doughy pie that comes out of Burt’s Place in Chicago is a paragon of freshness: light on cheese and heavy on char marks from the signature cast-iron pans — and every bit as soft underneath as Burt himself. 960 1280

  

Burt's Place, Chicago, Illinois

Burt's Place, Chicago, Illinois

The reason why the pizzas of Burt’s Place are so awesome and so manly is because he uses cast-iron pans that have been around probably as long as his beard has been. 960 1280

  

Hankook Taqueria, Atlanta, Georgia

Hankook Taqueria, Atlanta, Georgia

These Korean BBQ tacos excite even the manliest of men. Pick any protein – from chicken and pork to shrimp and tofu – and Hankook’s will pile it on. 960 1280

  

Hankook Taqueria, Atlanta, Georgia

Hankook Taqueria, Atlanta, Georgia

Hankook Taqueria is a no-frills restaurant. Customers come in knowing they’re getting great food at a great price and that they’ll never leave hungry. 960 1280

  

Katz's Delicatessen, New York, New York

Katz's Delicatessen, New York, New York

Katz’s is a New York institution, and it’s the place to go when you want New York-style soul food. 960 1280

  

Katz's Delicatessen, New York, New York

Katz's Delicatessen, New York, New York

Katz's is the Mecca of pastrami sandwiches. There are a lot of places that try to copy them, and there’s a good reason for that. 960 1280

  

Mabel's Lobster Claw, Kennebunkport, Maine

Mabel's Lobster Claw, Kennebunkport, Maine

Mabel's Lobster Claw prepares around 2,000 to 3,000 Lobster Savannahs a year. 960 1280

  

Gene's Sausage Shop, Chicago

Gene's Sausage Shop, Chicago

Gene’s Sausage is a European market that specializes in 40 different varieties of smoked meats and sausages. 960 1280

  

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

These legendary links spend 40 minutes in the oven before they’re dropped into a red sauce made with fresh tomatoes, fennel seed and a secret mix of spices known only to the restaurant’s chef-owner Francesco Buffa. 960 1280

  

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn is home to one of the oldest, most venerable sausage specialists in the country -- Ferdinando’s Focacceria. 960 1280

  

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Many customers stop by the Southside butcher counter to take home some of the finest sausage that Texas has to offer. 960 1280

  

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Elgin, TX, is known for just one thing -- sausage. Elgin sausage is so sensational that it’s sold all over America, but the best is still served at the oldest barbecue joint in the Lone Star State: Southside Market. 960 1280

  

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Sweet peppers and onions are a welcome topping to an already succulent Wurstkuche sausage. 960 1280

  

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche restaurant custom-designs 20 sausages, including classics such as Bockwurst, Hot Italian and even Vegetarian varieties. 960 1280

  

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

The Polish Village cooks its succulent sausage in beer sauce. 960 1280

  

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

The cooks at the Polish Village come straight from Poland or learned their craft from someone who did. 960 1280

  

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Like everything else on chef Robert Stehling’s menu, the star of this party is prepared from scratch, using only fresh, locally farmed ingredients. 960 1280

  

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill opened in 1996 as a Southern neighborhood restaurant in a great Southern neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR

The bangers at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR, offer a trip to England without the passport. 960 1280

  

Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

For those who prefer their pig in a blanket, the Horse Brass also serves up a banger sausage roll. 960 1280

  

Old German Beer Hall, Milwaukee

Old German Beer Hall, Milwaukee

The sausage that owner Hans Weissgerber serves up is much the same as what’s been served in Germany for over 500 years. 960 1280

  


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