Winners of the 2022 Texas State Fair Big Tex Choice Awards

The Fried Charcuterie Board, designed and executed by Tami Nevins-Mayes and Josey Mayes of Nevins’ Concessions (and the A&E Series Fried Dynasty), is the fried dish at the State Fair Eater Dallas that has puzzled the most. Now it’s the winner of the Big Tex Choice Award for Best Taste – Savory. So now we’re all going to have to try it out to see what happens.

If you missed previous reports, this fried masterpiece is made with fresh mozzarella, salami and crisp green apples tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Italian herbs. The whole thing is wrapped in a wonton wrapper and fried, then topped with goat cheese and a drizzle of hot honey.

Other winners include Chris Easter and Nicole Sterne’s Peanut Butter Paradise, constructed from a deep-fried honey bun injected with caramel and topped with peanut butter. It’s finished with Reese’s Chunks, Crushed Butter Crumbs, Peanut Butter Cups, Drizzled Toffee, and Powdered Sugar. For the record, we were still in the bag to try this one and luckily it took Best Taste — Sweet.

Peanut butter heaven.
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And for the most creative, the winner is the Garza family’s Cha-Cha Chata, a horchata milkshake served with a churro straw. Obviously an instant classic.

The Texas State Fair opens on September 30.

The Whippersnapper on Henderson Ave. turned into Whipperfell, a bit of Westeros that no one knew existed and will exist until October 15. eat a Dothraki Burger or Little Fingers & Dragon Eggs (ed.: ew), and, of course, have yourself a picture on the Iron Throne (or something very similar).

This pop-up is open Wednesday through Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

If you found yourself in London around the early 2010s, you’ve probably experienced the Wagamama phenomenon firsthand. Now, the casual international Asian-fusion restaurant is opening its first Texas outpost in Dallas, in The Link at Uptown.

Diners can order ramen bowls, noodle and rice dishes, as well as curries and salads inspired by Japanese, South Korean and Vietnamese cuisines. The lease has just been signed, so it could be a hot minute before it opens.

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