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Healthy Fair Food at the State Fair of Texas

Posted by Sarah Cohen on Sep 10, 2015 3:10:39 PM

State Fair of Texas

Being a Texas transplant, I often have friends and family visit from out of state. They always ask, When is the best time to come? My answer is always October.

The weather is great, flights aren’t tooooo expensive, and the State Fair of Texas is in full swing. Talk about an experience! Amazing headlining bands, baby animals (I have two words for you: baby goats), car shows, Big Tex, and the most creative display of fried food you’ve ever seen. “If you’ve never been,” I tell them, “then we need to go!”

My first State Fair of Texas experience was in 2012, and I learned the hard way that while the smorgasboard of friend goodness is über delicious, it might be a bit too much for my tummy — and certainly for my health. A Fletcher’s corny dog, fried oreos, and fried tres leches cake might be a bit too much for one evening. In hindsight, balancing with one of the fair’s healthier food options might have been a good idea.

Yep, you read that right. The State Fair of Texas offers dozens of dining options that curb the calories, favor nutrition, and are definitely delicious. Here’s a look at the 2017 State Fair’s healthier fare* — and the list is longer than ever!  

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  1. Centennial Building

  • Chicken fajita or spinach quesadilla
    Where to find it: Lone Star Roadhouse
  1. Outside the Centennial Building at Grand Avenue

  • Rotisserie chicken
    Choice between white or dark meat
    Where to find it: Belgian Waffles, Grand Avenue

  • Spinach dip bites
    Choice between white or dark meat
    Where to find it: Belgian Waffles, Grand Avenue
  1. Cotton Bowl Plaza

  • Chicken quesadilla
    Where to find it: 
    Jack’s Frys Too!

  • Grilled chicken sandwich
    Where to find it: 
    Jack’s Frys Too!
  • Sweet potato fries
    Where to find it: 
    Jack’s Frys Too!
  • Taco salad
    Where to find it: 
    Jack’s Frys Too!
  1. Grand Avenue

  • Chicken flauta
    Where to find it: Mi Casita

  • Taco salad 
    Lettuce, ground beef, onions, guacamole, cheddar cheese, tortilla strips, sour cream, and homemade salsa
    Where to find it: Mi Casita
  1. Grand Place Building

  • Grilled chicken breast sandwich
    Where to find it: 
    Velasquez Catering & Concessions, Inc. 
  1. The Midway

  • Chicken quesadilla
    Where to find it: Texas Skillet
  • Skillet vegetarian burrito 
    Tortilla with potatoes, bell peppers, and onions sautéed on a cast-iron skillet
    Where to find it: Texas Skillet
  1. Tower Building

  • Black-eyed peas or pinto beans 
    Served with cornbread sticks 
    Where to find it: BW’s Famous Fried Ribs

  • Black-eyed pea soup 
    Vegetable stock with celery, onion, peas, and jalapeños; served with corn bread
    Where to find it: Bailey’s Deli

  • Chicken salad or tuna salad sandwich
    Where to find it: Highland Park Soda Fountain
  • Chef Salad
    Where to find it: Highland Park Soda Fountain
  • Creole sausage and seafood gumbo
    Where to find it: A Taste of New Orleans

  • Fresh fruit drinks 
    Choice of horchata, melon, lemon, tamarindo, watermelon, or pineapple
    Where to find it: Fruteria

  • Fruit cup 
    Fresh watermelon, honeydew, jicama, pineapple, and coconut, with a splash of lime juice and cayenne pepper
    Where to find it: Fruteria

  • Greek salad 
    Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese, and croutons
    Where to find it: It’s All Greek to Me

  • Grilled chicken wrap
    Where to find it: Scrumbscious Pies
  • Hummus with pita, celery, or carrots
    Where to find it: BW’s Famous Fried Ribs
  • Mango on a stick
    Where to find it: Fruteria

  • Red beans and rice
    Where to find it: A Taste of New Orleans

  • Roasted nuts
    Where to find it: BW’s Famous Fried Ribs

  • Scrumbscious salad 
    Spring mix with grilled chicken, grilled onions, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and blue cheese crumbles
    Where to find it: Scrumbscious Pies

  • Smoothies
    Where to find it: Fruteria
  1. The Midway

  • Roasted corn
    Freshly roasted on site; butter is optional.
    Where to find it: Darn Good Corn
  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

  • Grilled shrimp or chicken on a stick
    Where to find it: Doc’s Street Grill

  • Grilled wings
    Where to find it: Doc’s Street Grill

  • Stir fry chicken with fried rice
    Where to find it: Doc’s Street Grill

  • Smoothies
    Where to find it: Doc’s Street Grill

  • Fruit cup
    Where to find it: Doc’s Street Grill

  • Veggie pies
    Where to find it: Doc’s Street Grill

  • Caribbean pineapple Korn-a-Copia
    Where to find it: Doc’s Street Grill
  1. Fletcher’s locations

  • Turkey or veggie corny dog

 

*All offerings are subject to change. 

 


 

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Sarah Cohen
As the publication specialist/editor for Methodist Health System, Sarah Cohen enjoys getting to know our patients and telling their stories. She thrives on AP style and proper comma placement, and has been known to mentally edit the occasional billboard. Outside the office, you’ll find her on the tennis court, singing (pretty much anywhere), pursuing a certification in biblical studies though the University of Dallas, and perusing the photos of her adorable nephew on Facebook.

Topics: Events, Nutrition

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