Lucky for you (and me), I tasted all eight fried food finalists at the Big Tex Choice Awards official judging event. I photographed, reviewed, and ranked them all into this handy, single-image pocket guide, the "2014 Best Tasting Fried Foods at the 2014 State Fair of Texas":
It's super easy to read this guide: The photos are in order of most to least tasty, from left to right, top to bottom. The items in the first row were all "very delicious", the second row tasted "good", and the third row tasted "just okay". None of them were too disgusting to eat, but I didn't feel like wasting the calories to finish my samples of the third row.
You won't find this ranking in the state fair's guide book, so save this image, print it out, bookmark this blog page, or favorite my Tweet about it! Below you'll find my detailed reviews and large photos of each item as they were live-posted to my Facebook Page from the judging event.
The official food names, in order of tastiness pictured:
- Deep-fried Texas Bluebonnet
- Fried Sweet Texas
- Deep-fried Breakfast for Dinner
- Fried Sriracha Balls
- Original State Fair Brew – Funnel Cake Ale (official winner, "Most Creative")
- Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil (official winner, "Best Tasting")
- Chicken-Fried Loaded Baked Potato
- Twisted Texas Taco