The State Fair of Texas season is upon us, but you don’t have to venture far from our neighborhood for gourmet fair food. Case in point: Purple Cow.

“I think a lot of people don’t cook fried food at home,” owner Vicki Bell says. “It’s something that’s kind of different, something that’s a treat every once in a while.”

Aside from its regular menu items of burgers, dogs and shakes, Purple Cow rolls out a state fair-themed menu, which includes indulgent dishes such as the blue cheese fried hot dog, fried grilled cheese, fried banana pudding and fried pies, just to name a few.

Blue cheese bacon-fried hot dog. Photo by Molly Dickson

Although it may not be the healthiest choice, the food is still made the old-fashioned way with real ingredients, Bell says. Plus, there’s a culinary explanation for why fried food is so darn good.

“It does seal the moisture on a lot of food and makes it very, very fresh. So, it’s nice. Fried food is awesome.”

Purple Cow
6025 Royal, Suite 110

Three more spots for fair food

1 Bubba Cook’s Country
Hailed as the “mama” of Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, Bubba Cook’s in Snider Plaza has plenty of fried comfort food to satisfy fair-goers, from chicken fried steak to apricot fried pies.
6617 Hillcrest

2 Flying Fish
For a seafood kick, Flying Fish has fried everything, plus fried zucchini, jalapeño chips and crispy fried salads.
6126 Luther

3 P.D. Johnson’s Dog Day Deli
This neighborhood deli has more than pastrami. Stop by for the Top Dog, a 10-inch-long chili cheese dog with onions and mustard. Or try the Sour Dog with sauerkraut.
6026 Luther

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