State Fair of Texas – Year 3!

This is my third October living in Dallas, which means that this is the third year I’ve gone to the State Fair of Texas and it still has yet to disappoint!!! Some people don’t think it’s that special or that great… and I think that THOSE people aren’t special or great… Ok, obviously I’m kidding, but I just don’t understand how people aren’t fascinated and wowed by the fair! A coworker went the other day to check it out for the first time, and he was not impressed. At all. “Ummm it was fine, but Big Tex was a lot smaller than I expected.” So sad for him. Big Tex is amazing.

I’ve been to the fair TWICE this week! I took Monday off work and took my parents and I think they loved it!! It was SO HOT (96 degrees…) but there was a great breeze. We rode the Texas Star Ferris wheel, I got my FAVORITE frozen sweet tea, we walked all over, saw a lot of the shopping pavilions (they were fascinated by all of the mattress for sale EVERYWHERE), and we tried some delicious food. The big winner and dish to try this year is a bacon queso burger with funnel cakes for the buns. We split it between the 3 of us and it was actually kind of good! The flavors melded together really well and it was totally worth trying! We also split dessert, and we tried the fried Texas sheet cake, and whoa that was REALLY good. Highly recommend.

The most recent trip to the fair was Friday after work. I went with friends from work and it is so convenient that we could just leave the office and take the train to the fair. It’s so much different going at night! Everything is lit up so bright and the mood definitely changes. This time around I had a Fletcher’s corny dog, I tried a little bit of fried chicken noodle on a stick, and split another fried Texas sheet cake with a few friends! We just walked around together, ate food, saw Big Tex, and looked at all the cars in the air-conditioned auto show rooms. 

I plan on going back a few more times this season (joys of getting the season pass) and I already can’t wait to go back! A few friends and I will go for lunch next week and I’m already planning out what food I want to try… I’m hoping to find the fried bacon wrapped mozzarella because that sounds like exactly the sort of thing you should have for lunch on a Thursday…. haha.

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Dallas Spotlight: Yolk

One of my biggest complaints about Dallas when I first moved here was that I could NOT find a solid place to get brunch! I had tried quite a few (I even went on Yelp and looked at the top ones listed) and I was just disappointed every time. They were either too fancy (aka expensive) or too “unique” like they were trying too hard (aka expensive) or the food was just plain not good. Also, another thing that was weird was I kept finding restaurants that would offer weekend brunch but probably shouldn’t… Like, a Mexican restaurant with a not Mexican weekend brunch buffet. Just, no.

I think I got spoiled in St. Louis, where I had multiple GREAT brunch options ridiculously close to my apartment. (Seriously, they were all so good…) But after a rough 2 years of searching, I have finally started to find a few places that I would actually go back to. One of them, Yolk, I just tried for the first time on Sunday and y’all – it was SO GOOD!

It’s a restaurant that originally came from Chicago, but there are 2 locations here in Dallas. The menu is HUGE! It was actually a little overwhelming just how many options there are – my friend and I took a long time to decide on what we actually wanted. (I ended up getting the Yolk All-Star Combo shown on the menu above – two eggs, sausage, bacon, AND french toast? For $11?!?! Yes, please!)

I will admit, the rest of the menu was pretty pricey (one of the reasons I did pick the meal I did was because it was one of the less expensive options…) but, also, I don’t think it was more expensive than your typical brunch place.

I’m definitely going to go back again, probably soon! They have cinnamon roll french toast on their menu, and I’m definitely going to need to try that… ASAP.