Many people will flock to Dallas this weekend to witness the 2014 edition of the Red River Rivalry, but even more will come for the food.
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Fried Texas Bluebonnet
It mostly just tastes like a blueberry muffin from a store-bought mix, but frying it adds a little bit of moisture. The white chocolate chips and blueberries add a little extra flavor, highlighted by the tartness from the berries.
Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil
Upon first bite, a shrimp boil soup of sorts spills out. Sure enough, it tastes like a spicy shrimp boil. You'll get the big hunk of shrimp with little shredded pieces of shrimp inside, as well as potatoes, corn and cajun spices.
My skepticism was validated upon first bite. The fried coating is sprinkled with a barbecue rub that gives it good flavor, but the meat was tough and rubbery, likely from the frying process. The onion rings that came with the meal were satisfactory, but you'd need a steak knife to cut the brisket.
Fried Milk and Cookies
It was disgusting. The gummy "custard" looked like chunky, spoiled milk, had no taste and hardly any sweetness. As for the cookies? They were as plentiful as a Kansas football road win.
Fried Sweet Texas
It was the best thing either of us ate all day. The flavors meld together inside a perfectly flaky, buttery crust. The buttermilk pie and pecan pie sort of just taste like sugar and caramel, but you get periodic bursts of fruit when you bite into a peach from the cobbler.
The Polynesian Pops were one of my most anticipated new foods and got major points for presentation. However, the first bite revealed chicken that was overcooked and dry, and the sauce, while appearing appetizing, was too heavy on the soy sauce and the teriyaki-inspired flavor was too heavy on salt and too light on sugar.
Fried Breakfast for Dinner
I couldn't believe how much I loved it. The eggs and meat dominate the flavor, but stringy bits of melted cheese that spill out when you take a bite are a welcome sight. It was the best savory offering I sampled all day.
Fried Sweet Tea
The sweet tea syrup on top made it a little too sweet for me, but I was surprised at how much lemon flavor showed up in the dessert. The inside of the fried custard was cold, but I didn't get enough tea taste. It was closer to the taste and consistency of a lemon bar, but the crunch of the graham cracker crust added some much-needed texture.
Chicken Fried Loaded Baked Potato
The potatoes were a little dry, perhaps from being fried. More cheese would have helped. Considering it's also got a little spicy kick, you can't get through this dish without a drink nearby. You're also given a cup of ranch to dip it in, but I would have preferred straight sour cream. It's not even an option.
Hot Soul Cake
Supposedly there is chicken inside a vanilla cupcake that is dipped in waffle batter and fried, but it was pretty nonexistent when we broke open the cake with a fork. It mostly tastes like a store-bought cupcake with some crunch.
Biscuit Fries with Chocolate Gravy
They were exactly what you'd expect: Fried strips of biscuit dough and a chocolate gravy to dip them in. The "gravy" is basically just lukewarm chocolate pudding that has inexplicable spice we both found unpleasant.
Biscuit Fries with Chocolate Gravy
They were exactly what you'd expect: Fried strips of biscuit dough and a chocolate gravy to dip them in. The gravy is basically just lukewarm chocolate pudding that has inexplicable spice we both found unpleasant.
Fried Chocolate Maple Bacon Amazeballz
When you've got the words "bacon, fried, maple and chocolate" in your name, you're promising big flavor. These did not deliver.