The last weekend of the fair is upon us. I've complied a list of the various foods I've tried over the past week. I hope this helps you to decide what foods to try before the fair packs it all up until next year.
(Don't forget to check out the food recommendations I made in earlier posts, too!)
If you want barbecue at the Clay County Fair, look no farther than Oak Tree Bar-B-Que. There are two stands located near the main entrance of U.S. Cellular Grandstands.
I had the ribs. For $8, you get a good portion size and they are so good. I recommend topping the ribs off with the barbecue sauce provided. It just makes it even better.
Other menu items Oak Tree offers include pulled pork sandwiches, pulled turkey sandwiches, Philly steak, pork chop on a stick, steak sandwiches, deep fried pickles and sweet corn nuggets.
Gyros sounds like "year-ohs"
I don't know about you, but I love the seasoning they use on the lamb in gyros. If a place offers gyros, I just got to have one.
It was fresh and the meat was moist. Sometimes I have purchased a gyro and the lamb was dry, which is not good.
If you don't like onions, make sure to let whoever is topping your gyro know. They like to pile the onions on thick, which was alright by me because I love onions.
If lamb isn't your thing, the two blue and white stands with the big "Gyros" sign also serve chicken in a pita.
Are you a pork lover? Then saddle up and get yourself a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin sandwich. It's pork wrapped around more pork!
I do not recommend this extra large sandwich to anyone who eats like a bird though. This is like the Loch Ness Burger; you'll need a monster of an appetite to finish it. Or you can split it with a friend, because it is like eating two sandwiches.
You can find this whopper of a sandwich on food row in any of the red and yellow vendor stands that advertise the half-pound tenderloin.
If you want a change of pace from the deep-fat-fried food that fairs are known for, check out the Steak Tips and Pork Tips food vendor on the east end of the grandstands.
It's good old-fashioned home cooking right at the fair. Just like mom use to make. You can get steak or pork tips, a side of mashed potatoes and a side of green beans for $9.50. That is not bad for a meal that includes steak.
Not to mention it is probably one of the only outside food vendors that sells a vegetable that isn't a deep-fried pickle.
Find a nice warm place to enjoy this meal. I made the mistake of eating outside, and the wind made my meal cold before I was halfway done. Don't let it happen to you!
Try everything at least once
Please, let me introduce you one of my new Clay Count Fair favorites: poutine! It's an interesting food combination with an even more interesting and funny name.
If you don't know what poutine is, it's a Canadian dish of french fries covered in a mixture of gravy and cheese curds. I had my reservations about it, too, but you should try everything at least once.
I was pleasantly surprised at the very first bite. It kind of reminds me of a KFC Famous Bowl (if you've ever had one of those) minus the chicken and made french fries instead of mashed potatoes.
I think it's the gravy that really makes this dish. It's how all gravy should taste!
If you try one new food this year at the Clay County Fair, make it poutine. You can't miss it either. Look for the vendor decked out with the Canadian flag and Bullwinkle dressed as a Mountie.