My fiancé, Thor, and I decided to embark on an eating adventure at the Wisconsin State Fair. It was hot. It was sweaty. And, we definitely were a hot mess. After Thor overcame his heatwave (of an attitude), we cooled down with a jumbo cup of old fashioned lemonade and started our eating adventure.
We divided the food into five categories: The Normal, The Weird, Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert
We kicked it off with a foot long corn dog. The corn dog is a state fair staple and it was a definite must.
The first stall we encountered upon our entry.
Look at how enthusiastic Thor is with that foot long corn dog.
Thoughts: It was delicious. If you like corn dogs, this is the one for you. I grew up having had my first corn dog handed to me from the lunch lady in elementary school. If I had a craving for it, I would have to buy the frozen pack. I particularly liked this corn dog because it was hot and fresh. When taking my first bite, I loved how I didn’t have to fight through the breading to get to the hot dog like your average frozen corn dog. The breading was crisp, warm, and an enjoyable thickness – not too thick and not too thin. The hot dog in the center was hot and tender. Everything about it was perfectly delicious.
We decided on fried Alligator Bites on a stick from Exotic Meat.
You can’t miss this neon green sign.
This is what $10 buys you.
Thoughts: When I first stepped up to the counter, they had one ready for the taking. Unfortunately, that didn’t impress me as there was no line and that also meant it was not freshly made. Upon taking my first bite, it was dry and overcooked (and perhaps, old?). I tasted more of the breading than the actual meat. Overall, the taste was bland. There were a couple sauces available: ketchup and ranch. I opted for ranch and it didn’t do it anything for the flavor. For a hot, hot, day, I would not recommend trying to swallow this. This stick cost $10. I was very disappointed.
For our appetizer, we decided on pepper jack fried mac ‘n cheese with bacon on a stick at Catfish.
Fried Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese with bacon on a stick.
Thoughts: I’ve had Catfish’s fried mac ‘n cheese on a stick last year. They’ve come out with a new cheese this year and I decided to try their new flavored mac ‘n cheese. My first bite into the first square was dry and old. I fed it to Thor for his thoughts, and it was the same reaction. You could choke on that thing. Taking a look into what I bit into, it was dry macaroni with no trace of gooey cheese. However, as we tried the other bites down the stick, the remaining batch seemed to taste fresher and less dry. So you could say we were given an old one that was probably mixed in with a fresh batch. Overall, there wasn’t much flavor. We could hardly taste the kick of the pepper jack and the bits of bacon weren’t enough to desire or miss. I could have gone with their original and not miss this one on their menu this year.
We decided on the Seafood Milano at Santa Lucia Mediterranean Grill. The Seafood Milano is made up of seafood, grilled veggies, and salad in a pita bread with tzatziki sauce.
Across from Exotic Meat, you will find this stand.
The Seafood Milano.
Yup, this is me.
Thoughts:First thing to note, I was already way full by the time it was time to eat this baby. Upon ordering, I noticed there was a lot of salad greens by the window that looked wilted and needed to be revived in the cool temperatures of a fridge. Thor did still insist on getting it, so we did. In Thor’s opinion, he could taste more pita bread, sauce, and greens than there was seafood. I think that was what disappointed my man. I, however, didn’t care much for it. I took a bite and that mess came spilling down my shirt and left a grease stain. I remember the taste of the sauce more so than anything else. It was creamy and didn’t have much flavor. Just think, cream. Unfortunately, there was a lack of crunch from the greens. The seafood, in my opinion, was a generous portion at the opening of the pita. I’m sure if you worked your way down, you’d find that it would not be the case. Overall, it wasn’t horrible. Though, I’m sure you can find something better to get your state fair food on. This was the last one on our list so I was pretty much done with the heat and food at this point.
I originally wanted to try the Churro sundae from The Mexican Grill. However, as the day went on in the hot weather, the idea of an overloaded sugary treat didn’t really seem to appeal to me. Instead, Thor and I opted for Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer Float for adults.
The Sprecher’s Tent
The Hard Root Beer Float
Thoughts: This root beer really hit the spot. The taste wasn’t unexpected. It tastes like your typical root beer float. I really enjoyed the fact that this root beer was spiked. Why didn’t they come up with this sooner? It had a creamy, blended finish after stirring the vanilla ice cream into the root beer. The drink was definitely savory, and I should also mention that it is worth sharing. I don’t think Thor or I would have been able to finish it alone. To be frank, we didn’t finish it at all. For a hot summer day, this is definitely a welcome treat for the adults.
Drumroll… and the winners are…
- Catfish’s Pepper Jack Fried Mac ‘n Cheese
- Foot long Corn Dog
- Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer Float
- Foot Long Corn Dog
- Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer Float
- Catfish’s Pepper Jack Fried Mac n’ Cheese
The top three were the same for both of us, but, in different order. We enjoyed our time there. Though, we most definitely welcomed the time to exit the hot premises. Unfortunately, we didn’t try much of the crazy food that I would have loved to see make the list. Perhaps, next year. If you decide to do the same, remember to bring loads of cash. As fun as this can be, trying all these fun foods can also make a dent in your wallet. Go prepared and have fun trying the foods that makes your state fair so remarkable.