By Anthony Siino
Fair food falls into two camps: the impractical and the insane. No matter what, you're hoping that your dip into the foodie freak show doesn't murder your gut like it did your wallet. Here are some treats to try during your State Fair adventures:
Bacon-Covered, Chocolate-Dipped New York Cheesecake, $8.50: This cake-on-a-stick is rife with crumbles of thin, salty bacon chunks under a thick shell of milk chocolate. First bite impresses with strong bacon overtones, but the saltiness soon overrides -- the bacon bits may as well have been peanuts. Don't buy if you can't share it with anyone. Find this treat at the Bacon Habit stand on the southeast end of the "Cool Zone," next to a Sacramento Bee stand.
Deep-Fried Moon Pie, $4: A classic banana-flavored Moon Pie, battered, fried and buried in powdered sugar. Surprisingly delicious, like moist marshmallow banana bread but somewhat mundane treat. I demand more "weird" from my fair food, but don't let that sway you from trying it if it sounds appealing. I found this one at the Sweet Cheeks stand on the east end of the Coca-Cola Main Promenade, next to the Super Bungee attraction.
Fat Darrel, $9.75: Take a hoagie roll, slather it with mayo, lay a bed of lettuce, tomato and French fries, then slap on your steak or chicken fingers and top with three fried mozzarella sticks. An all-American bargain at any price, this beast was easily cut in two and shared. Find a fat darrel at the unnamed stand at the west entrance of the Coca-Cola Promenade.
A daily schedule of the Fair offers adventures beyond wild fair food.