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2009 San Diego County Fair

Cheese Curds
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Ready or not, here it comes. The 2009 San Diego County Fair with all its pageantry, livestock, stomach turning rides and, best of all, fair food. The great thing about the fair is that you can leave all pretention behind. There is no sitting in a restaurant and “ordering something healthy”. Get over that now. The “fare” at the “fair” (sorry had to say that one more time) is all about indulging in delights of, well, fair grub.

If you’ve been to the fair (and if you have not…you must go) you know there are a bounty of booths and kiosks ready to tempt you with delights you never thought possible. Mind you, there are far too many opportunities for gluttony, so we will do our best to steer you to the best of the best. So enter the Midway, be prepared for anything and let the games begin.

First up, and new to the fair this year, are Cheese Curds. We are talking deep fried (we will now use DF to designate something as deep fried, with it being the most frequently used descriptor in this missive) white cheddar cheese, breaded and delivered in random curly shapes and sizes. These babies’s were oozing with cheesy brilliance. Accompanying them in decadence are the DF Zucchini and onions with a raucously crunchy exterior. Can this be considered as eating your veggies? Not when drenched in the accompanying tartar sauce.

Grilled Corn on the Cob
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Across the way is the deliciously grilled corn on the cob and feisty cheese stuffed chili peppers. How are they able to make corn taste so incredible? Add butter and salt, let the taste meld and prepare for your taste buds to be kicked into high gear with the spicy, hot chili pepper with molten cotija cheese. Make sure to have some water standing by. Also not to be missed are Buffalo potato wedges reminiscent of baked potato with blue cheese and chives, all on an easy to carry wedge. Great… make it easy to have that one.

Next up, waddle on over to the “Good ‘Ol Burgers & Fries” stand where delicious, juicy burgers await. Now there is no way to compare anything to an In-N-Out burger but man these were pretty dang close. Tasty little buggers they are!

DF smores
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Next up is the coup de grace (or way-delicous), the ever inspiring “Chicken Charlies”. This is DF heaven and you may want to visit Charlie and just go home. New to this year’s festivities are the DF Smores, and the DF Zucchini Weenie. The DF smores are OMG, unbelievable! Sweet, gooey, crunchy, decadent. One of the most satisfying desserts ever. The zucchini-weenies were an interesting blend of texture and flavor. Odd and yummy at the same time. Another new “menu” item is the chocolate dipped bacon. Yeah, we know everything tastes good with bacon but it still seemed rather unusual. Try it… we did and it was rather interesting. Hey there is some one out there that took the first bite of a snail huh? There are also traditional DF stuff like Oreos, Twinkies, chicken-Krispy Kreme sandwich (scrumptious), DF White Castles (double scrumptious), chicken & waffles and, yes, DF Frog Legs.

Down the way is Tasti Chips which are fresh homemade potato chips slathered in toppings like bacon and cheese. Who knew chips could taste so good? The Mile High Hot Dog stand delivered just that – super sized hot dogs that were satisfying, yet a little lacking in a variety of condiments.

We nibbled on delightful Indian Fry Bread, crunchy hand size pieces that offered several choices of toppings from sweet to salty, like cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, garlic butter, parmesan cheese or even pesto! Pass on this one if you’re full, but worth a quick bite. The Caramel Apple Tower stand satiated our sweet tooth with a cup full of love including thick, oozing caramel, whipped cream, hot fudge and ice cream. Not to die for, but a nice change from savory to sweet after DF overload. Looking for pizza-on-a-stick? Look no further than Pap Gino’s Pizza offering regular pizza and cheesy bread. The pizza show-stopper for us was Pats Pizza Palace. If you’re going to get pizza, this is the place to go. Lots of flavor, bursting with oregano. Such a cut above the rest.

Looking for some protein? Look no further than Austianos Italian Grill serving incredible polish and Italian sausage (you will go back for more), and salicioulsy delectable meat balls. The Roast Beef Sandwich stand cooks burgers, chili cheese fries, and of course, some killer roast and BBQ beef sandwiches. Gotta love it. We finished the evening with a sinful cinnamon roll from the Hot Cinnamon Rolls kiosk. Order them with cream cheese, frosting or walnuts. Warm, messy and just like the old days before we knew better.

If all of this isn’t enough, June 26 and 27 is the 3rd Annual San Diego International Beer festival with unlimited tasting over 300 beers for a nominal fee! Please call a cab.

The reason everyone loves the fair is without a doubt the food and the guiltless nature we allow ourselves to indulge while there. Not to mention the ride nicknamed the “barf-n-ator” Hey, it’s like a mini vacation when you’re there so it’s okay. That said, the 2009 Del Mar Fair will not let you down with all of the unique, sweet, savory, interesting items at your disposal. Enjoy!

The good – Deep fried food….deep fried food…..deep fried food….

The bad – Deep fried food…deep fried food……deep fried food….


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  • City: Del Mar
  • Phone: 858-755-1161
  • Name: 2009 San Diego County Fair
  • Address: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd