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Mt. San Antonio College student Pricilla Hernandez of Covina said she attends the Fair frequently with her cousin to order her favorite meal: fried onion rings and zucchini with ranch dressing and lemonade from “Backyard Dog Village.” The Los Angeles County Fair is known for its variety of deep fried food, including a variety of fried vegetarian fare. / photo by Amanda Duvall

Liz Ortiz
Metro Editor

The Los Angeles County Fair offers its visitors a wide variety of carnival rides, games, shopping venues and most importantly, food.

One of the main reasons guests attend the fair is to indulge in the infamous fried foods and experience dining options from around the world. This year is no different, and the Fair has even added entrees to its seemingly limitless list of foods. Among the many food options, visitors must try the fried Oreos, frog legs, the Krispy Kreme triple cheeseburger and the cinnamon roll sundae.

“(The Fair) is the one time of year that people do not seem to be health conscious and are willing to eat whatever sounds appetizing to them at that moment,” Alana Martinez, a Hollywood resident, said. “I definitely take advantage of the opportunity and love to try the foods that can only be found at the fair.”

The fried Oreos can be found at various food booths throughout the fair, but Chicken Charlie’s is most known for serving them.

The Oreos are dipped in a pancake batter then deep-fried. They are then topped with powdered sugar, chocolate syrup and sprinkles.
Each order comes with three Oreos, which makes them the perfect sharing option.

No fair experience is complete without a bizarre food experience, and the frog legs serve as that option. It may seem unnatural, but they are actually quite flavorful. They taste similar to tilapia and go great with French fries. The combination is basically a less appealing version of fish n’ chips.

“I initially bought (the frog legs) as a dare, but I actually ended up liking them,” said Nick Garcia, a Santa Clarita resident. “It sounds cliché, but they kind of taste like chicken. People should give them a chance; they don’t taste as extreme as they sound.”

This year the Fair premiered the Krispy Kreme triple cheeseburger. The burger features three ground beef patties and cheese sandwiched between two Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.

Because of its size and the calories it contains, it has been coined “the most gluttonous burger,” by its creator Chicken Charlie’s.

“The food concepts that the Fair creates never cease to amaze me,” said Elizabeth Hong, an Apple Valley resident. “Every year they come out with something different, and it seems like no food combinations are off limits.”

The cinnamon roll sundae is the perfect fair dessert option. It features a generously portioned cinnamon roll topped with three scoops of ice cream and hot fudge.This is one dessert that is meant to be shared. Three people can share the dessert and they still may not be able to finish their portion.

The Fair and its food will be at the Fairplex until Sept. 28.

Liz Ortiz can be reached at elizabeth.ortiz@laverne.edu.

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