New tastes, old favorites at the Los Angeles County Fair

The Los Angeles County Fair opened Friday (August 30)…and you know what that means.

Fair food!

Media folks were treated to a food preview on Wednesday, and we got a small sampling of what to expect at this year’s fair.

Harold & Belle’s to Geaux: The longtime Los Angeles creole restaurant is celebrating its fourth year at the fair. I sampled a delicious and spicy crawfish etouffée.

Tasti Chips: The venerable fresh potato chip stand is back with chips, chips and more chips. You can get them plain, with cheese sauce or — new this year — “dirty” with chipotle barbecue beef, cheese, tomatoes and green onions.

Ten Pound Buns: After spying these beauties for several years, I got my first taste of the topped sourdough bread. Varieties include pepperoni, buffalo chicken and bacon Nutella.

Monster Grill: Serves up sausages, hot dogs, corn dogs, fries and curly fries. I had a delicious and flavorful junior corn dog. Yum!

Fresh Frys: Serving blooming onions, fries and “yammies.”

Texas Style BBQ: This stand had an amazing looking (I didn’t try it, but I heard it was good) beef brisket “sundae,” with mashed potato ice cream, sliced brisket and barbecue sauce topping, all topped with a cherry tomato.

Cornucopia Café: When it’s hot at the fair, like it was Wednesday, you need something to cool off with, and Cornucopia has a trio of smoothies and a variety of iced and blended coffee drinks to cool you down. They also sell cinnamon rolls, soft pretzels and other snacks.

Chicken Charlie’s: It seems like “Chicken” Charlie Boghosian never stops thinking of new things to fry, grill or stuff between a pair of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. This year’s new items include waffle dogs, “Totally Fried” bacon-wrapped pickles, waffle dogs and a Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe, which tastes much better than it sounds. Plus…the “Totally Fried” Twinkie is back!

As you know, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fair food. Go, have a good time, and find your favorites!

For another take on our fair food preview, check out this article from my pals Linda Gold and Michelle Mills from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.