Fort Worth area restaurants serve up the flavor of the Texas State Fair

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A “Flag of Texas” waffle with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream at Our Place in Burleson.

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The State Fair spirit has come to Burleson, and the city’s unique local restaurants bring the flavor.

About twenty restaurants serve specials made with nerdy dogs, funnel cake, donuts and more, quite a “Best festival” tribute to fried foods presented 45 miles east at the State Fair of Texas.

You don’t have to go to Dallas to find Buffalo Truffle Fries. Or a fried PB&J. Or Fried Twinkies.

“It’s a fun competition,” said Otto Arslanovski of Our place, the home cooking café known to Interstate 35W travelers across Texas.

Our Place, 950 N. Burleson Blvd., serves a State Fair-themed breakfast.

It starts with a layer of cornbread with smoked jalapeno cheese sausages cooked inside.

It’s topped with scrambled eggs, smokier sausage, Texas chili, cheese, and jalapenos ($ 7.99).

“When we bake cornbread, the staff sometimes put sausages in theirs – it was never about the menu,” he said.

So he made Our Place entry to the “Burleson Best Fest,” a city promotion aimed at promoting restaurants in the city that are not part of a corporate chain.

Arslanovski has other favorites in the competition. (Residents can print a ballot and vote.)

Of american festivities, a contemporary grill bar at 279 W. Hidden Creek Parkway, he loves the sweet and spicy pulled pork funnel cake.

Old Modern Cafe chief Denise Chavandy is in his first year at American Revelry. She adds herbs and shallots to a typical funnel cake, then covers it with pork, barbecue sauce, corn relish, cilantro cream and queso fresco.

“It’s a fun and tasty version of the funnel cake,” Shavandy said.

Arslanovski and Shavandy are both independent restaurateurs in a town known for its endless row of chain restaurants.

It helps Burleson Old Town and the whole town if residents discover unique local cuisine. Therefore the “Best Fest” promotes “Discover new flavors.”

Shavandy also praised the idea of Strong birdBuffalo fries with truffle, Dough Boy Donuts” Caramel-Apple-Cream Cheese French Toast Fritters and Lone Star Bar & Grill‘s fried marinated okra.

Arslanovki mentioned another favorite: the cookies at Murry Bakery made from Big Red, a popular soft drink from Texas.

Other specials include nerdy dogs at Grunt Burgers and also to The rim, Fried Twinkies at Spice rack, strawberry-cajeta churros Frescoes and a Turkey-Swiss-American Monte Cristo sandwich “Big Tex” at Ol ‘South Pancake House.

Voting continues until September 30, but some restaurants may continue promotions later. More than burlesontx.com.

This story was originally published September 20, 2021 at 5.45 am.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and went on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 sessions of the Texas Legislature. Since 1985, he has also written over 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns on restaurants, dining and food in Texas.



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