When it comes to outrageous eats, nothing beats the South Florida Fair. Not much can top the crazy -- and often downright disgusting -- choices in food.
Luckily, the 2015 fair fare is no different. Every year, the annual two-week carnival debuts a new menu item aimed at upping the ante on the previous year's shocking selections. This time around, it seems to be something we can all enjoy -- and possibly stomach.
It's nothing like the fried Oreos, candy bars, and butter you've grown used to seeing. It's better than the deep-fried Kool-Aid balls that made headlines a few years ago. And it's more exciting than the chocolate covered scorpions and maggot burgers that stole the show in 2011 at Jungle George's Exotic Meats.
This year, Larry Sivori -- a South Florida Fair food vendor for more than 35 years -- has returned with a new and improved take on his famous Krispy Kreme donut burger.
Sivori is putting the spotlight on a new item he's calling the "Philly Cheese Steak Donut Burger." And it's just you'd expect: authentic Philly steak meat (aka shaved rib-eye) paired with a fresh (never frozen) burger, and topped with two different cheeses, grilled green peppers, and grilled onions. Then, all that meaty-cheesy-grilled-veggie goodness is stuffed between two Krispy Kreme donuts for the ultimate fair food find of 2015.
If you don't think this sandwich is worth the heart burn to come, another vendor known as Angela's will be featuring giant mozzarella cheese sticks -- four ounces of cheese on a stick dipped in batter and rolled in breadcrumbs, then deep-fried.
Chicken and waffle lovers will head straight for Bianco's Foods, which will have a chicken and waffle stand serving the dish, as well as waffle hot dogs and bird dogs (a toasted hot dog bun layered with crumbled bacon, fried chicken tenders, cheese, and topped off with honey mustard).
Looking for something more authentic? Hot Wisconsin Cheese isn't offering any gimmicks -- but the vendor's cheeses all come from small cheese factories in Wisconsin, each made specifically for the vendor. Everything is fresh and natural, and nothing is frozen or pre-made. Each day they hand-cut the 40-pound blocks of cheese in front of the customers as part of their preparation. Additionally, most of their complimentary sauces are hand made, all products that can only be found at the South Florida Fair.
The South Florida Fair runs through February 1 at the fairgrounds located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach. Tickets are on sale at all Palm Beach County Publix supermarkets. Call 561-793-0333, or visit southfloridafair.com.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.
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