The taste testing also revealed some surprises. An entry that caused quite a bit of chatter were the Horny Toads (fried pimento cheese balls) in the Savory Category, entered by Paw Paw's Sweet Shop and Café. Mayor Lemay shared with the businesses that he was not looking forward to the pimento cheese entry, as he had never been a fan of pimento cheese. "I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed the flavor of fried pimento cheese so much that I would eagerly try to eat an entire bucket full of them," claimed Lemay. Maybe it was the drizzled jalapeno jelly on top that sold the Mayor?
Results were tallied while the judges rubbed their bellies. The two dishes named Fair Fare Fix of the Year were Scoop n' Buns for their Horchata Scoop N' Bites with Cinnamon Buns in the Sweet category and Main Street Deli's Gyro in the Savory category. All remaining samples were eagerly and quickly devoured, no questions asked.
Are you planning to taste test yourself? Head over to our Fair Fare on the Square web page, where you can see a listing of all of the fried (and a few non-fried) items available. Before heading out, check each location's hours of operation, dress comfortably (maybe stretchy pants?) and wear comfortable walking shoes. Follow along or join the conversations on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Don't forget to use #GarlandFairFare and tag the restaurants and us in your social images!