The Six Most Disgusting Foods Offered at This Year's OC Fair

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Fair season is over, at least here in the County of Oranges. We set out to try the most gruesome foods from the darkest depths of the deep fryer. For the reading pleasure of those who survived the Fair, here's our casualty report in the food department: a nonexistent appetite for half a week; an increase in body mass and decrease in bloodflow; and various cases of Number Two problems -- was that too much information? Check it out after the jump: the OC Fair's top six most disgusting foods.

6. California Sushi Roll (Optional: Deep Fried) at Sushi Bar

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Come on, people. Did you really think there wouldn't be a deep-fried option for sushi at the Fair? It's time we established that literally everything is fair game for the fryer--including the rolls at Sushi Bar. Instead of the usual burnt color of all things breaded and fried, the roll had a light, near-transparent crust, its innards fresh and intact. Some might wonder who would serve sushi at the OC Fair. But we wonder how they managed to both fit in with the barbequeries and remain faithful to the appearance and flavor of sushi.

5. Fried Candy Apples at Fair Fix
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If you're a candy fan, these deep-fried candy apples might make you change your mind (unless you really are into hard and sweet desserts). No, seriously, these apples, which are covered in a cherry syrup-filled bread skin are so sweet they made our mouths feel as sticky as a bottle filled with super glue. And if that weren't enough, when we took a bite out of the actual fruit, it was as though we were eating rocks--so hard! So be careful next time you go to the Fair Fix booth--you may want to pass on these.

4. Fried Dills at The Ranch

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We had a love and hate relationship with these, and by that we mean that we enjoyed their really salty, oily and sour taste, but we also hated them all. So unless you're really into any of the things we just mentioned, you probably won't want to spent $6.25 on them. Really, don't waste your time, or money on these greasy pickles! Even the clerks at the booth defined them as "the most bizarre-tasting food " out of the entire menu. Come on now! What does that tell you?

3. Deep fried cheesecake at Fair Fix

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The first thing we noticed with the cheesecake was that it was shaped kind of like ... a cheesecake. We were impressed. But alas, what genius came up with the idea of deep-frying (extremely hot) cheesecake (frozen)? Tear through the breaded crust, and you'll end up with lukewarm cheese that's the consistency of ranch, but much sweeter. You'll get sick of its sweetness only a couple bites in, but this is still worth a clogged artery or two. Choose drizzled chocolate over caramel.

2. Deep-fried avocados at Chicken Charlie's
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Avocados are supposed to be healthy and yummy, right? But once you dice and deep-fry them, they become creamy monstrosities that gush in your mouth. Unlike most other fried items at CC, they don't come with fries, which is why we recommend you to ask for their pesto and oil dipping sauce that might help them taste slightly better, but then again, don't expect too much.

1. Deep-fried frog legs at Chicken Charlie's

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This was definitely the worst and most disgusting food we tried at the Fair--no competition. Deep-fried frog legs, along with French fries, lemons, and ranch sauce--it doesn't get more disgusting than that, does it? Seriously, why would Chicken Charlie's even put that on the menu? Still, naively enough, we figured the condiments would make it taste like chicken, or something similar. But it was not the case, as you may have guessed, and it got worse when we noticed what looked like veins popping out of the meat as we continued to eat the crunchy and juicy legs. We almost barfed! Not even the video animation that promotes them made them more appealing!

So there you have it, the top six most disgusting foods at the OC Fair. Hopefully you'll wise up and think twice before you try them at next year's OC Fair. We'll leave it up to you.

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13 comments
JT
JT

this reads like a list written by a "foodie" and not a food lover.

Lillyb145
Lillyb145

Confusing post. The cheesecake and sushi are described as fresh and worth clogging an artery. Is this a post about disgustingly bad food or disgustingly bad for you calorie-wise?

Jandra
Jandra

I always wondered about the fried cheesecake but I'm happy I never tried it.  The veins  in the frog legs come with the frog. The fried pickles look less gross than the other foods.

Claudia Koerner
Claudia Koerner

My vote for worst at the fair definitely goes to the jalapeno/Baby Ruth monstrosity -- did anyone understand that? Not really spicy, not fried -- just melted chocolate and a kind of vegetable taste.

Sumo189
Sumo189

Fried Bacon totally stopped me in my tracks..first bite was awesome...every bite after was just bad. It was my bane.

Tran
Tran

Do you hate frog legs in general or just this version of it? It sounds a little close minded when you try to make it taste like chicken.

Also you clearly didn't eat the fried butter or else it would be on the list, but then it was definitely a bad life decision to ingest.

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

I can't imagine wanting to eat any of these(except the fried pickles), so this list seems pretty legit. Good job.

JB
JB

This post reads like a 7th grader's "What I Did This Summer" essay.  I'm curious...you say you enjoyed the "salty, oily, sour" taste of the deep fried pickles, but you you say also hated them.  Why? I didn't try them and as someone interested in food, I'd like to know. 

I'm not trying to be hurtful...just a little sting to tell you if you're interested in a journalism career, your critical reviews do need to be more detailed than a zealous 7th grader's writing.  The cheesecake review was much better. 

Separately, I disagree on the deep fried avocados.  If you like fried foods, and you like avocados, you will like these.  And the pesto dip comes automatically with every batch...at least it did with mine.  It added an offbeat contrast, though I might have liked to try some vinegar to add a pleasingly sour injection also.

Jeff Overley
Jeff Overley

Whoa, you had me till the frog legs. Veins come with the territory (see: chicken wings), and Charlie's version of this dish is perfectly solid.

That said, I think we can all agree the candy apple does look revolting.

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

I was going to say something similar regarding the fried pickles. I love fried pickles(although I prefer chips to spears), so I wasn't sure if the writer was saying that these were just a bad version of fried pickles, or that he just plain doesn't like fried pickles to begin with.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

They were fine by me. And deep-fried avocado is downright vile.

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

Really? Dude, let me submit an article then! By this standard I'd be the next Jonathan Gold.

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