Fruity dessert nachos. Photo provided by the State Fair of Texas.

State Fair of Texas

The Definitive Vegetarian (and Vegan) Guide to the State Fair of Texas

Why should carnivores have all the fun?

The State Fair of Texas is here. And while there are many new food options to choose from, those folks who don’t eat meat might find it more difficult to pinpoint where to grab delicious, battered, sticky, and fried fare. Fear not. We have you covered—there is no shortage of vegetarian and vegan options for fairgoers to enjoy.

Here is a definitive list of the vegetarian and vegan foods featured at the 2018 State Fair of Texas. Enjoy.


Baked Potato
What: baked potato with optional toppings (butter, sour cream, cheese, and more).
Where:  Cinnamon Roll at Tower Building, Little Bob’s BBQ at Nimitz Terrac, and Tower Building.

Black-Eyed Peas or Pinto Beans
What:  black-eyed peas or pinto beans, both served with cornbread sticks.
Where: BW’s Famous Fried Ribs at Tower Building.

Black-Eyed Pea Soup
What: savory black-eyed pea soup made with vegetable stock, celery, onions, peas, and jalapeños. Served with cornbread.
Where: Bailey’s Deli at Tower Building.

Boiled Corn
What: just boiled corn. Plain, simple, but also delicious.
Where: throughout the grounds.

Fruity Dessert Nachos
What: strawberries, blueberries, bananas, crème anglaise, Ghirardelli chocolate sauce, and whipped cream, resting on top of a bed of thin butter cookies.
Where: Ms. Ruth’s and Ruth’s Tamale House.

Fried Cup of Corn “Elotes”
What: the perfect combination of Mexican cheeses, a sweet “elotes” corn blend, and a fried flaky pastry. Topped with more cheese and presented with a side of creamy corn dip.
Where: Stiffler’s Sweet Spot.

Greek Salad
What: a medley of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese, and croutons.
Where: It’s All Greek to Me at Tower Building.

Pico Frito
What: an assortment of fresh tomatoes, cilantro, onions, and jalapeños folded into an egg-wrap paper and deep-fried.
Where: Darn Good Corn.

Red Beans and Rice
What: a blend of rice and red beans.
Where: A Taste of New Orleans at Tower Building.

Roasted Corn
What: fresh, on site-roasted corn. Butter is optional.
Where: Darn Good Corn at the Midway and Coliseum Drive.

What: flavorful fruit smoothies.
Where: Fruteria at Tower Building and Grand Ave.

Smoothies, Fruit Cup and Veggie Pies
What: a variety of smoothies, fruit cups, and veggie pies to choose from.
Where: Doc’s Street Grill at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Spinach Quesadilla
What: crispy quesadillas filled with spinach and cheese.
Where: Lone Star Roadhouse at Centennial Building.

Supra Stuffed Mini Sopapillas
What: three mini sopapillas, or fried Mexican pastries, injected with strawberry cream cheese, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with honey.
Where: The Chicken Hut, Yardbirds, and Texas Burgers Dogs and More.

Veggie Corny Dog
What: a fair favorite altered for vegetarians!
Where: Fletcher’s.


Fresh Fruit Drinks
What: choice of horchata (vegetarian), melon, tamarindo, watermelon, or pineapple. All available in small or large sizes.
Where: Fruteria at Tower Building and Grand Ave.

Fruit Cups
What: Juicy watermelon, honeydew, jicama, pineapple, and coconut with a splash of lime juice and cajun pepper.
Where: Fruteria at Tower Building and Grand Ave.

Hummus with Pita, Celery or Carrots
What: Blended chickpeas served with your choice of pita, celery, or carrots.
Where: BW’s Famous Fried Ribs at Tower Building.

Mango on a Stick
What: Succulent, whole mango chopped into an cute floral shape and skewered by a stick.
Where: Fruteria at Tower Building and Grand Ave.

Sweet Potato Fries
What: Savory sweet potato fries. An excellent choice if you are looking for a quick yet filling snack.
Where: Jack’s Frys Too! at Cotton Bowl Plaza.


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