No one goes to the New York State Fair expecting to find a lot of healthy foods. But we figured there had to be something at the fair for vegetarians to eat and maybe even for vegans.
So, we went searching the entire fairgrounds in search of food that vegetarians and vegans would like.
It took a lot of leg work, but here’s what we found.
Mac n’ Cheez Burger at Strong Hearts Cafe
Location: International Building
At 4 and a half inches tall and four inches wide, the Mac n’ Cheez Burger is impressive looking, and it tastes pretty darn good, too.
It’s a veggie burger topped with deep-fried macaroni and cheese and layered with tomato and lettuce, all slathered with hot wing sauce that packs a wallop. It all comes in a big, fresh pretzel bun and is served with a pickle.
Just remember to grab a lot of napkins if you’re planning to eat it all. I grabbed four and they were barely enough.
The Mac n’ Cheez is a special that’s only served on Aug. 21 and Aug. 28, but Strong Hearts’ regular veggie cheeseburger ($10) is available every day.
Veggie Bucket at Dr. Vegetable
Location: Restaurant Row
Like its name suggests, the Veggie Bucket delivers a lot of vegetables — deep fried, of course — in a bucket. We’re talking broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms, onion rings and pickles.
Be warned, it’s enough for two or three people.
Notz Your Average Vegan
Location: Toss & Fire on Restaurant Row
Notz Your Average Vegan is a wood-fired, 10-inch pizza made for vegans, though you don’t have to be one to like it.
The menu describes it as “politely spicy tomato oil topped with PMA vegan cheese, fresh garlic and basil, sliced tomatoes, broccoli and baby spinach.” The menu doesn’t say so, but the dough appears to be made from cauliflower.
Veggie Platter at the Veggie Patch
Location: Hiawatha Avenue in front of the Colonnade
You’d expect a lot of vegetables from a stand named the Veggie Patch, and its Veggie Platter delivers.
It’s a pile of deep-fried onion rings, broccoli, zucchini and sweet potatoes. Bring your appetite.
Location: On the midway
The Rice Bowl is easy to miss because it’s served at a no-name stand on the midway. Look for the stand with the words Walking Tacos, Build Your Own Nacho Bowls, Burrito Bowls, Rice Bowls and other foods on its sign.
You have to custom-order a rice bowl, and that’s not a bad thing. Just tell them you don’t want any meat with it, then select, in addition to rice, whatever vegetables you want. We went with black olives, black beans, lettuce, salsa sauce.
Deep Fried PB&J at Fried Specialties
Location: Near the back of the Expo Center
You get four big deep-fried cakes stuffed with peanut butter and jelly and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Not low-cal, but it sure will fill you up without meat or animal products.
Fresh Roasted Corn
Location: The Fresh Roasted Corn stand in front of the Poultry Building
If you’re a vegetarian and you want to keep things simple, why not just an ear of fresh roasted corn on the cob dipped in real butter?
Swamp Juice at Creole Soul Cafe
Location: Van Robinson Pan-African Village
After downing all those deep-fried veggies, you’ll want to wash it down with something cool and tasty. Swamp Juice is 24 ounces of juice made from guava, pineapple and a bunch of other fruits.
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