You need to try Grantburger's new Chile Relleno Pretzel Burger!

New and Notable Food at the SD Fair 2014

Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez

It’s that time of year again! The San Diego County Fair (or rather the Del Mar Fair to us locals) is coming to town. If you’re the type to skip the rides and carnival games and head straight to the food vendors like me, you’ll want to know about our favorite tastes of the fair this year. Here’s a salivating list things you can’t miss this year at the SD Fair!


Chicken Charlie’s Triple Decker Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger…whoa.

This wouldn’t be a proper fair food list without a Chicken Charlie’s mention. New to the menu this year is his Triple Decker Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger. Three beef patties and three slices of American cheese are sandwiched between two plump Krispy Kreme donuts. It doesn’t sound like it would make any sense to your taste buds but holy cow, it was pretty dang good.

Order the Deep Fried Cookie Dough from Chicken Charlie’s to satisfy your sweet tooth

If that’s not enough, Chicken Charlie is also offering Deep Fried Chicken Skin with a chipotle dipping sauce, as well as Deep Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Pair that with a rich Stout beer and call it a day.

The man, the legend: Chicken Charlie

Grantburger’s new Chile Relleno Pretzel Burger

You need to try Grantburger’s new Chile Relleno Pretzel Burger!

Grantburger has always been my favorite stop at the fair. While burgers may seem unassuming at your county fair, Grantburger is always hitting it out of the park with their soft buns and fresh ingredients. New this year is the Chile Relleno Pretzel Burger. A chorizo patty, beef patty, avocado and chile relleno is stuffed in between a super soft pretzel bun. SO GOOD.

Honorable mention: Tasti Chips

Happy 40th to Tasti Chips!

You might want to do yourself a favor and head over to Tasti Chips right next door to Grantburger and pick up an order of thin and crispy potatoes drenched in your favorite sauce, like my favorite, the jalapeño cheddar. They’re celebrating their 40th anniversary this year so make sure to say hello.

Bacon A-Fair’s Bacon-wrapped Jack Daniel’s Churros

Bacon A-Fair was my favorite last year at the 2013 SD Fair with its deep fried, cheesy bacon bomb and wild boar kabob. This year, they’re offering a Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniel’s infused Churro. The smokiness of the bacon paired with the rich churro will definitely be a hit this year.

Salty, smoky and sweet…Bacon A-Fair’s Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniel’s Churro

The San Diego County Fair runs June 7-July 6 this year and you won’t want to miss this season. Round up your friends, prepare your belly for a gargantuan amount of food, and order things that are bigger than your head! For more information, visit

Juicy’s Cowabunga corn dog could feed a whole family — or one super hungry lady like me. See you at the fair!

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