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“Real Food Done Real Good”.  Elizabeth’s first owner Heidi Trull was REAL right when she said this.  Ever since the first time I visited Elizabeth’s for Sunday breakfast, with a group of my closest friends, I make it a point to go on every visit now.  Brunch or breakfast.  Doesn’t matter, cause I know I’m going to eat REAL GOOD!

I don’t know how my friends found Elizabeth’s, but then again I DO, because word travels fast when it comes to delicious food.  Tucked away in the Upper Ninth Ward at the corner of Gallier St. and Chartres St., you’ll see a two story, older house, decorated with artwork and bright colors, looks very “lived in” and old school.  Like somebody’s grandmother is in the kitchen doing major damage.  You really can’t miss it.

Before we were even seated at our table, I knew exactly what I wanted to treat the table to.  It’s something you can’t resist, one of their menu items that is just too good to miss out on.  They found a way to make bacon, better.  Who knew?!  Praline Bacon.  That’s all you need to hear.  A pretty white plate with four candied pieces of pork.  One of the best teaser appetizers I’ve ever had.  Bacon Candy.  Two words that go so well together.

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Do you SEE this?! *sigh*

Now let me take you back for a second.  On one of my visits to New Orleans, for the Dallas Cowboys vs. Saints game, we visited this little bar, next to a restaurant called Stanley, AMAZING brunch might I add.  Not sure what the bar was called, but it’s right next door.  We waited here while our table was prepared.  It’s located in the heart of the French Quarter, right by Jackson Square.  There was a drink they served called Brandy Milk Punch.  Simple concoction of Brandy, whole milk, powdered sugar and nutmeg to garnish the drink with.  I liked it so much there, that I saw fit to go ahead and order one at Elizabeth’s.  Just as good as I remember from the first time.  Reminds me of the holidays.

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***Just a disclaimer, when I’m on vacation, I EAT! I tend to go all the way in, I mean I liked to taste the local flavors of the city.  I like to share food, I will order A LOT, so y’all don’t judge me and my greedy a** LOL***

Along with the pig candy, I ordered the Fried Boudin Balls in Creole Mustard Sauce.  These balls, oh I just wish they gave us six instead of three.  The worst is when you take that last bite, because it’s gone, there’s no more.  So, savor every bite.  What really hits it off is the mustard sauce that they sit so pretty in.  It’s the perfect addition to really make the flavors in the boudin balls shine.  It’s smoky, it’s thick, it’s got a sweet hint to it and y’all know sweet and savory is my thing!

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Sadly, but not surprisingly, I was on the full side after indulging in these delicious delicacies, but what do they say? The show must go on!  An entrée was ordered, the French Toast Burrito.  So big, I couldn’t even finish it.  STUFFED with bacon, egg AND crumbled sausage.  Drizzled with maple syrup, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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I definitely over did it, BUT I had no complaints.  How could I complain when all that goodness cooked with love was in my belly?! The service was great, everything I ate, with no surprise, was delightful!  Don’t forget, when you go, start off with that Praline Bacon and your day will definitely be A-OK.

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Let’s be honest.  When you think of a deviled egg, you think of your typical  mashup of yolks, mayo, mustard, salt, pepper and that pretty little sprinkle of paprika, real fancy.  I’m sure it was someone’s auntie or grandmother, or your own, that made them sometime in your life at a special occasion like a family reunion or a funeral *blank stare* BOOOORING.

Go to any restaurant now and it’s the star attraction, one of the best ways to start a meal, very out of the ordinary, but something that you fall in love with instantly.  I’ve had some pretty tasty eggs, very detailed and elaborate, at restaurants such as Del Frisco’s Grille in Dallas, this was the first place I tried them.  One bite is all it took for me and I was hooked.  Another great place is Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar in Plano.  This place is overall one of my favorite restaurants, and how unique is it that they change their deviled eggs on a weekly basis.  Keeps you coming back!

Recently though, and I do mean for the last two weeks, I’ve frequented a restaurant that I’ve grown to love, called DISH.  You’ll see one of my  awesome previous posts about their grits.  To DIE for.  No games were played when they made them!  Anyways, I’m getting off subject.  So my past visit, I went to another location, in Dallas.  They happened to have a different menu.  Brunch, but a different menu, give or take some items.  They didn’t even have the Bucket of Bubbles.  I was let down. Severely.  I tried to hide my “spoiled daddy’s girl” face, ordered a Blood-Orange Mimosa AND Truffled Bacon Deviled Eggs.

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They came to the table and they were absolutely beautiful.  So colorful, so vibrant.  Like I say, I take one bite, and by one bite, I mean, I put the whole thing in my mouth and concentrate on tasting every flavor.  The smooth, semi-sweet, mild filling was perfection.  Piped ever-so-smoothly in the boiled egg.  Bacon makes everything better, every sane person knows this, so biting into the thick, savory applewood smoked bacon and the slither of the pickled purple onion garnish, it was just magical.

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I had others with me at the table, so I had to share.  I was upset. Yup. I wanted more *sigh*. Sometimes life, it just isn’t fair, but those deviled eggs, the moment they were placed in front of me so gently, life was great!

Everything is bigger and better in the state of Texas, everyone knows that, DUH!  Well, The State Fair of Texas is a prime example.  Every year, during the month of October, “The Fair” as locals call it, brings a range of exhibits, entertainment, services, concerts, rides and lots and lots of food, fried food especially, to dig your teeth into; drool all over.

The most exciting thing, for ME, is the Big Tex Choice Awards.  Each year, different State Fair concessions fry up delicious and unique foods, to become a finalist in the Big Tex Awards.  It’s crazy what some people come up with in their kitchens!  I’m determined to come up with a creation one day. Really.

This year for instance, the Finalists included: Cowboy Corn Crunch (sweet corn, minced jalapeño, rich cream cheese and a hint of smoky bacon), Deep Fried Alligator’s Nest (rich alligator meat with Monterey Jack cheese, chopped jalapeños, onions and garlic), Pretzel-Crusted Pollo Queso (spicy shredded chicken is combined with a rich blend of cream cheese, Monterrey Jack cheese, bacon, cilantro and Sriracha sauce) and one of my favorites this year, Chicken Fried Lobster with Champagne Gravy.  Let me tell y’all, that 30-45 minute wait was well worth it. I almost didn’t even get to experience it. You know why? 60 tickets, that’s why!  That’s $30!  So, because the fat woman inside of me wanted it so bad, I had to have it, when I went on my 2nd trip (I made a total of three trips this year) splitting it with one of my friends didn’t make it seem so expensive.  Bruh!  De-li-cious!  The fact that each lobster tail was fried fresh and served to you hot out the grease, now that was greatness.  The tails were a good size too!  Fried perfectly.  Sweet lobster meat, great texture, not rubbery at all.  Then, I’m thinking the lobster tail is served alone, nothing else.  To our surprise, it was served with fresh, hot, seasoned fries and this chilled corn relish with red & green bell peppers.  Not too bad at all, if I may say so myself.

Now, after eating, sampling, trying all the salty, savory things, like classics such as a Fletcher’s Corny Dog, the best corny dog “in the WORLD Craig!”, a humongous smoked turkey leg, 3-4 people can share one EASILY, or the roasted corn, you’re definitely going to want something sugary and sweet, possibly fried and accompanied by a side of whipped cream .  I mean you could easily go for cotton candy, a funnel cake, which always hits the spot, but this year, I think I might have discovered one of the best desserts I’ve ever had.  Why have I never heard of a Millionaire Pie?! I’m so upset with myself!  So, if you don’t know, it’s a filling of cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, crushed pineapple and pecans.  Now, take that and fry it inside two hot, doughy, empanada-like, contraptions and you’ve got Heaven in your mouth, Fried Millionaire Pie.  I’ve never had anything like it.  I think what made it so good is the warm cream cheese, it was so silky and smooth and then the condensed milk sweetened it and they topped it all with whipped cream and honey and it was just A-MA-ZING.  My eyes closed after every bite lol…I was in a very good place while devouring them.

One thing I must say is, and don’t say I didn’t warn you…if you’re trying to watch what you’re eating or on some type of cleanse during the month of October or any program to try and lose weight, hold off on that until November, because the calorie count from all the things you’ll indulge in at The Fair, OFF.THE.CHARTS.  Don’t even step on the scale.  Just enjoy yourself and PIG. OUT!

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