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“What’s the best thing to eat at The Big E?”

It’s a fair question, especially for those who are new to the event and don’t want to sort through all the crazy foods to find the best things to eat.

However, there’s one problem: We don’t know you, or what you like, or whether you don’t like cheese or if you want something cold on a September afternoon.

Our Big E Eater’s Guide is handy for navigating the fair. But sometimes you need a list trimmed down to the best options. With that in mind, here are the 10 best foods to try out at The Big E if you’re new to the fair or if you want a fresh look.

Now, we don’t expect you to eat all 10 items on this list in one trip. (We don’t want an angry call from your doctor.) Instead, take a look at the list, pick out a few things that speak to you, walk around and share with some friends.

Or hoard it all for yourself. We won’t tell anyone.

Fried Oreos

Fried Oreo’s from Tootsie’s at The Big E (File Photo)

1. Fried Oreos from Tootsies (Multiple Locations)

If there’s one food that sums up the heavy, crazy, caloric nature of fair foods, it’s the Fried Oreo. It’s simple in concept and approachable in execution. It’s nutritionally disastrous. But the individual cookie bricks are sharable so that you don’t have to eat it all.

Here’s the best part: You can find these everywhere around the fair. No matter where you are, there’s probably a Tootsie’s location nearby peddling them (in addition to other vendors that sell them).

So stop by and grab some to enjoy the saturated savory-sweet combination of flavors. Sure, the batter tends to overpower the Oreo. But the ensuing combination is an indulgent intermingling of flavors that’s worth the experience.

BBQ Sundae

The BBQ Sundae from Porky’s on Commonwealth Ave. at The Big E (File Photo)

2. BBQ Sundae from Porky’s (Commonwealth Ave.)

This is one of those foods that sounds crazy in name, but actually makes sense when you see it. This is the perfect food to tell your friends about and have them respond, “You ate what!?”

The BBQ Sundae (along with its sibling, the BBQ Split), is a parfait-like construction featuring pulled pork and a stacked lineup of BBQ sides.

The sundae is designed to let you dig around through the various savory layers and explore the different combinations of flavors, breaking through the coleslaw and pulled pork to tuck into the mashed potatoes and baked beans. Then at the bottom is a layer of corn bread crumbles to soak up all the drippings.

It’s all the fun of mixing sides on a BBQ plate in one cup — with a cherry tomato on top.

Doughco

The Doughco fried dough taco from Anna’s Fried Dough on East Road at The Big E. (File Photo)

3. DoughCo from Anna’s Fried Dough (East Road)

This one’s pretty simple: It’s a giant taco with fried dough instead of a taco shell. The end result: delicious.

While fried dough is usually a sweet treat at fairs, it also works great as a savory vehicle for toppings. In this case, it’s ground beef, salsa, lettuce, cheese, sour cream and jalapeños atop a pillowy platter of fried dough.

The fried dough provides a brilliant base for the DoughCo, giving you a chewy, bready base that you can tear apart into little pieces or fold in half and bite into like a maniac. It can get messy, but it stays delicious. You’ll probably need a fork by the end.

4. Moo-nut from Moolicious (Springfield Road)

The Moo-nut is a combination of three great things: doughnuts, soft serve and sundae toppings.

When you order one, you get your pick of which ice cream you want and what toppings you want thrown on there. Want vanilla and sprinkles? Perfect. Want chocolate and peanut butter cup crumbles? That works too. Either way, it’s going to be delicious.

Turducken Big E

The Turducken Sandwich from the New England Craft Beer Pub on the Avenue of States. (MassLive Photo)

5. Turducken Sandwich from New England Craft Beer Pub (Avenue of States)

This is another crazy-sounding food that’s executed with a tactful plan. The “turducken” element is actually a combination of chicken, turkey, duck confit and sausage cornbread in the patty. That all gets combined with American cheese and cranberry aioli for a creative spin on a grilled cheese melt.

The end result: Basically a Thanksgiving sandwich grilled cheese. It’s as good as it sounds.

Bacon Waffle Burger

The Bacon Waffle Burger from Macken’s Specialty Sliders behind the Massachusetts Building at The Big E (Nick O’Malley, MassLive)

6. Bacon Waffle Burger from Macken’s Specialty Sliders (Outside the Massachusetts Building)

There are a ton of options at The Big E that include, bacon, waffles or a burger. However, this burger from Macken’s stands out from the pack by doing the “waffle” part better than everyone else at the fair.

In this case, it’s a proper Liege waffle, which is yeasted and made with pearl sugar. That means it’s soft, chewy and has these little pockets of caramelized sugar throughout that explode with waves of sweet flavor. Throw in bacon, cheese and two slider patties and you’ve got a recipe for success.

Fried Sheperds Pie

Fried Shepherd’s Pie Ball from EB’s Food for Fun in The Food Court at The Big E. (File Photo)

7. Fried Shepherd’s Pie Balls from EB’s Food for Fun (In the Food Court)

EB’s Food For Fun is easy to miss, tucked into the corner of the Food Court, which itself is a little alcove that sometimes doesn’t get enough attention.

That’s a shame, because the Fried Shepherd’s Pie Balls (along with the Fried Bacon Mac & Cheese Balls) are some of the best snackable and sharable foods at the fair.

Both are good options. But there are a million “Mac & Cheese” spinoffs at The Big E. The Shepherd’s Pie Balls really stand out as a crunchy, savory delight that has a pocket of meat and pillowy mashed potatoes inside. The gravy on top is a nice touch as well.

Giant Mozzarella Stick

The Giant Mozzarella Stick from Angela’s Pizza on Commonwealth Ave. at The Big E (File Photo)

8. Giant Mozzarella Stick from Angela’s Pizza (Commonwealth Ave)

Not everything has to be an elaborate idea. Sometimes, you want a big hunk of cheese on a stick that’s deep-fried. That’s what you get here’ from Angela’s Pizza — plus a side of marinara sauce.

It’s all the deliciousness of a normal mozzarella stick, but with the cheesiness turned up to a crazy new magnitude.

It’s a lot of cheese. There’s not much else to say.

9. Spicy PB&J Burger from SoulFully Vegan in The Front Porch

This is one of the new arrivals at the fair, and it shouldn’t be overlooked just because it’s vegan.

Heck, it might actually be better because there’s no meat in it.

The PB&J Burger features a subtly savory meatless patty that has a nice sear on it, but not as much meat flavor. That lets it pair all the better with the oat milk cheese, peanut butter and spicy-sweet jalapeño jelly.

The end result isn’t a “burger,” so much as it’s a delicious sandwich with a bunch of creamy, sweet and spicy flavors melding together.

Big E New Foods 2022

Big E Cream Puff from The Place 2 Be (Nick O’Malley, MassLive)

10. Big E Cream Puff from Big E Bakery (Multiple Locations)

To finish things off, it’s the signature food of the fair: the cream puff.

The big, bulky, buttery puffs are made and sold in the New England Building, but are also sold at locations throughout the fair, with spots near Gate 9A, near Gate 1 and at the Food Court.

The puffs are a marvel of what you can do with butter and sugar. The filling is a sweet, luscious cloud of cream that’s tempting to eat by itself. But it’s even better when you take a big bite of chewy, pillow puff as well.

You may note that, yes, these things are huge. Traditionally, they’re designed for fairgoers to twist the two halves apart to separate them and share with a friend. However, don’t let that stop you from devouring one. There’s a lot of traffic heading into the fair. You deserve it.

This year, the puffs are available in both classic and a new chocolate cream version, which are both delightful. However, you might want to grab the chocolate version while you can. Last year’s pumpkin version vanished after one year. Who knows how long the chocolate version will stick around?


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