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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/16/2012

County-fair food closer to home? You can bet your fried Twinkie


Reba's Funnel Cake food truck chef Hayes Greene will flash-fry pretty much anything, including Snickers, brownies, and Twinkies (all pictured; $3 each). Each is dipped in Reba's special batter, flash-fried and served sprinkled with powdered sugar and -- if you’re a total masochist -- can be had a la mode. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)
The next month is high season for the county fair, but you no longer have to pony up the admission and tramp across muddy fairgrounds to experience the fair’s greatest joy: deep-fried Snickers.

The great carny culinary traditions -- the hand-spun puffs of cotton candy, the corn dogs, the funnel cake -- have been adopted by urban restaurateurs and are popping up on menus across the city. (Sorry, no pig races down 14th Street yet, but one can dream…)

We’ve rounded up some of the gooey, caloric wonders in our new best bets for getting your county-fair fix, year-round. Here are a few samples:

At the Passenger, your deep-fried dessert -- two dark brown fried balls with a little sprinkling of sugar -- looks innocuous enough sitting on the plate. That exterior disguises one of the city’s most indulgent desserts: a bacon-wrapped peanut butter cup dipped in batter and deep fried. It is a hot, salty and very, very sweet bomb. See whether you can taste the subtle hints of the cola mixed into the tempura batter.

Curiously, the chichi Italian small plates resturant Sugo Cicchetti in Potomac serves cotton candy two ways -- as a dessert and as a tart cocktail (that also provides a little bit of a show).

Bayou Bakery is one-upping kettle corn with “porkorn” with ridiculously awesome popcorn coated with caramel, bacon and -wait for it - hot sauce. Our diet was nearly undone when we discovered Reba’s Funnel Cake, the food truck that’s not just making funnel cakes, but battering and frying Snickers bars, Twinkies, brownies, lemon cookies and even fruit.

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