State Fare Brings Casual Southern Classics to Houston

The menu of fun festival fare includes Frito pie, chicken fried French fries, and pickle dip

Gourmet Frito pie? Yes, please.

True to its name, Gateway Memorial’s newest dining concept State Fare brings an exciting combination of fun festival fare and Southern style dishes to Houston diners. The casual, family-friendly eatery, which took over the space previously housed by Pour Society, is already a hit among locals for its diverse menu spanning from tangy pickle dip with house-made BBQ chips and roasted Gulf oysters to the wildly popular Frito pie.

The mouthwatering menu lists over 70 tempting selections, but one of the more intriguing choices is a dish you most certainly won’t find anywhere else in the city. The larger than life Hicksburger beef pattie sandwich is a head turner with its layers of hot pastrami, Gruyère cheese, and chicken fried French fries. The meaty sandwich epitomizes the adventurous cuisine found at a good old-fashioned state fair.

As most of the portions at State Fare are Texas-sized and better suited for sharing, ordering family style is the best way to go. And if you make it to the end of your meal with a little room left, dessert is a must. Offerings include selections by Houston’s Petite Sweets’ pastry chef Susan Molzan, as well as an array of featured daily specials like tres leches cake and chocolate bread pudding.

Though State Fare proudly boasts a child-friendly environment (even offering a separate menu for children 12 and under), the restaurant offers no shortage of craft beer, cocktails, and wine for adults. Beverage director Laurie Harvey rounds out the robust menu with a list of 48 craft beers and libations like the Texas Tea made with peach vodka and the State Fare margarita with habanero infused dry curacao.

While you won’t find a petting zoo or a ferris wheel ride on the menu, a visit to State Fare is a deliciously good time for the whole family.

FTC Disclosure: This was a sponsored visit. Opinions herein belong to the author.

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