The State Fair of Texas opens Friday, Sept. 26, and here are the Big Tex Choice Awards finalists, including beer funnel cake. Other new foods at the fair this year include pork rind nachos, deep fried milk and cookies on a stick, biscuit fries with chocolate gravy and fried sweet tea. That’s sweet-tea flavored custard in a graham-cracker crust deep fried and served with sweet-tea flavored syrup.

Sylvan Thirty holds its official grand opening next weekend, but Ten Ramen won’t open until next year.

Here is some food porn from Cake Bar, which opened last week in Trinity Groves.

Chef Blythe Beck, who was executive chef at the former Central 214 and once had a reality show on cable, is the next Kitchen LTO chef.