Deep fried delicious in downtown Stockton

Tara: Deep-fried anything is considered “county fair” or “state fair” type food.

It epitomizes diet death. It makes you feel bad about all consumed calories from the moment it pushes past your lips forward.

There’s also a ridiculous amount of delicious when you take a bite of a deep-fried dessert that’s made even grander when you find out how close a place offering deep fried Twinkies and Snickers is to your place of work.

We found one, on California Street, three minutes from The Record.

Genette Brookshire: Cali Street Grill – home of the Cali Cheese Steak & Stuffed Dog – offers a list of daily specials ranging from sandwiches to salads to hot dogs and chili cheese fries.

But the gems are hidden on the back of the menu. Deep fried Twinkies and Snickers with your choice of toppings: caramel or chocolate syrup for the Snickers; and caramel, chocolate or berry topping for the Twinkie. Whipped cream is optional.

We ordered the Twinkie with berry topping and whipped cream.

Tara: And we ordered the Snickers topped with caramel and chocolate.

We brought the delicacies back to the newsroom.

The first thing you do with a food like this is stare. You have to.

Because you wonder how many calories is in a thing that looks that gooey delicious, how many extra miles you’d have to run to burn them off and how you convinced yourself it was a good idea to pay $1.75 plus tax for it. Telling yourself it’s a deal doesn’t make it better.

The food stares back. It wants you to eat it.  So you do.

So we did.

The Snickers bar, up close and slightly blurry, below:

Genette: Can you call a deep fried Twinkie perfect? The battered exterior was perfectly crisp, giving way to the soft gooey interior. The berry sauce helped cut through the richness of the Twinkie and the whipped cream … well, it’s almost like the whipped cream legitimized it as a dessert. It no longer felt like a deep fried monster we should feel guilty about enjoying.

Tara: The Snickers bar was just as tasty, drizzled in chocolate and caramel. It was also topped with a dollop of whipped cream. It cut easily and went down quickly. That cliche that you can’t stop after one bite? So true in this case.

There was soon nothing left but excess chocolate goo.

Our verdict overall: We’ve decided it’s never the wrong time of the year to enjoy something deep fried. County and state fairs already gone by? No worries, just venture to downtown Stockton.

We’re considering a return trip. But doing so will likely require us to move an extra workout or two into our schedules.

Worth it? Oh yeah.

If you go: The Cali Street Grill is located at 38 N. California Street in downtown Stockton. The menu includes smoked tri-tip sandwiches,  hot dogs and salads.

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