Lunch is a casual, low-commitment sort of meal. There's a reason dates and prospective business partners opt for a midday encounter in lieu of a late-night rendezvous. It's simply less intense.

Lunch is a casual, low-commitment sort of meal. There's a reason dates and prospective business partners opt for a midday encounter in lieu of a late-night rendezvous. It's simply less intense.

At the fair, those rules are smothered by golden batter, just like the foods we sampled during last week's excursion. There was nothing light or breezy about this fare.

We opted for everything you begged your parents for at age seven: hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Sophisticated palates be damned, those foods are still awesome.

But how do they stand up to hearty coat of carbohydrates and a few seconds in the deep fryer?

Deep-Fried PB&J Sandwich ($5)

Remember elementary school, when you forgot your lunch and they gave you a free peanut butter sandwich to tide you over? Imagine that, but with three times the amount of doughy thickness and a taste-bud-dominating sheen of powered sugar keeping you from your satisfying, flavorful condiment core.

Super Dog ($5)

Although these plus-size corndogs weren't as good as the ones we scarfed down at ComFest, they boasted a strong batter-to-meat ratio and won the general approval of all tasters. In a shocking twist, the Super Dog was revealed to be not one foot-long frank but two regular-sized wieners encased in a single sweet-and-savory coating.

Deep-Fried Mac & Cheese ($5)

These bite-sized batter triangles were stuffed with Kraft mac & cheese, meaning they lacked sufficient cheesiness to stand their ground against the exceptionally potent garlic salt flavor. One solution would be to offer these morsels with a cheesy dipping sauce. As photographer Jodi Miller put it, "What's better on cheese than more cheese?"