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Andrew Zimmern’s Favorite Foods at the Minnesota State FairAndrew Zimmern

Footlong Hot Dog

I like to stick with tradition in terms of the State Truthful, by no means passing up a chance for cheese curds, a foot-long scorching dog, an ice cold 1919 root beer and a bucket of Sweet Martha’s cookies. Truthful food doesn’t have to be, and doubtless shouldn’t be, difficult or fancy. In no specific order, here’s an inventory of my favourite meals at the Great Minnesota Get-Collectively.

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Foot Longs at Carnes and Nelson

I really like the classics, and it just doesn’t get higher than this one. It’s a real German-style (about-a-foot-long) frank with snappy skin. I get one on a regular basis with sauerkraut, well-done onions and slightly mustard. It’s certainly, arms down, the most effective foot long on the truthful. I eat one for breakfast each day I’m there.

Location: Subsequent to the DNR building.

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Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb Donuts

Mini donuts are proper up there with footlongs and cheese curds on the subject of quintessential Minnesota State Truthful food. You just can’t walk past a Tom Thumb stand, as that fried dough odor wafts by way of the air, without buying a bag. These are solely good straight out of the fryer, piping scorching and dipped in sugar.

Location: West aspect of Cooper between Wright and Dan Patch.





If I might decide just one state truthful food, this may be it. A Gizmo is an Italian-style unfastened meat sandwich, manufactured from floor beef and Italian sausage coated in pink sauce and seasonings, topped with real melted mozzarella cheese and served on the right roll. It’s like an edible torpedo of delight. I’m fortunate enough that these guys hit both the Iowa and Minnesota state festivals, so typically, I get to eat them twice a yr.

Location: On the west aspect of Cooper between Lee and Murphy.

VIDEO: The Story of the Gizmo Sandwich at the Minnesota State Truthful >>>



Kiwanis Malts State Fair

Kiwanis Malts

There’s a variety of dairy on the Great Minnesota Get-Together (we do carve our princesses out of butter). My favourite is the malt stand run by the Kiwanis women adjoining to the Fantastic Arts constructing. I have a hard time choosing between chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla… so I’d recommend ordering all three and sharing together with your comrades. It’s been round since 1969 and I feel they still employee a few of the unique people. It’s the one malt on the truthful value slurping.

Location: On east aspect of Cosgrove between Wright and Randall.



Izzy's State Fair

Izzy’s Ice Cream

Even when the temperatures creep near zero right here in the winter, I crave Izzy’s superb ice cream. So it’s no shock that on a scorching day, I make a beeline for Hamline Eating Corridor, which serves up several Izzy’s flavors. New this yr is a mini waffle sundae, topped with a scoop of Izzy’s cream cheese ice cream, heat maple syrup and a maraschino cherry.

Location: North aspect of Dan Patch between Underwood and Cooper.



State Fair cheese curds

Mouth Lure Cheese Curds

What makes their product so good? Ellsworth cheese curds, recent from the creamery, delivered every day—a complete of 65,000 pounds of curds over the course of the 12 day pageant.

Location: Meals Building

VIDEO: The Greatest Cheese Curds on the Minnesota State Truthful >>>



1919 Rootbeer

1919 Root Beer

I’m a sucker for nice draft root beer. Made in small batches in New Ulm, Minnesota, 1919 Root Beer is one among my favorites. Order it plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, either means you’ll be able to’t go mistaken.

Location: On southeast nook of Dan Patch and Underwood.



Frozen Cider Pop

Frozen Cider Pop

I happen to love the apple cider freezies within the Horticulture building… it’s harking back to the freezer pops from your childhood, but as an alternative of sugary pretend fruit flavors, they’re made with delicious Minnesota apple cider. It’s the perfect deal on the truthful.

Location: In the Agriculture Horticulture constructing west hall.



Minneapple pie State Fair

Minneapple Pie

This stand has solely been around for a number of years, and after one chew you’ll perceive why it instantly turned a fan favourite. They’re allotting particular person apple, chocolate and pumpkin pies, deep fried on website and served with a dusting of cinnamon and sugar and a scoop of creamy cinnamon ice cream. It’s fabulous, trust me.

Location: South aspect of Judson between Nelson and Underwood.



French Fries

French Fries

I’ve been recognized to make a couple of stops at this french fry stand, it’s a fixture of the truthful and for good cause. A carton of these fries is perfect walking round food (plus, it’s straightforward to share).

Location:East aspect of Liggett St. between West Dan Patch & Carnes Avenues.



Sausage by Cynthia State Fair

Sausage by Cynthia

At Sausage by Cynthia, all the things is produced from scratch. Their lengthy menu of specialty sausages embrace Cajun Andouille, Creole chaurice, Minnesota wild rice and beef, Swedish, Northern Italian Tuscan, German Weisswurst… the record goes on and on. It’s my favorite sausage on the truthful. And their beef jerky? One of the best in America.

Location: North aspect of Judson between Underwood and Nelson.



Sweet Marthas

Candy Martha’s

This can be a truthful should, and a type of meals experiences that can’t be accurately replicated at house EVEN IF their dough is out there for buy in your grocer’s freezer. Few things can beat piping scorching, messy chocolate chip cookies served with an unlimited glass of milk. Martha (yes, Candy Martha is an actual individual), I am keen on you!

Location: North aspect of West Dan Patch Ave. between Liggett St. & Chambers St.

VIDEO: The Story of Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar >>>



Fried Pickles

Deep Fried Pickles

What’s to not love about deep-fried pickles? Salty, crunchy, sour… One other deep-fried victory.

Location: Southwest corner of Dan Patch and Liggett.




Blue Moon Dine-in Theater

The Blue Moon Dine-In Theater introduced their candy corn ice cream a couple of years ago and it’s been a huge hit ever since. It strikes a perfect stability between creamy and corny, and with the optionally available bacon maple syrup topper, it’s the sweet-and-salty combine I’m all the time craving. Beyond ice cream, they all the time have a strong line up of sandwiches, pizza and sides—I’m excited to attempt the Turkish pizza this yr.

Location: Situated on Carnes Ave. & Chambers St.



Blue Barn

Blue Barn

David Burley and his staff at The Blue Barn are killing it. You understand why? As a result of they’re serving real meals, made by real cooks. The brioche French toast with Minnesota-grown wild berry compote and Pop Rock whipped cream, and the blue cheese corn fritters with chimichurri are just some of my favorites from the past couple years. Can’t wait to attempt the breakfast potato skins and Nashville scorching hen on-a-stick.

Location: At West Finish Market, south of the Historical past & Heritage Middle.



Harry Singh's

Harry Singh’s

Vegetarians rejoice! There’s a scrumptious, savory choice beyond cheese curds at the truthful. Harry Singh’s Caribbean Restaurant is beloved in the Twin Cities for its mix of Trinidadian, Jamaican, Caribbean and West Indies consolation meals. The booth within the Meals Constructing serves a few of their greatest specialties, like Trinidadian “doubles” full of chickpeas, scorching sauce and chutney.

Location: In the Food Constructing, east wall.




Cheese on a Stick/Lemonade Booth

On a scorching, sticky August afternoon, there’s really nothing better than a tart, sweet fresh-squeezed lemonade. I can’t move the ‘Cheese on a Stick’ booth by the Carousel with out quenching my thirst.

Location: East aspect of Liggett St. between West Dan Patch & Carnes Avenues.

VIDEO: My prime five favorite truthful meals >>>



Duke's Poutine State Fair

Duke’s Poutine

Poutine is Canadian stoner meals that’s crept south of the border and grow to be a mainstay on Minnesota menus. At Duke’s, thick fresh-cut French fries are topped with cheese curds and scorching gravy. Though it’s only been on the around for 4 years, it’s shortly develop into quintessential truthful meals.

Location: North aspect of Judson Ave. between Clough & Nelson streets.



State Fair Corn Roast

Corn Roast

One of many prime grossing food vendors, the Corn Roast has been a fixture of the truthful for greater than 30 years. Just-picked Minnesota candy corn is roasted within the husk, shucked and dipped in melted higher—the concept is straightforward, but perfectly executed.

Location: Southeast corner of Dan Patch Ave. & Nelson St.

VIDEO: My prime 5 favourite truthful foods >>>




MN Honey Producers

Make a bee-line for the Ag Building to attempt honey in all its candy types: liquid, spun, creamed, comb, whipped… in addition to in jams, jellies, sweet, cookies, and my favorite, honey ice cream.

Location: Within the Agriculture Horticulture Building, north aspect.

VIDEO: Study more concerning the Minnesota Honey Producers >>>



Pickle Dog

Pickle Dog

Should you need a break from the greasy truthful meals, attempt the Pickle Dog: a pickle spear that’s smeared with cream cheese and wrapped with pastrami. Does it get more Midwestern than that? They’ve also added a Reuben pickle dog with sauerkraut and Thousand Island.

Location: South aspect of Carnes Ave. between Liggett & Chambers streets.



Cinnie Smiths

Cinnie Smiths

I all the time make a cease at Cinnie Smiths a precedence. The cinnamon rolls are made out of scratch (right in the sales space) to order, with real butter, actual cinnamon and real sugar. I’m getting hungry right now enthusiastic about the gooey middle of the nice and cozy cinnamon rolls, dipped in their selfmade creamy vanilla custard.

Location: Murphy Ave. & Underwood St.

VIDEO: Watch how Cinnie Smiths are made >>>



Midtown Global Market State Fair

Midtown International Market

I like to see native companies succeed at the truthful, and there’s a couple of stellar decisions at Midtown International Market in the International Bazaar. This yr the booth is hosting Scorching Indian Foods, with crispy Kentikka hen sliders and bhel puri, adopted by Taco Cat’s deep-fried tacos on-a-stick.

Location: At the International Bazaar, east wall.



Produce Exchange State Fair

Produce Trade

Sluggish your calorie rely for the day with a cease at The Produce Change. Last yr they introduced top-of-the-line new meals gadgets in years—overripe and juicy Colorado Mountain Lion peaches which are halved, pitted and grilled, then topped with native goat cheese and herbs. Simple and insanely crave-able.

Location: Northwest corner of Carnes Ave. & Underwood St.


Butcher Boys Steak State Fair

Butcher Boys London Broil

Butcher Boy steak sandwiches are probably the most underrated least talked about hidden gems at the truthful.

Location: North aspect of Dan Patch Ave. between Nelson & Underwood streets.





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