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Continued: Rick Nelson samples the best new State Fair foods ever

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 22, 2014 - 6:32 PM

For its Caribbean-Style Lobster Roll (⋆⋆, $9), Cafe Caribe mostly adheres to the classic formula but messes up the seasonings, big time, blatantly scorching taste buds left and right. This doesn’t work so well at the Great Minnesota Bland-Together.

Conversely, there’s the Chilaquiles (⋆⋆, $7.50) at El Sol Mexican Foods. It easily qualifies as breakfast for two, but the heaping plate of tortilla chips, fried-to-order eggs, chicken and basic-as-basic-can-be taco fixings would benefit from a less cautious approach, chile verde-wise.

The Deep-Fried Baklava on a Stick (⋆ ½, $5.50) at Dino’s Gyros follows the get-people-talking formula that is the backbone of plenty of blue ribbon-worthy fair fare. But no amount of chocolate sauce and honey is going to mask the simple truth that baklava is better when left untouched by bubbling grease.

The served-all-day carbfest that is Robbinsdale OES Dining Hall’s PB & J French Toast (⋆ ½, $7) proves that, when it comes to peanut butter and grape jelly, there really is a point when less is more.

Pass the Alka-Seltzer

At the Shrimp Shack, the takeaway from the Shrimp Dog (⋆, $6.50) is corn meal batter, not shrimp; shouldn’t it be vice-versa?

God bless the nice people at Spaghetti Eddie’s for trying with Deep-Fried Buckeyes (⋆, $6), but everyone’s favorite chocolate-peanut butter no-bake cookie deserves better. Way better.

On paper, the Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Legs (⋆, $14) and Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob (⋆, $6) at Texas Steak Out sound mouth-wateringly fantastic. Alas, both were cooked into near-oblivion.

Deep-Fried Breakfast on a Stick (⋆, $8) at the Sandwich Shop wraps a pancake around a kitchen-sink combo of eggs, sausage, sliced ham and American and Swiss cheeses. Next comes the batter-and-deep-fry thing, with ponderous results.

Rock bottom? The artless Schnitzel Strips (⋆, $8) at Smoothies and Jurassic Dogs. Truly, the less said, the better.


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