Bacon-Stuffed Tots, Blue Barn, West End Market, $8.95. More like croquettes than Tots (which is a good thing) and the bacon is great. The bacon fat in

Ranking every new Minnesota State Fair food from best to worst

It was a banner year for new food at the fair, and our restaurant critic tried every single new offering.
Blue Moon sandwich.
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13 great places to eat breakfast at the State Fair

August 29
Insiders know that an ideal time to enjoy the Minnesota State Fair is in the morning.
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Open wide: Rick Nelson tries new fair foods — and tells all

August 25, 2016
Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson is done after a marathon day at the Minnesota State Fair of sampling every new food. Need ideas?
Each year since 1999, Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson has tried the new foods on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair. Nelson photogra
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How our food critic tackles 40 new Minnesota State Fair foods in one day

August 27
For 20 years, Rick Nelson has walked calmly into the fair's chaos of consumables and separated the edible from the inedible.
Kylie Yu, center, chowed down on sweet corn with her younger brothers, Michael, left, and Charlie, at the Minnesota State Fair in 2015.
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Minnesota State Fair's Corn Roast becomes third stand to be certified kosher

August 24
It follows the previous certifications of Fresh French Fries and Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar.
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A day full of eating: Rick Nelson tries new fair foods — and tells all

August 25, 2016
Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson is in for a marathon day at the Minnesota State Fair, attempting to sample every new food offered for 2017. Let out your belt and follow along.
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Ranking all 47 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair (and where to find them)

September 2, 2016
47 new foods. Ten hours. One critic. Rick Nelson sampled it all at the State Fair; $450 later, here's his take.
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Eight great State Fair food stands

August 29, 2016
The Minnesota State Fair features nearly 500 food items (and yes, more than 80 are served on a stick), sold at 300-plus vendors. Restaurant critic Rick Nelson salutes eight of his favorites.