Record number of new State Fair foods, but which ones are best?

Record number of new State Fair foods, but which ones are best?

Quantity wins over quality in this year's nod to over-the-top excess in a season that boasts the most-ever new State Fair foods. We sampled dozens of offerings and rated them all.

Twin Cities chefs share their State Fair food favorites

August 29
Twin Cities chefs share their State Fair food favorites
What's on your list of once-a-year treats at the Minnesota State Fair? We asked a dozen Twin Cities chefs for their favorites.

Nothing better than breakfast at the Minnesota State Fair

August 27
Nothing better than breakfast at the Minnesota State Fair
The most underrated food category at the Minnesota State Fair? Breakfast. Think about it. The crowds? Thin. The parking? Easy. The heat? Coming later. The prices? Reasonable.
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September 2

Hydrating in non-alcoholic style at the State Fair

Let’s face facts: It’s just plain fun to drink from a straw stuck in a hollowed-out pineapple.
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September 2

Let's chill out at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

The Minnesota State Fair has long been a magnet for ice cream lovers, and this year, the selection is better than ever. Here's a rundown on 15 different ways to turn down the heat at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
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Rick Nelson gives you his take on what's on the menu — good and bad — at Twin Cities restaurants.
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September 2

Counter Intelligence: Hockey great Lou Nanne's steakhouse taking over Romano's in Edina

A steakhouse for NanneOne of the most recognized names in Minnesota sports history is going to be lighting up a restaurant marquee on a busy…
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September 2

Reach for the domestic version of the Oktoberfest beer

There are many great versions of the traditional German fall lager that are made in the U.S.
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September 1

North Star legend Lou Nanne putting his name on Edina steakhouse

The owner of Rojo Mexican Grill and Ling & Louie's is partnering with the hockey legend on an Edina steakhouse.
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August 29

Ranking the food at the State Fair

HOW THE FOODS RANK ⋆⋆⋆⋆ Exceptional ⋆⋆⋆ Highly recommended ⋆⋆ Recommended ⋆ Satisfactory ⋆⋆⋆⋆ Butter Chicken Samosas at Hot Indian Foods,…
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August 29

Wine of the week: 2013 Höpler "Pannonica”

Austria produces some really nice red wines, but grape names such as zweigelt and blaufränkisch haven’t exactly helped sell them. Maybe a delicious blend like…
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August 28

The Finger Lakes region produces choice wine, which can be a model for Minnesota vintners

Buzz-worthy “upstate” region is producing some choice stuff, and can be a model of sorts for Minnesota vintners.
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August 27

Rick Nelson tries every new State Fair food – and tells all

Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson is in for a marathon day at the Minnesota State Fair, sampling every new food offered for 2015. Let out your belt and follow along.
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August 26

Four-star Burch to launch Sunday brunch

The Lowry Hill steakhouse is going where no other Isaac Becker-run restaurant has gone before: Sunday brunch. The bad news: We'll have to wait until late September.
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August 26

Linden Hills gains Swedish restaurant

For Erick Harcey, chef/owner of Victory 44, inspiration for Upton 43 comes from his late grandfather, Willard Ramberg, a chef and a “hard-core Swede.”
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August 22

Wine of the week: Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc.

Few domestic whites “punch up above their weight class,” year in and year out, more adeptly than the Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc. The…
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August 21

New chef at Mattie's on Main makes all the difference

Nathan Docken has completely revamped the menu at the Riverplace restaurant, starting with a must-have Cheddar cheeseburger.
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August 21

Counter intelligence: Local restaurants getting national attention; openings and closings

Closings, and openings Sorry to report the demise of the Blue Point Restaurant & Oyster Bar (739 E. Lake St., Wayzata), which quietly closed…
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August 20

Who cooked for Woody Harrelson in Twin Cities? Birchwood's star chef

When Woody Harrelson came to the Twin Cities to make a movie earlier this summer, Birchwood Cafe chef Marshall Paulsen helped keep the star on his raw foods diet.
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August 19

Pair those State Fair foods ... with wines

Our favorite State Fair foods needn't be relegated to Falcon Heights. Enjoy them at home, paired with suitable wines.
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August 19

Il Foro chef takes Master of the Market title for corn soup

Joe Rolle of Il Foro topped the Minneapolis Farmers Market competition with a veggie-laden corn soup.
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August 19

Recipe: Piquillo Stuffed Peppers With Saffron Risotto

Piquillo Stuffed Peppers With Saffron RisottoServes 4. Note: Piquillo peppers are roasted and packed into jars for sale, available at many supermarkets. Roasted red peppers…
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August 17

Tiny park to add green appeal to North Loop

What was once an alley between the new Askov Finlayson men's store and a soon-to-open cafe at the Bachelor Farmer is a welcome retreat in the neighborhood.
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August 15

Recipe: Sweet Corn-Red Pepper-Zucchini Chowder

Sweet Corn-Red Pepper-Zucchini ChowderServes 6 to 8.Note: Adapted from “The Daily Soup Cookbook,” by Leslie Kaul, Bob Spiegel, Carla Ruben and Peter Siegel with Robin…

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