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Going to the State Fair? Here are your handy what-to-eat guides.

The Minnesota State Fair's motto could be, "So many food choices, so little time." To help sort out the Fairground's 500-plus food choices, let the Star Tribune be your guide. 

For critic Rick Nelson's rundown on what to eat -- and what to avoid -- among 2016's new food-and-drink picks (all 47 of them, including Spam Sushi, pictured above and available at the Sushi Roll in the Warner Coliseum), go here.

Every year for the past 16 years, Rick has been ranking new Fairgrounds foods on the State Fair's first day. Click here for a greatest-hits revisit of those previous excursions. There's a Hall of Fame, too.

Looking for breakfast? Click here for Rick's suggestions (from 2015) on where to breakfast at the fair.

Everyone has their can't-miss State Fair food stands. Click here for eight of Rick's.

Finally, burger fans in search of a bargain should go no further than this fairgrounds mega-deal. It's true: there's actually a hamburger at the Great Overpriced Minnesota Get-Together that's just $2.25.

Ecopolitan, the city's only raw-foods restaurant, closes

Ecopolitan, the Twin Cities' only raw-foods restaurant, has abruptly closed, after a 15-year run.

The casual restaurant (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo) specialized in organic, vegan, raw, gluten-free fare, and boasted an exceptional juice and smoothie bar.

The environmentally-conscious operation, located at 24th and Lyndale in south Minneapolis, was one of the nation's first raw-foods restaurants, a pioneer in the gustatory movement that lies well to the left of vegetarianism and a few steps beyond the vegans. It's a serious crusade, one based upon the sound principle that unadulterated foods best preserve the nutrients - as well as the flavors - that can get compromised or just plain lost in the conventional cooking process.

"Ecopolitan restaurant in MInneapolis has closed its doors after 15 years of serving the community," says the message on the restaurant's voicemail. "The non-profit corporation that owned it is being dissolved."

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