Ranking all 47 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair (and where to find them)

Ranking all 47 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair (and where to find them)

47 new foods. Ten hours. One critic. Rick Nelson sampled it all at the State Fair; $450 later, here's his take.

Eight great State Fair food stands

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Eight great State Fair food stands
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.

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

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Stick with these Minnesota State Fair classic foods

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Star Tribune food critic Rick Nelson stands in line for Spam curds.

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Burger Friday at the Minnesota State Fair!

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A mouthful: Rick Nelson tries all the new fair foods — and tells all

Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson put in a marathon day at the Minnesota State Fair, attempting to sample every new food offered for 2016. Let out your belt and follow along.
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August 24

Is everybody happy? At Eastside, the answer is "yes."

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August 24

Hall of Fame food at the Minnesota State Fair

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Sweet and savory work together in peach pizza

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Keep those wines at the right summer temperature

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August 24

Looking for the best waffles in the Twin Cities? Today's the day

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August 23

High-end, hand-cut ice is a must for Minnesota's cocktail culture

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The evolution of the ice cube

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What do Twin Cities chefs eat at the Minnesota State Fair?

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