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.

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