As promised, here is Part II of the guest post from Twitter pal Amber her food showdown at Target Field. If you missed Part I, you can find it right here. Just remember to try to play nice in the comments. Also, Amber wishes to thank her darling mother in addition to all the other folks who were at the game. Amber?
Dueling Delis: The Carving Station Pork Sandwich vs. Murray's Steak Sandwich
I kind of botched this one up. In the 3rd Base Lounge you can go to either a carving station or get the Murray's Steak Sandwich. On the first night the carving station had a big cow carcass that the lady assured us was better than the Murray's; it looked like this:
Well, I was already too full so I decided to save it for the second night. Wrong: the second night was honey mustard & herb pork. Since I was really committed to eating, I went for it anyway and it was dry. There were 3 bowls of some sort of mystery sauces that weren't labeled, so I picked the one that seemed like it might be some sort of spicy mustard. I'm still not really sure what it was, but it didn't change the fact that the pork could suck the moisture out of your mouth faster than a Sham-Wow.
Thank God for Murray's. The steak sandwich was cooked perfectly, topped with yummy caramel-y onions, and just delish. My only complaint is that there was no horseradish, which I feel is a staple for any steak sandwich. It comes jam-packed into a nice, crusty roll, so you don't have to worry about the bun getting all soggy and falling apart. You can also get some nice thick-cut fries, which regrettably don't come with malted vinegar and mayo. The wait here was a bit longer, but worth it if you don't like getting cotton mouth from food.
Decision goes to: Murray's Steak Sandwich - hands down
The State Fair Grand Stand-Off: Walleye on a Stick vs. Shrimp on a Stick
As I'm sure the entire world knows, Minnesotans love their walleye and will take anything they can get "on a stick". Naturally, in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Walleye on a Stick is Sven & Ole's ultimate fantasy. My fantasy? Not so much. It didn't really taste like anything other than "deep fried". They offer tartar sauce, but it's nothing special - just some prepackaged stuff. Maybe I'm just not Minnesotan enough...for shame!
The Shrimp on a Stick were just as lack-luster. I can't remember how much they cost, but $8.50 stands out in my mind. I hope that stick was made out of Tibetan Teak, because I'm pretty sure this was something I could've made at home with some I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray and Mrs. Dash. Not to mention I had to wait about 6 minutes to get them (which could've been due to it being top of the 9th).
Decision goes to: the cheese curds one of my friends had. They were just as salty and cheesy and curdy as they should be.
The decision overall goes to Kramarczuk's Polish sausage, because it's a great variation on traditional stadium grub. In the very near future I'd like to officiate a contest between the Turkey Leg vs. Pork Chop on a Stick, and Tony O's Cuban vs. Jucy Lucy vs. the Vincent Burger, and take into consideration any other recommendations. I have to give special thanks to C. Banks, D-Mc, Emily, Ben, and Steve -- you all made it possible for me to cram my face to such deplorable proportions.