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The machete quesadilla, aka the machetazo, from Machete Cocina Mexicana, is nearly two feet long and packs up to five fillings in a house-made corn to
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Hungry enough for a 2-foot-long quesadilla?

November 14, 2019

Is Woodbury a land of giants?

For there, among the biggest of the big box stores, in one strip mall out of dozens, is a meal fit for a titan.  Read more

Chef Joshua Hedquist of Giulia makes fresh mozzarella cheese.
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Extreme 6-foot cheese pull takes center stage at new downtown Mpls. restaurant

May 14, 2019

Chef Joshua Hedquist reached his hand up, and with it, pulled one end of a pliant white rope. It stretched like chewing gum, getting longer and stringier as his hand stretched farther up toward the soaring coffered ceiling in the drop-dead-gorgeous former bank lobby that’s now the northern Italian restaurant Giulia.

When his left arm had gone as high as it could, Hedquist drew the right one out in the other direction, so that the rope lengthened across his body to a wingspan of 6 feet.  Read more

Copper Cow’s deep-fried burger.
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Deep-fried burger at new Minnetonka restaurant is like eating at fair year-round

February 22, 2019

Chef Kyle Darling was skeptical when his boss suggested a particular dish she wanted on the menu at the new Copper Cow Bar & Kitchen in Minnetonka.

Danielle Bjorling, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Chris, asked Darling to make a deep-fried burger. Not just the patty. The whole thing, bun and all.  Read more

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Minneapolis BBQ trailer's 'meat tornado' is a storm of a sandwich

Served outside of a popular taproom, the 'meat tornado' is buckling with ribs, sausage, bacon and so much cheese.
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St. Paul's gourmet cotton candy shop hits big with wild bacon, mojito flavors

A Keg and Case Market vendor takes the fair confection in a new direction.
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New Juicy Lucy pizza at Giordano's pays cheesy homage to classic burger

The Chicago-style pizzeria has concocted a head-scratching take on our beloved cheese-stuffed burger.
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New Minnesota Nice Cream shop tops its tie-dye cones with edible glitter

The Minneapolis ice cream shop is a hit on social media because of its over-the-top creations.
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Ranking every new Minnesota State Fair food from best to worst

It was a banner year for new food at the fair, and our restaurant critic tried every single new offering.
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Doughnuts the size of your head are being served up at a Twin Cities bakery

The so-called Texas doughnut at Hans' Bakery is the equivalent of five regular doughnuts.
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You'll need a group to down this 15-pound ice cream sandwich in St. Paul

Sebastian Joe's ice cream is slathered between two pizza-sized cookies from T-Rex.
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Flaming cocktail at Mpls. bar puts on a light show for daring customers

The over-the-top drink burns blue and comes with a hefty price tag.
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3-foot-long bratwurst welcomes challengers at NE. Mpls. German restaurant

The Meterbratwurst challenge at Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit is an Oktoberfest favorite.
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Only in Minnesota: Minneapolis eatery tops its hot dog with hot dish

The MPLS Dog is the latest contender in a field crowded with Chicagos and Coneys.
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Meet Sweet Martha, who brings in $4M in 12 days selling cookies at the fair

At the Minnesota State Fair, the Sweet Martha's operation can now produce up to 3 million cookies on its busiest day.
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10 foods on a stick you have to try at the Minnesota State Fair

From a juicy Scotch egg to mashed potatoes, here are some essential State Fair stick foods.

Pronto Pup or corn dog? Loyalists take sides at Minnesota State Fair

It's the ultimate State Fair showdown — Pronto Pups vs. corn dogs.
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Bacon ice cream, bacon beer: Minnesota State Fair goes hog wild for bacon

It's the year of bacon at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
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Can't pick a flavor? Izzy's packs 32 scoops of ice cream into one dish

The Twin Cities ice cream institution offers a massive sampler platter — and you keep the dish.
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Where's the beef? Innovative St. Paul vegan restaurant does a spot-on Big Mac

J. Selby's vegan McDonald's knockoff is the restaurant's biggest seller.
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Alcoholic malts, shakes fuel St. Paul's grown-up mini golf playground

Can Can Wonderland serves milkshakes for grown-ups, using ingredients like cereal and cheese powder.
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The Juicy Lucy: Two bars battling since 1950s over Minnesota's famous burger

Two Minneapolis dive bars claim to have invented the Juicy Lucy, the legendary cheese-stuffed burger.
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St. Paul restaurant challenges diners to down 10 pounds of pho in 45 minutes

Watch a competitive eater take on a 10-pound vat of steaming Vietnamese soup.
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Enormous 3-pound steak has its own fan club at Manny's in Minneapolis

The $100 3-pound rib-eye is one of the largest steaks on a Minnesota menu that isn't a food challenge. This storied slab of meat is just a solid, inches-thick, bone-in steak, fit for Fred Flintstone.
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'Super Mario Kart'-inspired rainbow doughnuts are a hit in Minneapolis skyway

Cardigan Donuts' "Rainbow Road" is a technicolor pastry dripping in nostalgia — and Lucky Charms marshmallows.
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Twin Cities' most influential Instagram food star is a suburban working mom

With more than 30,000 followers, social media star Kim Ly Curry has passion, persistence and "food porn"-quality photos. "Am I food-obsessed? Yes. I just love everything food."

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