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New State Fair Foods 2017: The Meta Review

Newspaper article

New State Fair Foods 2017: The Meta Review

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Giant egg roll on a stick, pizzarito, or both?

To save you time as you battle crowds and weigh your culinary options at the Minnesota State Fair, MinnPost compiled a roundup of what Twin Cities food critics thought of this year's newest, greasiest and most original fair fare, based on news stories and tweets.

Here's what Heavy Table, the Star Tribune's Rick Nelson, City Pages, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and WCCO's Jason DeRusha thought:

(Please note, these are MinnPosters' interpretations of stories and tweets, which weren't always a straight thumbs-up or thumbs-down.)

Food Heavy Table Star Tribune City Pages Mpls.St.Paul Jason DeRusha

Slow-Roasted Pork Mole Tamale -- Tejas Express Positive Positive Positive Positive Positive

Giant Egg Roll on a Stick -- Que Viet Positive Neutral Positive Positive Positive

Sonora Sausage -- Sausage Sister and Me Positive Positive Positive Neutral

Breakfast Bake -- Wild Bill's Positive Positive Mixed Positive

Pie'n the Sky Malt -- Dairy Goodness Bar in the Dairy Building Mixed Positive Positive Neutral Positive

Garlic Cream Cheese Wontons -- Que Viet Positive Neutral Positive

Pecan Marble Sundae -- Bridgemans Positive Positive

Duck Bacon Wontons -- Giggles Positive Positive Negative Positive Positive

Vietnamese Iced Cold Press Coffee -- Que Viet Positive Positive

S'moresas -- Hot Indian Foods Positive Positive Positive

Flavored Cheese Curds -- Miller's Negative Mixed Positive Positive

Bacon Fluffernutter -- The Sandwich Shop Positive Negative Positive Positive

Deviation Stout Steak Taco Naan -- San Felipe Tacos Positive Positive Mixed Neutral

S'More Fun Ice Cream -- Izzy's Positive Positive

Swing Dancer Sandwich -- Hideaway Speakeasy Positive Positive Mixed

Italian Bomba Sandwich -- Mancini's Positive Positive Negative Positive Positive

Waffle Cone -- Waffle Cones Negative Positive

Chocolate Popover with Peanut Butter Spread -- LuLu's Public House Negative Positive Positive Negative

Triple Truffle Trotters -- Blue Barn Positive Negative Positive Positive

Sweet Corn Blueberry Eclair -- Farmers Union Negative Positive Positive Neutral

Hill Country Beef Pocket Positive Neutral

Dill Pickle Beer -- Giggles Positive Mixed Positive Positive

Solar Honey Swirl Ice Cream -- Minnesota Honey Producers Association Positive

Chili Maple Bacon Donut -- Farmers Union Positive Neutral

Triple Truffle Trotters -- The Blue Barn Mixed Positive Negative Positive

Pizzarito -- Green Mill Positive Positive Negative Positive

Maple Cream Nitro Cold Press Coffee -- Farmers Union Negative Neutral Positive Positive

Strawberry Bubble Tea -- Que Viet Positive

Double Dose of Pork Belly -- RC's BBQ Positive Neutral Positive Positive Positive

S'mores Ice Cream -- Hamline Church Dining Hall Positive Positive

Cranberry Wild Rice Meatballs -- Hamline Church Dining Hall Neutral Positive Positive

Spicy Thai Noodles -- Oodles of Noodles Positive Neutral Negative Positive

Brown Ale and Onion-Gouda Pie -- Sarah's Tipsy Pies Negative Positive Negative Neutral

Bowl o' Dough -- Blue Moon Dine-In Theater Negative Neutral Mixed Neutral

Fall Guy Breakfast Panini -- Hideaway Speakeasy Positive Negative Neutral

Breakfast Buddy Bowl -- Lulu's Public House Positive Negative Neutral

Hefeweizen Gelato -- Mancini's al Fresco Neutral

Mini Sconuts -- French Meadow Bakery and Cafe Mixed Negative Positive Positive

Cherry Bombs -- Vegie Fries Negative Mixed Mixed Negative

Polish Corn Dog Neutral Positive

Thai Rolled Ice Cream -- Rainbow Ice Cream Neutral Positive

Blazin' Deep-fried Green Olives Neutral Neutral

Capone's Caprese -- Hideaway Neutral

Cheesy Nacho Corn on the Cob -- Texas Stakeout Negative Neutral Mixed Negative

Mobster Caviar -- Hideaway Speakeasy Positive Negative Negative Negative

Sweeties Churros -- Potato Man and Sweety Negative Mixed Mixed Neutral

Bacon Up Pup -- Granny's Kitchen Fudge Puppies Negative Mixed Negative Negative

Swine and Spuds -- Swine and Spuds Negative Negative Negative Negative

Honey Puffs (Loukamades) -- Dino's Gyros Mixed Negative Negative Neutral Negative

Deep-Fried Avocado -- O'Gara's Mixed Negative Negative Negative

Memphis Totchos -- Snack House Negative Negative Negative Negative

Turkey Ribs -- Turkey to Go Positive

Credit: MinnPost staff

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