Most people go to the Minnesota State Fair with a mental checklist of foods they have to get.
A typical list may include cheese curds, sweet corn, and Sweet Martha’s Cookies. My list includes fried green tomatoes, a corn dog, and a tipsy pie.
And while we all have our lists, there are undoubtedly delicious foods that we miss.
After all, there’s only so much one person can eat. Why waste your appetite and money on something you may not enjoy?
Lucky for you, we’re here to suggest some more hidden food gems at the Minnesota State Fair.
Without further ado…
The Big Pepper
Where to find it: West side of Liggett Street between Carnes & Judson avenues
I’ve been coming to the fair for more than 30 years, and this is the first time I’ve ever noticed the large green pepper-shaped stand outside of the horse barn on the east side.
I’m so glad I stopped this year.
I loved their fried green pepper rings – a great option for those of you who like fried green tomatoes or fried pickles. The green pepper rings are a milder choice, fried to perfection.
I also tried the fried ravioli, topped with homemade tomato sauce.
This is Big Pepper’s 40th year at the fair. Pay them a visit and try some of their delicious foods!
Where to find it: The Produce Exchange, northwest corner of Carnes Avenue and Underwood Street
In 2018, the grilled peach was introduced as a new food to much acclaim.
I’m here, in 2019, to remind you to not forget about it. It was the best peach dish I’ve ever tried. The peach was perfectly ripe, and topped with Greek yogurt and pie crust crumbs.
It’s light and fresh. Take a break from the deep fried stuff and treat yourself to this.
Minnesota Honey Producers
Where to find it: On the north side of the Horticulture building.
The honey ice cream products at Minnesota Honey Producers came highly recommended.
The honey cream soda float was one of the new foods for 2018. But I’d consider this drink (and this food stand) a hidden gem because it’s nestled cozily on the outer border of the Agriculture Horticulture building.
Grab a shady spot nearby, and enjoy the natural sweetness of the honey cream soda float or a scoop of honey ice cream drizzled with more honey.
$2.50 pizza at the Pizza Wagon
Where to find it: West side of Liggett Street, north of the Mighty Midway
When the Pizza Wagon opened in 1970, they were selling pizza for 25 cents a slice.
Today, a slice goes for 10 times that price – $2.50 – but it’s still a great deal considering average fair prices.
$2.00 hamburger at Mike’s Hamburgers
Where to find it: Northeast corner of Carnes Avenue & Nelson Street.
Is it the best hamburger you’ll ever have? No. But it’s a shockingly good deal, especially at the State Fair.
These are 1980s prices, people!
While you’re planning your trip to the fair, keep these hidden gems in mind. You might just find a new favorite food!
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