If you’ve only ever gone to the Minnesota State Fair in the afternoon or evening, you’re missing out on some pretty delicious breakfast options.
While technically the gates of the Minnesota State Fair open at 7:00 a.m., you may not find all of the breakfast foods available until 8:00 (when the Food Building opens) or 9:00 (when most everything at the fair is officially open).
Given how the fairgrounds are relatively quiet those first few hours of the day, it's definitely worth getting there early and sampling some of the fare on offer.
Here are our picks for delicious breakfast items at the fair:
Blue Moon Dine-In-Theater
Location: Northeast corner of Carnes Avenue and Chambers Street
This dine-in restaurant serves an impressive array of breakfast items, including andouille breakfast sandwiches, blueberry, strawberry or chocolate chip waffles, cheesy hash browns, monkey bread, and a "hangover" breakfast sandwich.
Location: North side of Judson Avenue between Stevens & Liggett streets, outside the Horse Barn.
For those who are looking for some traditional breakfast items, check out Hansen’s Foods, which serves up eggs, omelets, bacon and egg sandwiches, hash browns, breakfast sausage corn dogs, and fry bread with cinnamon-sugar.
The Blue Barn
Location: At West End Market, south of the History & Heritage Center
Breakfast gnocchi ($11.75) is one of the official new foods of the fair. A bed of gnocchi is topped with all the breakfast fixings, including scrambled eggs, bacon, pesto cream, shallots, and a balsamic glaze.
We tried it and thought it was pretty good – though we know it's not been to everyone's tastes (we're looking at you, Racket MN). Nonetheless, it's a unique breakfast option.
The Blue Barn also served French toast bites and chicken in a waffle.
Buni’s Cinnamon Rolls
Location: Northwest corner of Judson Avenue and Liggett Street
The sweetest, gooiest way to start your day: Grab a plain cinnamon roll ($8) or one that is loaded with pecans ($9) from Buni’s Cinnamon Rolls.
2 Church Dining Halls
Hamline Church Dining Hall location: North side of Dan Patch Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets
Salem Lutheran Church Dining Hall: North side of Randall Avenue south of the Progress Center
Calling all early birds: Both the Hamline Church Dining Hall and the Salem Lutheran Church Dining Hall open at 7 a.m. Both are great places to sit down and enjoy a leisurely homemade breakfast.
Hamline serves up breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy, hash browns, cereal, fruit, muffins, breakfast blueberry pancakes, and the bestselling breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 sausages, and 2 pancakes.
Salem serves breakfast sandwiches, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and Swedish egg coffee.
If you need your morning coffee or a caffeine boost later in the day, various vendors at the fair have you covered:
Many other vendors serve coffee, as well.