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Which food stands accept credit cards at the Minnesota State Fair?

Many food and drink stands don't take cards – but some do.
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This story is part of our 2017 Minnesota State Fair Music, Food & Beer Guide.

If you've never found yourself searching for the nearest ATM at the Minnesota State Fair, you're more organized than us.

While card payments are ubiquitous these days, cash is still king at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

There are some food and drink stands that will accept cards, but unfortunately the Minnesota State Fair doesn't keep a list because "it changes every year."

So GoMN has been in touch with as many food and drink vendors as we could find on the Minnesota State Fair website to ask if they take card payments.

Here are the ones that have gotten back to us confirming they take cards. This list will be updated when we get more confirmations.

Food and drink stands that take cards

Andy's Grille – Carnes Ave. between Chambers and Nelson streets.

Cinnie Smiths – Murphy Ave. between Underwood and Cooper streets.

The Donut Family – Mighty Midway

Farmers Union Coffee Shop Dan Patch Ave. between Cooper and Cosgrove streets.

Hamline Dining Hall – Dan Patch Ave. between Underwood and Cooper streets.

Island Noodles (also accepts Apple Pay) – International Bazaar.

Land of 10,000 Beers Exhibit – Agriculture Horticulture Building.

Lolligobs – Inside the Coliseum 

OOF-Da Tacos – Corner of Dan Patch Ave. and Cooper St.

O'Gara's (only if you're in a large group and let them know in advance) – corner of Dan Patch Ave. and Cosgrove St. 

Robbinsdale OES Dining Hall – Underwood St. between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues.

Rutana's Hot Apple Dumplings – Randall Ave., southwest of the Progress Center

Sausage Sisters – Food Building, east wall. 

Smokey's Char-Broiler – Murphy Ave. between Underwood and Cooper streets.

Spaghetti Eddie's Pizza and Pasta – East side of Cooper Street, outside the Merchandise Mart.

Texas Tater Twisters – Underwood St. between Lee and Randall avenues.

The Hideaway Speakeasy – Upper Grandstand, west section.

The Strawberry PatchLiggett St. between Carnes and Judson avenues.

Tot Boss – Underwood St. between Wright and Dan Patch avenues.

Ultimate Confections – Grandstand, on the lower level in the southeast corner.

West Indies Soul Food – International Bazaar.

There are more than 300 vendors at the fair and not all of them have an internet presence, so we contacted as many as we could find details for (around two-thirds in total).

Some of these may well accept cards too, so you can always ask. But the limited number of vendors on this list shows that you really do need cash at the fair.

Other places cards are accepted

The most obvious place you can use credit cards is at the Minnesota State Fair Ticket Office.

You can also use them at all admission gates (except Canfield Street, Gate #14) and the ticket booths for Mighty Midway and Kidway. 

Given they're not as busy as food stands and they deal in higher-value goods, you can expect a decent number of merchandise stalls will also accept credit and debit cards.

Any places we've missed? Let us know via news@gomn.com.

This story is part of our 2017 Minnesota State Fair Music, Food & Beer Guide.

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