Minnesotans know no one understands Minnesota better than Minnesotans. So it's always fun to see an outsider's take on the quintessential Minnesota things.
The latest example: This Food Network list of the state's "most iconic dishes."
There are 20 total dishes – some are specific and even come with recommendations on where to get that dish (like Polish sausage at Kramarczuk's). Others are a bit more broad, like "pie." Just, all pie (though with a recommendation of New Scenic Café to get pie).
A few that really make sense?
Wild rice soup – Yep, that's legitimately Minnesotan.
Juicy Lucy – Wherever you stand on the official origin, yes it's definitely ours.
Craft beer – Minnesota owns this space, so this pick checks out.
But there are some uh, curious or weirdly specific picks too.
"Bar cookies" – This was almost a good pick, but they're just bars, Food Network.
Blueberry walnut pancakes – Why? Because northern Minnesota is "the land of blueberries" Food Network says (and sure they're popular but, "the land of blueberries?"), and Al's Breakfast in Minneapolis serves them. Sure.
Turkey burger – Minnesota has a lot of turkey farms (accurate), so Minnesotans "know what they're doing when it comes to cooking turkey."
Anyways, that's only a portion of the list. Check out the full thing here when you're done eating your grape salad during dinner tonight.