Andrew Zimmern reveals some of his Minnesota State Fair food favorites

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Chef Andrew Zimmern is infamous for his stomach of steel and affinity for, well, bizarre foods.

However, in a recent blog post, he revealed that his taste for traditional State Fair fare is just as strong as ever. While he mentioned the usual suspects -- mini donuts, foot-long hot dogs, and french fries -- there were a few foods that stood out on his list.

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Here's what Zimmern had to say about the Italian-inspired eats at Gizmo:

If I could pick only one state fair food, this would be it. Ground beef and Italian sausage covered in their secret red sauce and seasonings, topped with melted mozzarella cheese and served on a delicious toasted Italian roll. It's like an Italian sandwich torpedo.

Zimmern sang praises for the delightfully crunchy, fried Cajun pork skins Famous Dave's fair booth.

He also mentioned a cool (literally) twist on an old fair favorite: popcorn. Blue Moon Dine-In Theater is dipping their carmel corn into liquid nitrogen for a snack perfect on a scorcher. (You might remember this spot won rave reviews, including our award for Best State Fair Food, for its sweet corn ice cream last year.)

To see all of Zimmern's must-eats at the State Fair, visit his blog.



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Emily Scott
Emily Scott

Glad to be missing another state fair..

Heather June
Heather June

Nathan Carlson.. im so sad you wint be going w me

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Andrew Zimmerman is a dick, so why do we care what he thinks?

Mike Beck
Mike Beck

Cheese curds, fried pickles, and Sweet Martha's (with an ice cold glass of milk.)

BigLex SouthSide WherevaImat
BigLex SouthSide WherevaImat

Australian potatoes, sweet martha's cookies, deep fried pickles, alligator nuggets, cheese curds, corn on the cob, cheese on a stick, mini donuts, funnel cake

Nathan Anderson
Nathan Anderson

I'm a big fan of Giggles Campfire Grill in general. Deep Fried Bacon and Walleye Cakes from there are right up at the top of my list. The Twisted Sister in the Food building is a new like. I always get a Scotch Egg every year but honestly they are not very good Scotch Eggs... I think they sit there too long or are overcooked so a not as juicy or flavorful as they should be. Still tasty but I'll take Brit's or The Depot's in Minneapolis over the Fair's any day.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

bacon wrapped shrimp and the ice cream at the dairy building

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