Pop Quiz: New Minnesota State Fair Foods


As a news, media, or information source in the state of Minnesota, we’re required by law to make mention of the new foods at this year’s State Fair. So we figured we’d do a pop quiz and see if you can tell which of the following insane culinary concoctions are real, and which we’ve made up. Answers here.

Bacon Fluffernutter: Grilled cinnamon bun sandwich with a bacon, peanut butter and marshmallow cream filling.
At The Sandwich Stop, located on the west side of Clough St. between Carnes & Judson avenues

Brown Ale and Onion-Gouda Tipsy Pie: Onions caramelized in Lift Bridge Brewery’s Chestnut Hill Brown Ale with smoked Gouda cheese, baked in a pie crust, topped with an onion sugar and drizzled with a sweet beer glaze.
At Sara’s Tipsy Pies, located in the Food Building, south wall

Cheesy Nacho Corn on the Cob: Roasted corn on the cob lightly coated with crushed Dorito® corn chips and nacho cheese.
At Texas Steak Out, located on the west side of Underwood St. between Lee & Randall avenues

Cherry Bombs: Red licorice dipped in batter, deep-fried and dusted with powdered sugar.
At Vegie Fries, located on the north side of Dan Patch Ave. between Underwood & Cooper streets

Deep-Fried Avocado: Avocado slices dipped in a lightly seasoned batter, deep-fried and served with chipotle ranch dipping sauce.
At O’Gara’s at the Fair, located at the southwest corner of Dan Patch Ave. & Cosgrove St.

Deviation Stout Steak Taco Naan: Steak marinated in Modist Deviation 004 – Mexican Dark Chocolate Stout beer, grilled and topped with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, queso fresco, cilantro lime and jalapeño ranch sauces, and wrapped in warm naan flatbread.
At San Felipe Tacos, located in the Food Building, east wall

Double Dose of Pork Belly: 100% ground pork belly burger topped with crisp smoked pork belly, pepper jack cheese, coleslaw and pickled onions, served on a toasted bun.
At RC’s BBQ, located on the north side of West Dan Patch Ave. between Liggett & Chambers streets

Duck Bacon Wontons: Duck bacon, grilled sweet corn and cream cheese combined inside deep-fried crescent-shaped wontons and served with dipping sauce.
At Giggles’ Campfire Grill, located at the southeast corner of Lee Ave. & Cooper St. at The North Woods

Maple Cream Nitro Cold Press Coffee: Locally sourced heavy cream and maple syrup in a cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen.
At Farmers Union Coffee Shop, located on the north side of Dan Patch Ave. between Cooper & Cosgrove streets

Memphis Totchos: Sliced bananas and sautéed bacon over tater tots, topped with peanut sauce.
At Snack House, located in the Warner Coliseum, south concourse

Mini Sconuts: Buttermilk scone holes filled with chocolate, marshmallow and Nutella®, deep-fried and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar. (Gluten-free)
At French Meadow Bakery & Cafe, located on the north side of Carnes Ave. between Nelson & Underwood streets

Mobster’s Caviar: Cream cheese dip with crab meat, green onions, fresh red pepper and water chestnuts, served with whole wheat flatbread crackers.
At The Hideaway Speakeasy, located in the Veranda, Grandstand upper level, northwest section

Pizzarito: Flour tortilla filled with pepperoni, Italian sausage, risotto, mozzarella and marinara, coated with garlic butter, parmesan and Italian spices, baked and served with a side of marinara.
At Green Mill, located on the east side of Cooper St. between Randall & Wright avenues, at Family Fair at Baldwin Park

Spicy Thai Noodles: Rice noodles and red curry with coconut milk served with kaffir lime, basil leaves, bell peppers, galangal, onions and tomatoes. (Gluten-free)
At Oodles of Noodles, located in the Food Building, east wall

Swindler Sandwich: Honey smoked salmon, cucumbers, capers and cream cheese with fresh dill on pumpernickel, served with sliced lemon garnish.
At The Hideaway Speakeasy, located in the Veranda, Grandstand upper level, northwest section

Swine & Spuds: Bacon-wrapped pork belly and mashed potato croquettes served on a skewer and topped with a choice of homestyle gravy, Korean Bulgogi barbeque sauce or sweet chili sauce.
At Swine & Spuds, located in the Warner Coliseum, northeast corner

Triple Truffle Trotters: Sliced peppers and bacon with black diamond truffle oil mayo on top of waffle fries.
At The Blue Barn, located at West End Market, south of the History & Heritage Center

Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair

Quick Q+A: Tom Letness + Polyester In Odorama!


To be honest, we were going to only have one event pick for today—the screening of the 35mm print of auteur John Waters’ Polyester, a fantastic dark comedy about late 70s suburbia starring a monumental performance from Waters muse Divine with corresponding Odorama! smelling cards! However, the movie, with it outlandish characters, weird fetishes, abortion jokes—that’s just the tip of the Polyester iceberg—frankly isn’t for everyone. So we gave you some more mainstream event options. 

But if you have any sense of cinematic adventure, or just want to have some fun, head to the Heights Theater tonight to see and sniff the movie. We were so excited about the screening that we quick checked in with Heights owner Tom Letness to mentally and physically prep for the picture.

Secrets of the City: Be honest: Is there any smells in this Odorama! screening that will make me vomit?

Tom Letness: Yes, pretty much all of them.

How did you get your hands on the 35mm print and the Odorama! cards?

I slept with John Waters . . . but don’t tell him that, he might get pissed.

How is it that Polyester is one of Waters’ most accessible films, but also one of Divine’s best?

Well, not all things in life make sense . . . this is one of them.

Any insight on why erotic foot stomping is so funny?

Who says it’s funny? Frankly it is a real problem in our communities.

There’s a million answers, but if you could have any one set piece from this classic film, which would you pick? (We want Todd’s sunglasses.)

The booze caddy that Divine rolls out to serve Elmer his drink, it’s heaven on wheels.

Grab your tickets ahead of time, this is going to a raucous full house tonight! 7:30 PM. $10.

The Heights Theater, 3951 Central Ave NE, MPLS;

Midweek News & Notes: Ch-Ch-Changes


Since many of our readers don’t read anything except statistics about how spiders could eat every human on Earth no problem, we feel we should share some of the important-to-you stories being shared around the SotC virtual water cooler, so that you’re properly briefed before your happy hour.


News: It’s finally breaking that Live Nation will be building a new big club over by the Twins Stadium.

Notes: A couple things. First, they’re going to call the club The Fillmore, like many other famous clubs throughout the country. At the very least they should call it The Fillmore North, get on brand! Second, it’s going to be attached to a Westin extended stay “hotel concept”, which makes it seem like a downtown entertainment complex, which is kind of weird? Then there’s also that it’s another move to do directly compete with First Avenue, which has always seemed like a bad idea, but especially now that the club has insane large venue shows—2 Chainz, Beck, Spoon—over at the Palace in St. Eazy. But! If this saves us from having to drive to Maplewood to Myth to see Run the Jewels, it’s maybe worth it.

News: The new Lynhall opens today in Lyn-Lake.

Notes: Don’t call it Uptown!™ Speaking of concepts, there’s a new restaurant that’s a bakery, a restaurant, and a kitchen studio, and a space for food start-ups. That’s all fine, but what’s pretty crazy is the names involved: Kristin Volk Tyborksi formerly of The Dakota, Shane Oporto formerly of La Belle Vie, pastry chef Katie Elsing formerly of Icehouse, even Tyler Lanzi, formerly of Dogwood Coffee. Word of warning or encouragement: The new space is full of communal-style tables. 


News: Saturday is St. Peazy’s DFL endorsing convention for mayor.

Notes: Since a DFL endorsement pretty much leads to being elected in MPLS + STPL, it’s a big deal. To our knowledge, and sort of like in MPLS, the candidates vying to replace Stormin’ Chris Coleman have said little to distinguish themselves from each other. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know who they are, and the leaders so far are Melvin Carter (who is Executive Director of Governor Dayton’s Minnesota Children’s Cabinet), Council Member Dai Thao (who allegedly had campaign staff improperly solicit donations), and Council Member Pat Harris. Get a look at some coverage of the candidates from the PiPress round-up.

Burger Hunter: Anchor Fish & Chips

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Week after week, Mike S. impresses us with the depth and breadth of his burger knowledge. He gets fan mail from our readers and from restaurants, in fact more than the rest of us! Check out all The Burger Hunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram.


Ahoy polloi. Summertime and the livin’ is easy. This hunt we head to 13th Ave for the legendary fish fry line out the door place. Yup, it’s The Anchor Fish & Chips! Let’s get right to it. You get a burger at fish place? Damn right I do. And if you knew what was good for you, you’d do the same. Okay . . . we just had to talk that out. Glad we’re still friends. Pro Tip: Order the Fish & Chips as your appetizer! Your shipmate will be impressed. Now you’re settled in, on to the Burger & Chips. It’s packin’ Peterson Farms beef with their sweet limos (Limousin cattle from France) hella fresh kinda steaky smooth, but grass fed so clean and gentle. The texture is unique and hundo p made me want more and more. Nicely seasoned and salt is dialed. Medium and juicy. Bun is potato and from the French Meadow Bakery. Buttery grilled and just right. Arhhhhhhhh. The Irish Cheddar is whispering. It’s good, but double up if you cheese two. Get it? Says 1/3 lb, feels like a 1/2 pounder, so it kinda needs 2 slices. Anywho, the salad is monster . . . crispy and fresh. Tomato was better than textbook. The below deck bun gets a wonderful bath of flavor from all the meat juices and moisture. It holds court but becomes this whole new area of delight. Burgers on point . . . FR. List worthy even. The fries are wedgy and creamy good. You might even hear the fry chef say “nailed it”. Gotta love taking pride. Good work Anchor. I tip my sailor hat to you!

Scorecard:   Flavor: 9.3   Presentation: 6   Originality: 7

Anchor Fish & Chips, 302 13th Ave NE, MPLS;

Quick Hit: Insight Brewing’s Super Crazy Aunt Beer Cocktail

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As we alluded to on Friday, part of our plan for weekend hydration was to try out Insight Brewing‘s new beer cocktail (beerktail?), the Super Crazy Aunt. It’s basically two ounces of gin plus half a can or so of their new Crazy Aunt Gin & Tonic Ale plus some lime juice and slices. Now you might be pausing at “Gin & Tonic Ale”—we did, too—but we recommend it. It’s light without being sweet, an ale but with a really pronounced and enjoyable flavor, and the coriander comes through and surprises you. Plus, like any good beer, the bottom tastes as good or better than the top. So what about the cocktail? Even better. The lime juice spritzes things up a little more and a good gin just adds a little more depth of flavor. We’re actually planning on trying out Insightful Garden and French 75 recipes, too. Pro Tip: With the beer at 6% ABV plus the gin, maybe just don’t bike around too much after two or more.