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MinnPost’s annual State Fair new foods roundup roundup

What the critics are saying about the new foods at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Duck Drummies
Minnesota State Fair
Duck Drummies are wings coated in a batter and seasoning blend, deep-fried and served with Giggles’ tequila lime dipping sauce.

On opening day of the Minnesota State Fair Thursday, foodies from Twin Cities news publications fanned out to review this year’s new fair foods, sacrificing their stomachs so the rest of us don’t have to sample every last fried, sugary mass.

In an effort to help you decide what to try and what to skip, MinnPost has compiled a meta-review of major State Fair food reviews, including takes from the Star Tribune, City Pages, the Pioneer Press and Mpls.St. Paul Magazine.

Clear winners this year were the duck drummies from Giggles’ Campfire Grill, the Lavender Lemonade from the Farmers Union and the No Bologna Coney from Mancini’s al Fresco. Less unanimously popular among these reviewers were the Joey Mary, an iced coffee slushie from fair newcomer Brim and the Carolina pit-smoked brisket taco from Shanghaied Henry’s.

(Note, these are MinnPost’s interpretation of reviews, which weren’t always a straight thumbs-up or thumbs-down. When there were multiple reviewers, we tried to average opinions.)

Food Vendor Star Tribune City Pages Pioneer Press Mpls.St.Paul
Duck Drummies Giggles’ Campfire Grill Positive Positive Positive Positive
Lavender Lemonade Farmers Union Coffee Shop Positive Positive Positive Positive
No Bologna Coney Mancini’s al Fresco Positive Positive Positive Positive
Nordic Waffles Al Pastor Nordic Waffles Positive Positive Positive Neutral
Snow Cap Mini Waffle Sundae Hamline Church Dining Hall Positive Positive Positive Positive
Shrimp & Grits Fritters Funky Grits Positive Positive Positive Positive
The Hot Hen RC’s BBQ Positive Negative Positive Positive
Feta Bites Dino’s Gyros Positive Positive Positive Negative
Cuban Fusion Fajita Juanita’s Fajitas Neutral Positive Positive Positive
Turkish Pizza Blue Moon Dine-In Theater Neutral Positive Positive Positive
Jamm’in Brisket Grilled Cheese RC’s BBQ Positive Neutral Neutral Positive
Bada Bing Sandwich The Sandwich Shop Positive Positive Neutral Negative
Blueberry Key Lime Pie Farmers Union Coffee Shop Positive Neutral Positive Neutral
Boozy Berries & ‘Barb Trifle The Hideaway Speakeasy Positive Positive Negative Negative
Carnitas Taco Cone San Felipe Tacos Neutral Neutral Positive Positive
Halo Cone Rainbow Ice Cream Neutral Positive Neutral Positive
Irish Whiskey Boneless Wings O’Gara’s at the Fair Neutral Negative Positive Positive
Peaches n’ Cream Nachos Bridgeman’s Ice Cream Neutral Positive Positive Neutral
Stuffed Cabbage Roll iPierogi Positive Negative Neutral Positive
Tipsy’s Pecan Tart Sara’s Tipsy Pies Positive Negative Positive Negative
Warm Cheesecake Tart Lulu’s Public House Neutral Neutral Positive Positive
Cheesy Sriracha Funnel Cake Bites Funnel Cakes Negative Negative Positive Positive
Lamb T-Bone Chops Holy Land Neutral Positive Positive Negative
Nordic Waffles Pebbles & Bam Bam Nordic Waffles Positive Positive Negative Neutral
Deep-Fried Dilly Dog Swine & Spuds Neutral Positive Positive
Grilled Sota Sandwich Brim Positive Neutral Neutral Neutral
Tailspin The Hangar Negative Negative Neutral Positive
Breakfast Potato Skin The Blue Barn Neutral Negative Negative Positive
Mini Donut Latte The Anchor Coffee House Neutral Neutral Positive Neutral
Carolina Pit-Smoked Brisket Taco Shanghaied Henri’s Negative Negative Neutral Neutral
Joey Mary Brim Neutral Negative Negative