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State Fair 2012 - New Foods

Bacon ice cream, poutine, waffle de liege, raging ankles, Paul Bunyan bar, Ole’s cannoli, and lamb cop on a stick all sound awesome. The spaghetti sticks from green mill could be good or could be terrible. If you go to Sonora grill in the MDT global market you can try the eggplant fries. I love eggplant but the eggplant fries are greasy and just not good. Anyone else fascinated by the lamb fries? Lamb testicles? I've had duck testicles (ducks have huge balls for their size!) from travail and they're not bad. Beef tongue tacos also seem pretty solid. Blue moon drive in almost never disappoints so when they started advertising their cereal killer ice cream it sounds really good. The things that sound terrible are: the Yosemite sandwich (bleh!), sushi ( seriously?! how will they keep it fresh?!) gluten free risotto poppers ( the original ones are terrible so how are the gluten free ones going to be any better?) .....In any case, super excited for the fair and can't wait till the end of august!

Jun 27, 2012
cher0123 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

some smack shack confusion

they are building another location in the north loop. I think it's coming sometime this summer.

Jun 27, 2012
cher0123 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

fried green tomatoes

Every year I really enjoy eating fried green tomatoes and corn fritters from the state fair. So recently I have been jonesing for some fried green tomatoes and corn fritters and since the state fair is 3 months away...I was hoping to find out if there was a place that served them in the twin cities.

May 14, 2012
cher0123 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

boston and the cape for a week

Hey, me and my partner are going to be in Boston from aug- 25- sept 2. I used to live there but left 10 years ago and realize I'm a little rusty with my foodie knowledge. My question to everyone out there in chowhoundland is if you had a week to show people around to wonderful, possibly underrated, and delicious places in the city and cape cod, where would you take them? I'd want to go to some classic and not so classic restaurants with unpretentious, great food, so we need some suggestions.... p.s. we'd like to hit up a couple joints in the north end.


Aug 10, 2011
cher0123 in Greater Boston Area

first time in chicago and

going to chicago for the first time this and was on and was wondering of the places to eat on in the 60601 area. what are the best places to go to ?? Please highlight, comment or give some tips on which ones you’d recommend and which ones to stay away from.

this includes
Simply Thalia
Foundation Room @ House of Blues Chicago
The Drawing Room
Cafe Med
Markethouse Restaurant
Al Primo Canto Galeteria
Emilios Tapas
Bijan's Bistro
Trader Vics
Nix Restaurant
The Great Street Restaurant
Dinotto Ristorante
O'Brien's Restaurant & Bar
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House
Franklin Tap
City Pool Hall
Crepe Bistro
Trattoria Roma
Kiki's Bistro
House of Blues
Burton Place
10 Pin

Kiki's Bistro
900 N. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60610

The Drawing Room
937 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Burton Place
1447 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

663 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Zocalo Restaurant
358 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654

House of Blues
329 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60654

Dinotto Restaurant
215 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

Crepe Bistro
186 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60606

Franklin Tap
325 S Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60606

Cafe Med
198 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

Al Primo Canto Galeteria
5414 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

Great Street Restaurant & Bar
One West Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60610

City Pool Hall
640 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Dec 09, 2010
cher0123 in Chicago Area

is raja's mahal closed?

does anyone know if raja's mahaI is closed? I kept driving by and every time I did there was a sign that said closed temporarily. I have yet to see a car in the parking lot, even though the sign is down. Did they close for good? is anyone in the know about this? They were a great, great place to go and maybe if they're closed I didn't quite go there enough. Either way, I'd love to know if it's still open.


Oct 22, 2010
cher0123 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minnesota State fair - any coan't misses?

that's totally not silly. They are delicious and I certainly take fritters very seriously. Everyone should. Serious like a heart attack!

Jul 15, 2010
cher0123 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minnesota State fair - any coan't misses?

I fully understand that each person who comes to the MN as an adult lacks that childlike wonder that follows many of those people who grow up in MN, into adulthood. Nonetheless, I love the state fair more than christmas, new years, valentine's day, the fourth of july, halloween, and my birthday all put together. I understand that most people won't go to the fair every day of it's run, but I fully advocate atleast going twice. That way if you miss anything you can really take care of it the second time. Or if you were too full the first day, you can take care of it on your second run. Remember, the midway mens club also has the cheapest beer at the whole fair. It's also run by a bunch of retired cops who can't stop cracking jokes and mocking people..

So, as for the can't miss items
1) roasted corn, so simple with some butter and some salt. There's nothing like state fair corn.
2) a milkshake from the dairy building. I recommend strawberry, it's awesome and creamy.
3) cheese curds. This is a cannot miss. I really recommend the mouth trap. They're so crispy and delicious.
4) Garlic fries from the ballpark cafe. I really love garlic, like REALLY love it. They aren't hum drum and they're perfectly seasoned and perfectly crispy.
4) Fresh lemonade outside the food buiilding.
5) corn fritters and fried green tomatos. I know they were mentioned but they are solid. So solid and they serve it with honey butter.
6) deep fried pickles in the food building. It's a recent thing, but they're breaded and come in different flavors. Be bold and try a mixed basket.
7) bull bites from axels. They're blackend, they're good and it beats any other steak at the fair.
8) if you havent tried it, sweet martha's cookies and a bottomless glass of milk. They're warm and gooey.
9) Peach Glazed Pig Cheeks from famous dave's. I hope they have these this year because they really are the best pork product at the fair.

Here are things to avoid:

1) cheese on a stick. It's velveeta on a stick with cornmeal batter. Unless you like that avoid at all costs.
2) the gyro's. They're salty and it seems like any other pedestrian gyro you'd find.
3) I know this was mentioned, but scotch eggs. They're just a disappointment.
4) australian potatos. they're heavy and they seem like too much covered with more stuff.
5) frozen grapes. they're frozen grapes, that's about it.
6) any chinese food at the fair. I don't even think this needs an explanation.
7) deep fried candy bars. They aren't much more than what they sound like.

things I am strongly recommended by family and friends:
german roasted nuts
tom thumb donuts ( not from anywhere else)
chokecherry sode
and strangely enough, a meatball sundae from the Salem Lutheran Church
salt water taffy

Jul 15, 2010
cher0123 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Top Chef - Jan 14th - Down on the Farm (spoilers)

GHG, speaking of in-your-face-talent, I miss Blaise.

Jan 14, 2009
cher0123 in Food Media & News