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HOT TAIL - Roasted pig tail coated in a scallion ginger sauce. At The Rabbit Hole, located at Taste of Midtown Global Market at the International Bazaar, east wall. Available Sept. 2-7 only.
BUFFALO'D BONES - Slow-smoked center cut St. Louis-style spare ribs, fried, tossed in buffalo sauce and served with blue cheese dressing and celery. At Famous Dave's, located on the north side of West Dan Patch Avenue.
BURGER DOG - A ground blend of hamburger, hot dog, bacon, cheese and a splash of jalapeño on a hot dog bun. At Gass Station Grill, located on the southeast outside corner of the Food Building off Cooper Street.
MAC & CHEESE CUPCAKE - Mac & cheese nestled in a breadcrumb crust, then sprinkled with breadcrumbs and frosted with a dollop of Cheez Whiz. At LuLu's Public House.
BUTTER CHICKEN SAMOSAS - Pastries filled with chicken in a tomato curry sauce and served with a side of green chutney. Sweet Summer Vegetable Samosas with corn, peas and onions also are available. At Hot Indian.
SRIRACHA BALLS - Two choices of filling breaded in panko, deep-fried and drizzled with Sriracha sauce: blend of shredded chicken, corn, tomatoes, egg and Sriracha; or Sriracha cream cheese with corn, tomatoes and egg. At Alton's BBQ and Wings.
MEATLOAF HASH - Blue Barn meatloaf, sautéed potatoes, peppers and onions topped with scrambled eggs and a béarnaise sauce. At The Blue Barn, located at West End Market, east side, south of the History & Heritage Center.
TIKKA ON A STIKKA - Chicken marinated in spices and yogurt, chargrilled and smothered in tikka sauce. At Hot Indian, located at Taste of Midtown Global Market at the International Bazaar, east wall.
MINNESOTA WILD RICE BENEDICT MUFFIN - A wild rice English muffin cup with sliced ham and a soft-cooked egg, covered with hollandaise sauce. At LuLu's Public House.
GRANDMA DEB'S SNICKER BAR SALAD - Chopped Snickers bars and Granny Smith apples tossed in vanilla pudding with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. At The Blue Barn, located at West End Market.
SRIRACHA DOG - All-beef hot dog on a cream cheese Sriracha-smeared bun, topped with bacon bits and drizzled with Sriracha sauce. At Snack House, located in the Warner Coliseum, south side.
DEEP FRIED RIBS - Smoked baby back ribs, breaded, fried and served with BBQ sauce. At Ball Park Cafe, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues outside The Garden.
GRILLED VENETIAN PIZZA - Grilled over an open flame for a crispy crust and offered in three varieties: Margherita, Farm Fresh and Spicy Salami.
SAUSAGE SISTER'S SRIRACHA SLIDERS - “Great Balls of Fire” meatballs with Monterey Jack cheese at the center, served on a crusty slider bun with Sister’s Sweet ‘n’ Hot Sriracha Sauce. At Sausage Sister & Me, located in the Food Building.
SMOKEY'S BREAKFAST BURGER - Seasoned sausage and hamburger on a corn-dusted bun with applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, melted provolone cheese, fried egg and a tomato slice. At Smokey's Char-Broiler.
COWBOY BITES - Sweet corn kernels, bacon, jalapeños and cream cheese blended into bite-size balls, breaded and fried, and served with ranch dipping sauce. At Frontier Bar, located on the south side of Carnes Avenue.
INDI FRITES - Indian-seasoned russet and sweet potato fries in a crispy batter. At Hot Indian, located at Taste of Midtown Global Market at the International Bazaar, east wall. Available Aug. 27 – Sept. 1 only.
COWBOY DAVE'S CLUCK & MOO - Smashed potatoes, roasted beef and grilled chicken covered with beef gravy, crispy onions and mustard BBQ sauce. At The Blue Barn, located at West End Market, east side, south of the History & Heritage Center.
SPAM BURGERS - A grilled SPAM burger with cheese and onions, in your choice of five flavors: Jalapeño, Hot & Spicy, Bacon, Hickory Smoke and Black Pepper.
SEAFOOD SLIDER - A lobster and seafood mix blended with mayo, red onion, garlic, celery, lemon juice and breadcrumbs, served hot on a Hawaiian roll with wine aioli. At Minnesota Wine Country.
CANNOLI - This pastry filled with a sweetened ricotta cheese cream returns to the fair in full or mini sizes. At Mancini's Al Fresco, located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets.
STUFFED ITALIAN MEATLOAF ON A STICK - Italian meatloaf stuffed with Mozzarella and pepperoni, topped with marinara sauce and a Parmesan herb blend and served on-a-stick.
KIMCHI N CURRY POUTINE - Braised pork and potatoes smothered with curry gravy and cheddar cheese, then topped with kimchi and a poached egg. At The Rabbit Hole, located at Taste of Midtown Global Market.
WALLEYE STUFFED MUSHROOMS - Jumbo mushroom caps stuffed with flavored cream cheese spread, walleye, three cheeses, red pepper, panko breadcrumbs and a special sauce. At Giggles' Campfire Grill.
PRETZEL CROISSANT SANDWICH - Gluten-free and nitrate-free grilled chicken breast and ham, Swiss cheese and fresh spinach smothered in honey mustard and chive aioli, grilled and served hot on a pretzel dough croissant or gluten-free toast.
SHANGHAIED HENRI'S TACOS - Yucatan Taco: Seasoned chicken chorizo braised in tequila and red wine vinegar served with green cabbage carrot slaw, queso fresco, pickled red onion and cilantro sour cream on two flour tortillas.
CHILLED BREAD PUDDING - Custardy bread pudding baked and served chilled – sundae-style – with a warm glaze/dunking sauce and a choice of crunchy “Moon Gravel” condiments.
ISLAND SLAW - Gluten-free island-style coleslaw with pineapple, mandarin oranges, sugar snap peas and spinach, all topped with teriyaki chicken, a light Sriracha glaze and macadamia nuts. At Island Noodles, located at the International Bazaar.
MINNESOTA BEE-NICE GLUTEN-FREE MUFFIN - Minnesota-grown, pollinator-friendly blueberries, sweet corn and honey with a hint of chipotle in a gluten-free cornbread muffin. At Minnesota Farmers Union.
TOTCHOS - Tater tots smothered in cheddar cheese sauce with seasoned sour cream, bacon bits and green onions (chicken or taco-style beef optional). Gluten-free. At Boulevard Grill, located in the Warner Coliseum, west end.
UP NORT SHOREMAN'S LUNCH - Battered northern pike in a fresh tomato sauce with potatoes and corn, finished with smoked pepper tartar sauce. At The Blue Barn, located at West End Market, east side, south of the History & Heritage Center.
MAPLE BACON FUNNEL CAKE - A funnel cake infused with bacon pieces, then topped with sweet maple glaze and sprinkled with more bacon. At Funnel Cakes, located in the Food Building, east wall.
SARA'S TIPSY PIES - This new State Fair vendor features 5 varieties of hand pies: State Fair Rhubarb Blue Hunny Do, 2GINGERS Irish Apple, Bapple, Maple Bacon Apple Breakfast, Salted Caramel Apple.
SWEET POTATO TACO - Mashed sweet potatoes, black beans, sautéed onions and vinegar coleslaw wrapped in a flour tortilla. At Potato Man & Sweetie.
WINE-FRIED KALETTES - Battered kale, fried crispy in wine and served with sweet Thai chili sauce. At Minnesota Wine Country, located on the west side of Underwood Street between Carnes and Judson avenues.
ITALIAN DESSERT NACHOS - Cinnamon sugar cannoli chips smothered with sweet ricotta cheese filling, fruit, chocolate, nuts and candy toppings. At Pizza Shoppe, located in the Food Building, south side.
PRIME RIB TO GO - Thinly sliced choice prime rib, sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms (optional) in a soft bread cone with a side of au jus, horseradish or Parmesan garlic sauce.
SALAD NAMED SOO - Cubed watermelon, basil, mint, arugula and almonds mixed with a chili honey lime sauce. At The Rabbit Hole, located at Taste of Midtown Global Market at the International Bazaar, east wall.
STEAK APIZZAIOLA - Cuts of Italian steak sautéed in au jus and served on a seasoned kaiser bun with caramelized onions, melted cheese and marinara sauce. At Spaghetti Eddie'S.
LIMERICK STICKS - A blend of pimento cheese and cayenne pepper coated in a corn meal mix, deep-fried and served with custom dipping sauce. At O'Gara's at the Fair, located on the southwest corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street
It's that time of year again -- time to start dreaming about all the delicious food you'll consume at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. Grandma Deb's Snicker Bar Salad, or Maple Bacon Funnel Cake, anyone?