37 Must Eat Foods in Minnesota

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Plenty of people have done lists for must-eat foods in Minnesota and most of them have the same stuff on them. Minnesota has some staples, but I wanted to put together a list with a few items you haven’t thought of or tried yet, so some well-known items have purposely been left off this list. Plus I’m an annoyingly picky eater so I won’t touch most of what everyone considers a must-eat. I like to tell myself that I only eat the best food and leave the rest for everyone else, which means this list is THE list you want for the best food in Minnesota. Of note, I’ve left off food items from the Minnesota State Fair, that list will come in the future. (The future has arrived, here’s that list!)

In no particular order, here are my 37 must-eat foods in Minnesota.

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1. Anything from Muddy Paws Cheesecake in St. Louis Park

Picture courtesy of Muddy Paws Facebook page

3359 Gorham Ave, St Louis Park, MN 55426

I’ve eaten a lot of cheesecake in my life. I’ve even eaten New York cheesecake in New York, which is just called cheesecake there. I’ve never eaten any better than what Tami and her crew at Muddy Paws are turning out daily. They always have a huge rotation of flavors, including gluten-free and vegan options for those with dietary restrictions.

I’ve almost made my way through their entire list of flavors—so far here are my favorites:

Cinnamon Roll
New York
Key Lime
Raspberry Swirl
Caramel Pecan

I recently got married and also had Muddy Paws do the dessert. (BTW, check out what I got my groomsman). It’s fair to see people were way more excited to see the cheesecake that day than they were to see me.

Put your stretchy pants on and get yourself at least 5 slices of cheesecake. Check out the menu here: https://www.muddypawscheesecake.com/

2. Glazed Donut Pancakes at Good Day Café in Golden Valley

Photo credit some random person of Yelp.

5410 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416

These almost don’t fall under the category of pancakes. You don’t even really need syrup for them. These are 100% breakfast desserts that you’re going to order as your main course.

But the entire breakfast menu at Good Day café is worth checking out so I’d just grab an order for the table and order about four more things to go along with them.

Word of advice: get there early or be willing to wait if you’re going on a weekend. Check out their website here: https://www.gooddaycafemn.com/

3. Coconut Cream Pie from the DAM Store in Rapidan Township

Photo credit some random person on Yelp.

54116 Glory Ln, Rapidan, MN 56001

The Rock and I both like pie but I’m pretty sure when he’s talking about it, he’s not talking about the same pie I am. This sweet little spot is only open April through October, has been open since 1972, and cranks out nearly 3000 pies per year… all while being nestled outside of a town that last time I drove through I’m pretty sure said like population 162 on it.

They also have food there along with DAM good malts, a DAM burger, Plus you can check out the actual dam, AND go camping all in the same location. Make a whole dam day of it!

Oh yeah, make sure you bring cash! Check their Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/Rapidan-Dam-Store-116049048416596/

4. The Fish and Chips at Anchor Fish & Chips in Minneapolis

Photo credit Anchor’s Facebook page

302 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

I know we live in the land of 10,000 lakes but here’s one of my 10,000 takes: ordering fish and chips at almost any restaurant in Minnesota is a hot trash decision. But oh. my. lord, the basket of fried fish at Anchor is something special. A massive fillet of wild-caught Alaskan cod is fried to perfection and coupled with thick, salty frie… I mean chips. I like all of the items on this list, but this one is one of my favorites.

Keep the fishing poles at home and check out the menu here: https://www.theanchorfishandchips.com/

5. Lobster Cakes at Manny’s in Minneapolis

Photo credit some random person on Yelp. Also of note, this is not the most flattering picture and makes them look smaller than they really are.

825 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Everything at Manny’s is good, but you’ll also really need DOGECOIN to go to the moon to work through the entire menu. I have a really hard time picking one appetizer from there but the lobster cakes do stand out. The bacon is also excellent, the oysters Rockefeller are unlike anything I’ve eaten before, you really can’t go wrong with any of it.

Sell your entire Pokémon card collection and you may be able to book a reservation here: https://mannyssteakhouse.com/

6. Classic Croissant at Patisserie 46 in Minneapolis

Photo Credit P46 Facebook page

4552 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

This particular item is not the most exciting baked good they have on the menu, but its simplicity is what makes it great. There are a million places to get a subpar croissant, but Patisserie 46 is the best croissant you’re going to get without having to travel to France. While you’re there, make sure to try other stuff. The coconut rochers are divine, the Paris Brest is unreal, their eclairs are out of control. Everything they bake turns into proverbial gold. Order one of everything here: https://patisserie46.com/

7. Cake Donut at Krusty’s in Mankato

Photo credit Krusty’s Facebook page

1600 Warren St Suite 14, Mankato, MN 56001

There’s a ton of places that have great donuts but I’ve never had a cake donut like the ones they have at Krusty’s in Mankato. This Simpson’s-inspired bakery has massive donuts that have almost a crunch on the outside. It’s like a donut crust. Like, it’s a crusty donut, or something—while being perfectly soft on the inside. I’m pretty basic so all I need is a plain cake donut dipped in black coffee, but they offer plenty of fancy options as well.

Hey-hey, kids! Get your Krusty donuts here: https://www.krustysdonuts.com/

8. Meatball, Ricotta, and Garlic Pizza at Black Sheep Pizza, Multiple Locations

Photo credit Blacksheep’s Facebook page

600 Washington Ave. North, Minneapolis, MN 55401
2550 Nicollet Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
512 N. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Minnesota has a ton of really good pizza places, I even added another one to this list. But the cold hard truth is that Black Sheep Pizza is the best—and the best pizza at Black Sheep is the meatball, ricotta, and garlic. This is not an opinion I have, it’s irrefutable and there’s no point in trying to convince me otherwise. Here’s the real magic, It’s basic enough that it’s not a big spook, but it also has enough fun stuff going for it that even the most sophisticated palate can appreciate it. The coal-fired crust is unmatched. It’s fancy but approachable, like George Clooney. Or maybe Tom Hanks.

Sure, that’s going to be my take. The meatball, ricotta, and garlic pizza from Black Sheep Pizza are the Tom Hanks of Pizza.

Get castaway in its deliciousness here: https://blacksheeppizza.com/

9. Lunds & Byerlys Wild Rice Soup at… Well, Wherever There’s a Lunds & Byerlys

Photo credit Lunds website

Wild rice is engrained in Minnesota cuisine and so far my favorite use of it is in the wild rice soup that, of all places, Lund’s and Byler’s is whipping up at their grocery stores. Although in full disclosure, I haven’t purchased it from the store in years, I just make it using this recipe

I’m pretty sure it’s about 2700 calories per serving, and I would avoid it if you have a lactose problem… but my goodness is it tasty. Find a location here: https://lundsandbyerlys.com/our-stores/locations/

10. Cheeseburger and Fries from the Lions Tap in Eden Prairie

Photo credit Lion’s Tap Facebook page

16180 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55347

I can’t exactly explain what makes a Lions Tap burger so perfect, but it just is. It doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t, it’s not fancy, and it’s not at all expensive. It’s a humble burger. Kirk Cousins would take one bite of a Lions Tap burger and just say “Frick, this is good!”

 Wash it down with some of their house-made beers or 1919 root beer—or both.

Have one heck of a frickin’ burger here: https://www.lionstap.com/

11. Taro Vanilla Shake with Pearls at Sencha Tea Bar, Multiple Locations

Photo credit Sencha’s Facebook page

60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425
2601 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
1692 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
783 Radio Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125

I’m sorry, a WHAT?! I know, there’s a lot of words going on there that doesn’t sound like they belong together. One sip of this bad boy and you’ll know you made the right choice. Or you’ll know I’ve led you astray and you can go customize your own drink. The options are nearly endless!

Check out the full menu here: https://senchateabar.com/

12. Italian Waffle Fries from Malone’s Bar and Grill in Maple Grove

Photo credit some random person on Yelp.

12635 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

These bad boys are tossed in this rosemary seasoning and it’s unfair how great they are.  You can order them by the basket but I’m hoping they soon allow you to order them by the truckload.

Here’s their menu: https://malonesbarandgrill.net/

13. A Thin Crust Pizza at Chalet Pizza in Eden Prairie

Photos credit Chalet’s Facebook page.

12617 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

If you grew up in Hopkins, you know all about Chalet Pizza. It was a staple there for more than 50 years. (Although technically it was in Minnetonka, we don’t need to talk about that). The news of Chalet Pizza closing in 2019 was pure devastation when they announced the city had given them 3 months to vacate the building they had called home since 1965. However, it was short-lived. They found a new location in Eden Prairie, and although it doesn’t have the same old-school vibe as the original “Hopkins” location, they’re still slinging out some damn great pizza.

It’s the crust that makes this pizza stand out. It’s cracker-thin, light, and a complete game-changer if thin crust pizza is your jam. My parents are a big fan of the Twin City Special which has sausage, pepperoni, celery, green pepper, onions, and cheddar. I’m not sure I need all that, though. Sausage and pepperoni are good enough for me.

Check out the menu and order some pies here: https://chaletpizza.net/menu/

14. Paul Molitor Burger and Fresh-Cut Fries at The Nook in St. Paul

Photo once again ripped from Yelp. Don’t sue us.

492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116

Most lists about food in Minnesota will talk about the Jucy Lucy at Matt’s or the 5-8 Club. You can keep them. For my money, I’m going to the Nook. The Paul Molitor is well-seasoned, stuffed with pepper jack cheese, and put on a buttered, toasted bun. Plus the fries are hand-cut and piping hot. Not feeling a stuffed burger? The Triple B has bacon, smoked cheddar, and bourbon sauce and I want one right now. Oh! And there’s a bowling alley in the basement.

Or check out the rest of their menu here: https://www.crnook.com/home

15. Mac and Cheese Empanada at MidNord  Empanadas & Churros in Minneapolis

Photos credit MidNord’s Facebook page

520 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The available fillings change daily so you won’t always have a crack at the Mac & Cheese but worry not—the other flavors are also fantastic. The Rojo pork, El Matador, Juicy Lucita, and Buffalo Chicken are just some of their other options. Salty, crunchy, fantastic.

See the full list here: https://www.midnord.com/menu

16. Hot Turkey at Patrick McGovern’s in St. Paul

Pretty sure I once again ripped this one from Yelp. The photo is theirs.

225 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

It doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving for you to eat until you pass out. McGovern’s Famous Roasted Turkey served open-faced on a homemade bun with mashed potatoes, stuffing & gravy. Forget calling the butterball hotline, just call McGovern’s. Plus they do the dishes for you, it’s way better. On top of that, they have a year-round patio that is completely badass.

Book your reservations here: https://www.patmcgoverns.com/

17. The Real Roast Beef Sandwich at Jonny B’s in Mankato

YO! I took this picture so credit ME

1600 Warren St, Mankato, MN 56001

Growing up the only roast beef sandwich I knew about was at Arby’s. #WeGotTheMeats. Truth be told, I had never even seen places selling roast beef sandwiches. Jonny B’s changed all that. I’ve lived in Mankato for a handful of years now and Jonny’s is always where I take people for something they can’t get anywhere else. Their real roast beef is 1/3 pound (most of the time more) of hand-sliced beef on a toasted bun. I always opt for the au jus on the side for dipping. It’s safe to say Arby’s has been ruined for me. Jonny B’s in the GOAT of roast beef.

Life is good, Jonny B’s makes it better. Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/jonnybsmankato/

18. Mimosa Flight at North Loop Galley in Minneapolis

Photo credit North Loop Galley Facebook Page

729 N Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401

If you haven’t been to the North Loop Galley you’re in for a treat. There are multiple restaurants to choose from inside along with a bar. Though all the drinks are good, their mimosa flight comes with AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE! Plus a variety of tasty juices to MYOM. This spot is actually what inspired me to purchase this wine flight set on my favorite amazon purchases list. It just feels boujee AF.

While you’re hammering down your mimosa flight, you’re going to want something to absorb all that alcohol. Luckily my next item can also be found at the North Loop Galley.

19. A Very Nice Breakfast Pizza at Wrecktangle Pizza in Minneapolis

Photos credit Wrecktangle Pizza’s Facebook page.

729 N Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Seriously, you can get the mimosa flights and this pizza AT THE SAME PLACE. This breakfast pizza has cheddar jack cheese, sausage gravy, eggs, bacon jam, and fried sage all on a perfectly cooked deep-dish crust. All of their pizza looks good, but I know from experience that the breakfast pizza is a solid 10/10. Start every day the right way: drunk and full of pizza.

Check out the website for North Loop Galley and Wrecktangle Pizza here: https://northloopgalley.org/

20. The Chai at Uncommon Grounds in Uptown

Photo credit another random person on Yelp.

2809 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

You can get the chai at Uncommon grounds either hot or iced. You can get it in a variety of flavors. You can drink it there or take it to go. No matter how you get it, it’s the best-damned chai you’re ever going to have. The location is also a pretty unique spot, being inside a renovated Victorian county home from 1877. It’s candle-lit at night with plush booths making the atmosphere as uncommon as the drinks.

Chia some of this website: http://www.uncommongroundscoffeehouse.com/

21. Pecan Pie at Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors

This is another photo I took. I don’t steal everything.

2019, 1633 MN-61, Two Harbors, MN 55616

Though there is another pie place on this list, I don’t eat that much pie. When I do, it’s generally pecan pie and I’ve yet to find a better one than what they’re serving at Betty’s pies in Two Harbors. I love it as much as I love my child. (Of note, I do not have a child).

Don’t worry, if you’re not as into pecan pie as I am, they have a bunch of different ones to choose from. Check out their selection here: https://www.bettyspies.com/pies

22. Steak n’ Chips at Wok in the Park in St. Louis Park

Thanks again, rando on Yelp.

3005 Utah Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426

Meat and potatoes are done with a Vietnamese twist. The potatoes are thin and crispy, the steak is thick and tender, the onions are cooked impeccably, and the sweet oyster sauce is nearly drinkable. Truthfully, this may be the perfect dish.

Wok on over to their website: http://wokintheparkrestaurant.com/menu/

23. Blueberry Walnut Pancakes at Al’s Breakfast in Dinkytown

You already know where I got this picture.

413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Number 23 on my must-eat foods in Minnesota list is one shared on almost everyone’s list, and that’s for a good reason. If you’ve never been to Al’s Breakfast in Dinkytown, I’m sorry. You’ve been missing out. But also be prepared for a few things when you decide to go: you’re going to wait in a line; you’re going to be cramped; you’re going to have the best breakfast you’ve ever had. Everything I’ve had from this place has been fantastic, but the blueberry walnut pancakes are the king of the menu. They are the gold standard to which I stack all other pancakes against and none have come close. So be warned, as good as they are, they may ruin pancakes for you as well as all others will be inferior.

This spot has limited hours and limited seating. If you don’t wanna wait in line, Al’s is nice enough to share their recipe for their buttermilk pancakes. Add in whatever toppings you’d like.

3  c. flour
1  tsp. salt
2  tsp. baking powder
11/2  tsp. sugar
2  eggs
1  qt. buttermilk
4  Tbsp. butter, melted

Heat non-stick griddle or pan. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk and eggs.

Pour dry mix into the wet mix, beating quickly as you pour, then beat in melted butter. If batter seems thick, add buttermilk as needed to thin. Spoon batter onto a hot griddle or pan and cook pancakes. When bubbles appear on the uncooked side, flip.

Good luck with the recipe. Check out their website here: https://www.alsbreakfastmpls.com/

24. Birthday Cake Dipped Cone at Dairy Freeze in Fairmont

Photos credit Dairy Freeze’s Facebook page

1506 Albion Ave, Fairmont, MN 56031
The big deal there is the blue goo and despite the name, it is very good. But I’ve never experienced a birthday cake dip flavor and it’s magical. There’s plenty of other things to choose from and while you’re in Fairmont, I’d suggest hitting up the Channel Inn for a Channel burger.

But even if you just go for the ice cream, it’s worth it. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057869760840

25. The Chopped Brisket at Mr. Pig Stuff In Shakopee

Photo credit to somebody that probably isn’t my father on Yelp.

1561 1st Ave E, Shakopee, MN 55379

This place does BBQ right. Their mac and cheese are great, their all-you-can-eat ribs on Thursdays are gut-busting, but the chopped brisket is special. Get it on a bun like a normal person or just pile it on top of your mac and cheese like me. Either way, it’s a tasty time ahead.

Prepared to be stuffed, check out their website: https://www.mrpigstuff.com/menu

26. House Burger at Burger Dive, Multiple Locations

Photo credit Burger Dive’s website

1595 Hwy 36, Roseville, MN 55113
731 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102

Technically this burger comes with a pickle, but I think pickles should be illegal. The moment you toss those suckers aside, I might argue that this is the best burger on this list. They smash the burger so it has a great crust but it’s still juicy. The onions compliment everything perfectly, and the cheese brings it all together with the buttered and toasted bun. Forget condiments with this bad boy, you won’t even need them. Bruno Mars wrote about this burger “you’re amazing, just the way you are” …once you remove the pickles.

Dive into their website here: https://www.burgerdivemn.com/

27. The Cajun Pork Chops at J.D. Hoyt’s in Minneapolis

Photo credit J.D. Hoyt’s Facebook page.

301 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

J.D. Hoyt’s Supper Club is one of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. Their quality is on par with any of the steakhouses in the city but you don’t have to sell your firstborn child to afford a plate. Their meats are hickory-charred and packed with flavor. The N.Y. strip steak makes me weak at the knees. However, their grilled Cajun pork chops are wildly delicious and a steal of a deal. Two massive chops, a side of their garlic cheese toast, and vegetable of the day ring up at only $31. You can bump it down to one chop and you’re only going to spend $24. I don’t have enough words to fully express my love for this place.

Peep the menu and reserve a table here: https://jdhoyts.com/

28. Breakfast at Not Justa Cafe in Bayport

NICE! Another picture I took! Also, look at that pancake!

177 3rd St N, Bayport, MN 55003

Breakfast food is the best food and I go out of my way to find great breakfast spots. A future post of mine will likely be a list of my favorite breakfast spots. Not Justa Cafe is Bayport is a sweet spot in a cool town that does breakfast right. Their pancakes are larger than Aaron Rodgers’ ego and the food is better than Mike Zimmer’s time management skills. Delicious hashbrowns, solid toast, and bottomless coffee. Get some. Check the menu here: http://www.notjustacafeandbar.com/Not-Justa-Cafe-Bayport-Main.html

29. The Fried Chicken at Revival, Multiple Locations

Photos credit REVIVAL Facebook page.

4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
525 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
St. Louis Park location pending!

You can get it southern fried or, the correct choice, Tennessee hot (also available GF). Or you can get the best chicken & waffles imaginable. This is southern comfort food done right and done right here in our backyard. They also have burgers that look great and their chicken sandwich looks ridiculous. Let me know when you’re going so I can join.

Drool over the menu here: https://www.revivalrestaurants.com/

30. Steak at Bergen Bar & Grill in Bergen

Thanks, Mark, on Yelp!

89982 540th Ave, Windom, MN 56101

This place is ALWAYS busy, so get there early and be patient. About 30 minutes before the place opens people start lining up. Pack yourself a cooler and enjoy a few beverages in the parking lot while you wait because the seating is very limited. You’ll also then be able to bring your wine inside the restaurant if you’d like for free. It’s busy for a reason, though—the food is fantastic. It’s a unique experience with delicious food. Oh, but make sure you bring cash!

All the info you’ll need can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/Bergen-Bar-Grill-118696861485014/

31. Cinnamon Roll French Toast at Peg’s Countryside Café in Medina

Thanks, Peg’s Facebook page!

 842 Hwy 55, Medina, MN 55340

Or the stuffed French toast. Or the county fried steak. Like every good breakfast spot, prepare to wait on the weekends but I promise it’s worth the wait. They have a bunch of homemade baked goods as well. Get yourself a county-fried steak, then top it with a homemade caramel roll, and end breakfast with a slice of homemade pie. Nobody is stopping you.

Learn more about this gem here: https://www.pegscountrysidecafe.com/

32. Egg Rolls at Que Viet, Multiple Locations

Yelp, Yelp, Yelp, Yelp, Yelp. Thanks to a stranger on Yelp.

6100 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
2211 Johnson St NE #3905, Minneapolis, MN 55418

So you know how I said I wasn’t going to include any Minnesota State Fair items on this list? Here is my exception, sort of. I was introduced to these egg rolls at the Minnesota State Fair at the Giant Egg Roll on the Stick stand. I was then informed that they’re also sold at Que Viet’s regular locations as well. The Tom Brady of Egg Rolls. These aren’t just the best egg rolls in Minnesota, they’re the best egg rolls in America and I will have words with you out back if you think otherwise.

Get yourself the goods here: https://www.quevietmn.com/

33. Parlour Burger from Parlour Bar, Multiple Locations

Parlour’s Facebook page coming in clutch.

267 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
730 Washington Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55401

This and the House Burger from Burger Dive might be cousins. You can make your choice for which one you like more, but you have to try both to make that decision. Ground chuck, ribeye, and brisket all come together under a blanket of white American cheese on the most delectable bun for a transformative burger experience. Once again, you can skip the condiments because they’re not needed. You wouldn’t put ketchup on Manny’s steak so don’t ruin this perfect situation by doing the same.

Getting hungry yet? I am. Check out their website here: https://www.parlourbar.com/

34. Munchie Madness OR Zanzibar Chocolate (or both) at Mom & Pop’s in Mankato

629 N Riverfront Dr, Mankato, MN 56001

Supporting mom and pop shops is always a good call and this one is literally called Mom & Pop’s. This spot offers 32 unique flavors of super-premium ice cream on a rotating basis, as well as an extensive list of dairy-free options. Luckily you can get multiple flavors scoops on a single cone. I will warn you though, I once decided to get two cones and it did not end well for me. As great as they are, be smart and stick with one cone.

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. Check their website here: http://www.momandpopsicecream.com/32flavorssuperpremiumhardscoopicecream.html

35. Patricia Melt at Ike’s Food & Cocktails, Multiple Locations

It seems nobody on Yelp has ordered this thing yet. What a shame.

4400 W 78th St, Bloomington, MN 55435 (temporarily closed but it’ll be back).
17805 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Champions’ Grille by Ikes, Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport

A couple of items of note: this thing is massive, and the bread is parmesan crusted. I’ve also only eaten it at the airport location which, depending on how long your flight is, works well. You’re going to need a nap after this beast. I know they have other locations, so I’ll make the assumption that the patty melt is equally good there.

Book a flight and get one that way or check out their website here: https://bloomington.ilikeikes.com/menus/

36. Cider Donuts at Welsch Heritage Farms/The Cheese & Pie Mongers in Lake Crystal

Yeah, I also took this photo from their Facebook page.

20758 528th Ave, Lake Crystal, MN

These donuts are fried daily and coated in sugar. If donuts aren’t your thing, they also offer a variety of, well, cheese and pie. This is also an apple orchard so you can do all the things one does at an apple orchard in the fall, but the donuts are available year-round. (I think? Wait you might want to verify that before driving out to Lake Crystal).

Check their website here: http://welshheritagefarm.com/?fbclid=IwAR1DSW_swpq7BZD1iiGwNVgCFNjxmspzNYXUC1eyuorNISIR8UR2zSfPbpY

37. The Box Combo, Replace the Coleslaw with Extra Fries and Add an Extra Toast at Raising Cane’s at… Not Nearly Enough Minnesota Locations

Cane’s FB page, of course. This is also a caniac pictured, which is the correct order anyway but maybe you’re on a diet.

This is kind of on here as a joke, but it’s also not. Yes, this is a chain restaurant that has very little to do with Minnesota. But I don’t care. I can’t, in good faith, put together must-eat foods in Minnesota list without including Raising Canes. They do one thing and they do it better than anybody. I’m currently looking for a contractor to build me a swimming pool that I can fill with Cane’s sauce. Don’t worry, there’s another, actual Minnesota item below. Just keep reading.

There’s not nearly enough Raising Cane’s in Minnesota, but you can find them here: https://www.raisingcanes.com/locations

So that’s my list.

My 37 must-eat foods in Minnesota. Keep in mind, this is just like, my opinion, man! I know it’s a lot of food to work through, but forget about your diet and just start eating. I know some of you will think this is too metro-heavy, but the reality is most of Minnesota’s best food is in the metro. What did I miss any? Of course, I missed plenty—the food scene in Minnesota is criminally underrated. Let me know of the road trips I need to take so I can expand this list… I didn’t even include the best drinks (though here’s a list of the best summer drinks of 2021).

I guess I know what my next blog is about. Actually, I feel like I could do a series of must-eat foods in Minnesota. Hear me out.

  • Must eat foods in Minnesota: Drinks!
  • Must eat foods in Minnesota: Minnesota State Fair
  • Must eat foods in Minnesota: Burgers
  • Must eat foods in Minnesota: Breakfast
  • Must eat foods in Minnesota: Ice cream
  • Must eat foods in Minnesota: Chicken wings
  • Must eat foods in Minnesota: Steak
  • Must eat foods in Minnesota: uhhhh, frozen pizza

Speaking of frozen pizza, let’s give an honorable mention

37.1 Lucky Number 7 from 7th Avenue Pizza

Pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, hamburger, mozzarella, cheddar, and provolone are neatly situated on top of the spicy sauce and thin crust. It absolutely counts as one of the must-eat foods in Minnesota.

Alright, who wants to go get some food?

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