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10 Greatest Fair Foods On-A-Stick


Green Mill's new meatloaf on-a-stick debuting at the 2015 State Fair

Photo Courtesy of the Minnesota State Fair

We are officially 10 days out from the Minnesota State Fair, and stomachs are starting to rumble for fair-food favorites. While there are a number of new foods that have already been announced (check out New 2015 State Fair Foods for all the delicious details), it’s those classic on-a-stick eats that have our mouths watering. Here are our top 10 favorite foods on-a-stick that we can’t wait to devour when the fair starts Aug. 27.

Bacon On-A-Stick

Big Fat Bacon’s bacon on-a-stick is a mouthful that lives up to its name. A third pound of bacon grilled with gooey maple syrup and served with a delicious dipping sauce makes this slice of pork one we can get behind.

Find it: At Bacon On-A-Stick in front of the DNR building on the south side of Carnes Avenue between Liggett Street and Nelson Street.

Cheese On-A-Stick

Who can say no to cheese? While Cheese On A Stick has a number of delicious dairy options to choose from, the fried jalapeño pepper cheese on-a-stick is a favorite of ours.

Find it: At Cheese On-A-Stick on the corner of Judson Street and Nelson Street or in front of the Grand Stand.

Teriyaki Ostrich On-A-Stick

Have you ever tasted ostrich? If not, the 2015 State Fair is your chance. Chinatown Minnesota’s teriyaki ostrich on-a-stick is a delicious bite of lean meat that tastes fairly similar to beef. For a side, order a cabbage egg roll on-a-stick.

Find it: At Chinatown Minnesota inside the Food Building.

Deep Fried Candy Bars On-A-Stick

You can’t go wrong with classic deep fried candy bars. Snickers, Milky Way, Three Musketeers, Reese’s peanut butter cups (our absolute favorite), Nut Goodie Bars and Oreo cookies dipped in batter and deep fried all make for a sweet treat on-a-stick.

Find it: At Deep Fried Candy Bars by the Giant Slide on Carnes Avenue between Nelson Street and Underwood Street.

Cheesecake On-A-Stick

For a sweet indulgence, we love Granny’s cheesecake on-a-stick. While it’s delicious on its own, dipping it in chocolate, cherry or butterscotch coatings makes it even more fair-tastic. Granny’s Cheesecake also serves slicked ice cream on-a-stick, but the cheesecake is tough to pass on.

Find it: At Granny’s Cheesecake by the Butterfly House on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street.

NEW Stuffed Italian Meatloaf On-A-Stick

This meatloaf creation is one of the highly anticipated new eats at the 2015 fair. And while Green Mill’s stuffed Italian meatloaf on-a-stick is something we haven’t tried yet, it’s something we can’t wait to eat. The meatloaf is also topped with marinara sauce and parmesan herb blend that resembles a fair-fusion taste of Italy.

Find it: At Green Mill near the Family Fair and Baldwin Park on Cooper Street between Randall Avenue and Wright Avenue.

Tater Tot Hot Dish On-A-Stick

Taking a Midwestern staple and turning it into a Minnesota State Fair delicacy is exactly what Ole and Lena’s did with their tater tot hot dish on-a-stick. Embrace your northern roots, accentuate your vowels and bite into some hot dish like the true Minnesotan you are.

Find it: At Ole and Lena’s outside of the Horse Barn on Leggett Street between Carnes Avenue and Judson Avenue.

Pronto Pup On-A-Stick

When it comes to dipped dogs, Pronto Pup is the best of the best—at least to us. And you can’t order anything on a stick before chomping into the 6-inch, tasty, flour-battered, deep-fried hot dog that started the on-the-stick movement. If you’re feeling extra ravenous, opt for the Pappa Pup for 10 inches of yum.

Find it: At one of Pronto Pup’s seven locations at the fairgrounds.

Cajun Steak and Chicken On-A-Stick

Cajun cuisine is already delicious, but put it on a stick and suddenly it’s even better. Ragin Cajun has Cajun steak and chicken on-a-stick, and it is spicy, hot and reminiscent of Louisiana’s most memorable dishes.

Find it: At Ragin Cajun in The Garden by the Food Building on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street.

Scotch Egg On-A-Stick

Scotland makes its way to Minnesota with Scotch Eggs at the State Fair. A hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage, rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried is just as much a staple to the Scots as kilts are, but putting those spruced up eggs on a stick turns them into a fair front-runner.

Find it: At Scotch Eggs outside of the Horse Barn on Luggett Street between Carnes Avenue and Judson Avenue.

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