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Minnesota food is one of the best examples of a hidden treasure. Minnesotans have their favorite cuisine and dishes, but most people outside the state find themselves asking: “What food is Minnesota known for?”
Some of the best restaurants in Minnesota are family restaurants that specialize in local classics.
This soft Norwegian flatbread has been growing in popularity for several years now. It started to make waves back in 2012, and now it’s become part of a holiday tradition for people all across the state. You’ll find Lefse at bakeries and restaurants scattered around Minnesota, but Norsland Lefse is probably most famous for having it all year long. It’s a treat anyone is sure to enjoy!
Walleye is the state fish of Minnesota and one of its most enduring contributions to amazing American food. You can find it battered, fried, smoked, and even on sticks. People love to fish for this delicacy in Minnesota’s many lakes. Walleye is popular in tavern-style establishments, but you can also get them at world-famous Target Field during a family outing.
Fry bread is considered the official state bread of South Dakota, but it’s just as popular here, too! You’re sure to have seen fry bread offered at food trucks around the Twin Cities: Now, you can chase them down to their source. Vellee Deli at Baker Center has the same menu as the food truck and can offer anything from Mexican to Asian food thanks to its unique fusion style.
Two competing restaurants claim to have had the original idea for this burger, where the cheese is cooked directly into the meat. If you’re looking for a fun time with the kids, The 5-8 Club is the more welcoming of the two. Originally a speakeasy opened in the 1920s; it has become one of the most iconic family burger restaurants in the Twin Cities area. Don’t miss it!
Iron Range Porketta
What were you expecting, lutefisk? Iron Range Porketta is a take-off on the traditional Italian prochetta. It started out exclusive to Northern Minnesota, though it has since spread throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Fennel and garlic give this local pork sandwich its unique flavor. You’re sure to find these at the Minnesota State Fair along with deep-fried cheese curds.
Minnesota’s cuisine is exciting – and much of it is beloved by kids and adults of all ages. Any of these meals will be perfect to accent a fun family night!
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