Curious…Chicago (and the suburbs) is a pretty great baseball city (Cubs, Sox, Flyers, Courgars, RailCats, etc) and a legendary food town so why are you flying in and leaving right away?
I wish you would rent a bus so we could all go along. Look forward to a description of the trip.
Now that Crabstock III is over I’m looking forward to my final ballpark trip of the year. I leave Wednesday night and fly to Chicago (free ticket) and from there will be renting a car and driving to Madison Wisconsin for the night.
Wednesday, August 30
Late Dinner- State Street Brats-Madison Wisconsin
Thursday, August 31
Breakfast- Norske Nook- Osseo WI (yes- pie for breakfast!)
Lunch- Minnesota State Fair- St Paul, MN
Dinner- Tavern On Grant- St Paul, MN
Friday, September 1
Breakfast- Hell’s Kitchen- Minneapolis, MN
Lunch- Stacy Country Cafe- Stacy MN
Dinner- Bev’s Cafe- Red Wing MN
Saturday, September 2
Lunch- Smitty’s Tenderloin Shop- Des Moines, IA
Late Afternoon Snack- Winstead’s – Kansas City, MO(tentative)
Dinner- Cunetto House of Pasta- St Louis, MO
Dessert- Ted Drewes- St Louis, MO
Sunday, September 3
Breakfast- Kaldi’s Coffee House- St Louis MO
Lunch- Either Mai Lee’s or Old St Louis Chop Suey- St Louis, MO
Dinner- Cozy Drive In and Darcy’s Pint- Springfield, IL
Monday, September 4
Oh- I’ll be seeing the Minnesota Twins host the Kansas City Royals on Thursday
afternoon and The St Louis Cardinals will host The Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday Afternoon.
Thanks! I just can’t keep up with you!
Ya missed it
What happened on your West coast trip? Did I miss the post somewhere?
I finally found your email in the zap bin of junk mail. It seems things sent through a board like this don’t survive. I have other strange problems with my online service provider’s junk mail system. I couldn’t make it Thursday anyway because of other committments, but dang! I work just a half block away from Hell’s Kitchen. Wished I had seen this thread sooner.
Glad to hear ya made it back safely.
I’m back from the last baseball trip of the season![:(]
The good news is the weather was perfect[8D] and I’m very tired[|)]
and I have to work tommorow[V]
Had some excellent midwestern Roadfood[:p]
Full report with photos later this week.
SassyGritsAL — so sorry to hear your state fair is too hot to enjoy! I think a vacation in Minnesota during the end of August is just what you need – -perfect weather, perfect fair. Candy apples are hard to find here, but I did enjoy "Hotdish on a Stick" today. As we say in Minnesota, it was . . . different.
saintpaulite – What a wonderful time you had at the fair. Our fair is crappy. It is always so hot here when the fair comes that you can’t really enjoy it. Lucky you to get married at the fair, I bet it was fun. Have a candy apple for me, thank you very much.
Stillwater is a neat place but becoming a tad too touristy. It’s a very scenic setting with a lot history but it’s closeness to the Twin Cities makes it a popular get-a-way spot and can be over run on the weekends. We have enjoyed lunches at Mad Capper, in an old building with more than generous portions of food, and at the Dock Cafe, a scenic setting along the river.
Your itinerary looks great! I had the raspberry sour cream pie at the Norske Nook in Hayward, WI about a year ago, and I’m still thinking about it. I’ve been hunting for recipes that might produce similar results, but no luck yet.
Today is day 5 of the Minnesota State Fair, and I’ve attended 4 times already. (I have to confess that my husband and I got married on the fairgrounds last June with a full fair-themed, food-on-a stick wedding, so I’m just a little bit crazy about our fair!) Don’t fill up on too much pie in Osseo, because you’ll want to save room for the Roadfood Nirvana that exists at the MN State Fair. My top picks:
1. Roasted sweet corn (the booth is near the Grandstand); the corn is so sweet and succulent it squirts when you bite into it. Dipped in butter, this is the Midwest’s finest crop at the peak of its season. I always sprinkle a little salt and pepper on my ear to complete the layers of perfection: pepper, salt, butter, sweet corn. Simple goodness.
2. Pork chop on a stick (from the booth on Judson Street, outside of the Empire Commons building — there are others on the fairgrounds, but not nearly as good as this one). Tender, grilled Minnesota pork chops dry rubbed in a spice mixture that will make you lick your fingers to get every last taste.
3. Stawberry malts in the Empire Commons building. Okay, so they’re not really malts, just cups of fresh soft-serve ice cream generously topped with stawberries and sauce, but their sweet simplicity is hard to beat. It’s mandatory that you eat one while watching one of the Princess Kay of the Milky Way princesses get her head carved in butter.
4. Just about anything at Giggles Campfire Grill. This food booth is at the far end of the fair, behind the Eco Experience and the Lumberjack demonstrations. The food is almost too high-end to be at the fair, but it’s always immensely satisfying and SO Minnesotan. The walleye cakes are a perennial favorite. This year, they’ve added "Boatload of Porcupine Meatballs." The rich, tender, moist meatballs are made of elk meat and wild rice. They sit on top of a mound of skin-on mashed potatoes covered in portobello mushroom gravy. The earthy undertones of the mushroom gravy complement the meat and potatoes perfectly. Don’t miss it! (I’ll be back for more. . .)
5. Deep-fried cheese curds. A few of these go a long way, but it’s not a trip to the fair without a dose of cheese curds. The salty, greasy batter is a sublime portal to the chewy curds of dairy delight within.
6. First fresh-pressed apple cider of the season. The only place to get this is in the Horticulture Building. Nothing refreshes the body and soul on a late summer afternoon like an ice cold cup of real cider, slightly tart and murky, the way apple cider was meant to be. Take your cup and meander over to the crop art display, the best you’ll find anywhere. If you’re lucky, Lillian Colton will be there. She’s in her nineties, but she still shows up at the fair every year to demonstrate why she’s the one and only Queen of Crop Art!
I could go on and on, for the Minnesota State Fair is brimming with culinary and cultural treasures, but I’ll let you discover the rest on your own. Hope you’ll have a little room to enjoy your supper at Tavern on Grand, where you’ll find the best Walleye in town. My favorite is the appetizer walleye basket, but the entrees area all excellent, too.
Although I worship the Minnesota Twins, I’m so sorry you’ll be spending an evening in the Metrodome. Without a doubt, the worst ballpark in MLB. We’re finally getting an outdoor park, but it won’t be ready until 2011. Until then, I’ll endure the Dome because I love the Twins, but I relish our vacation adventures planned around Twins road trips.
Let us know what your favorite foods at the MN State Fair were!
Red Wing sounds like a very quaint town. I plan on going there and to Stillwater as well for some exploring. I’ve been to the Twin Cities a few times before and I want to discover "the back roads" I’ve already made plans to stay in downtown Minneapolis. I got a great deal on hotwire for $55 a night at the Millenium Hotel.(I’ll be there two nights).
Three? I just knew of one- The Kane County Cougars.
I know there are a couple of independent teams, but I only check out the affiliated teams
I stand corrected WJ, the Cougars are the only affiliated team, a class A team of the Oakland A’s. But there is also the Schaumburg Flyers, Gary Railcats and Joliet Jackhammers all of the Northern League. I live about 2 miles from the Cougars park.
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