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Jun 14, 2007 04:40 PM

MN State Fair Style Cheese Curds?

I have a craving and can't wait until August. Is there anywhere with state fair style cheese curds that are available year-round?

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  1. I like the ones at Psycho Suzi's in NE Minneapolis.

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    1. re: jaycooke

      there are a few different styles @ the fair, but the best ones I've had...anywhere...are @ the Town Talk Diner.

    2. The Groveland Tap has them, along with mini-corn dogs. Can't vouch for either, though, because it's downhill from there to chocolate malts and a barrel-o-fries. Must. have. limits.

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      1. re: KTFoley

        The cheese curds at Culver's are pretty good.

      2. I haven't tried them yet and don't know if they're state fair style, but Quince mentions here that Conny's Creamy Cone in St. Paul has them. It's just a little snack shack, so, you'll probably feel like you're at the State Fair, too, since you'd have to eat them outside. Sadly, this isn't a "year round" venure, just a spring/summer thing, but at least it's open longer than 2 weeks!


        1. My favorite at the State Fair are from The Mouse Trap...I suppose Town Talk has the closest to those, but to really get it right, you've got to make them yourself. Make a batter a little thicker and tempora batter, season it, snack heaven.

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          1. re: Foureyes137

            Yeah, the Mouse Trap is a must-visit for us at the State Fair every year, too! Thank goodness we only adopt the "State Fair" diet once a year. We also have to have the fries (from the place the cuts them right there from actual potatoes), and WhateverIsNewOnAStick.

            I also like the toasted chocolate sandwich.


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              We cannot start talking about the Fair this early! It's making me anxious! And yeah, my body would never be able to take more than a day of curds, gator bites, deep fried mac & cheese, Sweet Martha's, apples, spaghetti and meatballs on a stick, and nitro iced cream.

              And this year, STRONG BEER!!!!!!


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                I feel the need to interject that "The Mouse Trap" was allowed to displace the "original" cheese curd-making group (not that it's particularly difficult) by essentially promising the State Fair they could bring in more cash. I don't particularly like that idea, so I buy my curds from the stand on Dan Patch Ave, which is still run by the cheese curd pioneers. Given that those of the Chowish mind might be inclined to agree, I thought I'd share.


                1. re: gromit

                  When was that, gromit? Recently?


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    It must have ben more than 4 years ago as as long as I've been going to the fair, it's been the Mouse Trap...and considering the volume I see them do, I might guess they have fulfilled their half of the deal. Business is business I suppose.

                    1. re: Foureyes137

                      Part of what makes the mouse trap my favorite is those giant vats of oil they use for the cheese curds--I think somehow, they are able to get the oil to the perfect temperature and maintain it. I've never noticed the oil being stale, either, which is another problem you sometimes encounter.


                  2. re: gromit

                    I, too, only do Dan Patch. Never knew why, just I was told that was THE PLACE for 'curds. Think I'll continue in my ways, I'm such a romanticist. :)

              2. The Nook in St Paul puts out some mean cheese curds. I can't say for sure how closely they resemble state fair curds, but that's only because I've had state fair curds once...

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                1. re: eleaticstranger

                  Humor me...I am from CT...and will be im Minneapolis is a few eeks and I like regional stuff but what the heck is a cheese curd?

                  1. re: sodagirl

                    IMO it's more of a Wiscompton delicacy, but I digress.

                    It is just what it sounds like, cheese curd before it has been pressed and aged. So, like, raw cheese if you will.


                    1. re: Foureyes137

                      but am I correct , when people on this board refer to them at the State Fair
                      and elsewhere, they mean BREADED AND DEEP-FRIED cheese curds.
                      Kind of a different animal from the raw naked variety.

                      1. re: faith

                        In this instance, it would appear so, however I wouldn't assume "cheese curd" means "deep fried cheese curd" in general on the midwest board.

                        I eat cheese curds everytime we go to Wisconsin...I only eat the fried ones, maybe, twice a year in MN.

                        1. re: Foureyes137

                          For the naked variety,make the road trip through Hudson WI,take the River Falls exit and keeeep drivin' over to Ellsworth.The creamery is nirvana-dairy fudge,a quartered lb. of butter for 1.75 and 4 varieties of curds.They sell so fast that they aren't refridgerated,which makes them extra squeaky.Its worth the trip.