We hear talk of traditional Minnesota foods over and over again, but for the most part, we’re getting laughed at. We still can’t live down lutefisk, and we still can’t let go of that whole grape salad thing either (we swear, our Thanksgivings are top-notch), so it’s time to do a quick roundup of foods that are truly 100% Minnesotan, and 100% delicious. Eat it: literally.

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What are some totally iconic Minnesota foods?  

Minnesota, like anywhere else, certainly has its fair share of iconic foods and food-based traditions. There are actually quite a few options when it comes to Minnesota foods, but one of our favorite dishes has to be SweeTango apples. They’re perfectly crisp, sweet, and tangy, and when we mention crisp, we mean crisp – they're famous for having the loudest crunch upon being bitten into! Another example of food Minnesota is known for is the “strawberry delight”, which is made of cream cheese, milk, graham crackers, strawberries, and strawberry gelatin. We promise it’s way better than it sounds like it should be.  

What are some foods Minnesota is known for?  

Of course, the list of Minnesota cuisine isn’t limited to the things listed above. There are so many foods you’ll find to be popular in Minnesota that simply aren’t so beloved anywhere else, and we think that’s part of what makes life in Minnesota so sweet. Other foods Minnesota is known for include such tasty gems as “glorified rice”, an interesting dessert made of rice, whipped cream, and pineapple chunks, as well as Morcella cheese, which originated right here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. It’s made of sheep’s milk and often peppered with delicious, locally sourced morel mushrooms.  

Where are some of the best restaurants in Minnesota?  

Believe it or not, Minnesota is an excellent state for foodies. There are hundreds – if not thousands – of incredible options when it comes to places to eat in Minnesota. Luckily for those who don’t enjoy traveling so much, many of these restaurants are located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Some of the best, highest-rated restaurants in Minnesota include the Birchwood Café in Minneapolis, Lindey’s Prime Steakhouse in Arden Hills, and Revival MPLS, which is also in Minneapolis. There are loads of great places to eat in Minnesota!  

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