Andrew Zimmern does Bizarre Minnesota Food

Last night’s episode of Andrew Zimmern‘s Bizarre Foods show on The Travel Channel was all about Minnesota.

He visited Ingebretsen’s, Olsen Fish Company, and the annual lutefisk dinner in Cyrus, MN (with visiting German polka band).

Of course you can’t talk about MN without talking about the State Fair with its elk burgers, cheese curds, stuff on a stick, dairy products, and Marjorie Johnson (man, she can talk).

He made the restaurant scene sound pretty good for about 10 seconds, and then he went to the Rail Station for a meat raffle. Next up was Heartland and Lenny Russo’s locally-sourced, determined-daily menu. I’m going to eat there for the first time next week.

Okay, I stopped watching after that. His next stops were the White Earth Indian Reservation and Grand Marais.

The beginning of the show kind of read like any Minnesota 8th grader’s history project (except maybe the meat raffle part). We’re all a little self-conscious about looking like rubes to folks in other states, but I had to admit that he didn’t show anything that wasn’t completely true. You just won’t find me in Cyrus, MN.

3 Comments so far

  1. moe (emoeby) on March 27th, 2008 @ 12:12 am

    I watched the episode tonight and enjoyed it quite a bit. I’ve always felt that Minnesota didn’t have enough interesting food options like some other states do, but seeing this changed that. We can be just as weird as anyone.

    I just think it’s sad that a lot of of our traditions will be lost with the younger generation. I love me some lutefisk, but not enough to ever prepare it in my own kitchen. Oh well.

  2. Erica M (ericam) on March 27th, 2008 @ 7:28 am

    My first thought while he was at the annual lutefisk dinner in Cyrus was, "Is anyone there under the age of 60?" The only reason we have lefse at home is because my girlfriend’s parents like to make it.

    I still have not tried lutefisk. I can’t even really fathom it. Maybe I should show up at Ingebretsen’s with a video camera and they’ll give me a free sample. I’ll consider it practice for when I go on Survivor (heh).

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