As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.
There is no better celebration of all things Minnesota than the State Fair. From the green and yellow beauty of Machinery Hill to the piles of fried edibles, it's enough to make even the most cynical among us get a little nostalgic. There are always new creations, often be-sticked foods that we look forward to trying, but there precious few that properly round out the full fair experience. One of those dishes we dream about all year long is the walleye cakes at Giggles.
Tender flakes of fresh fish are mixed with plump and snappy wild rice, patted together, and then coated in breadcrumbs and fried. Frying is key to a State Fair food. Say what you will about a pickle or a smoked pork chop, our favorites for those sweltering late-August days are cooked in the same manner we are: hot and submerged in grease.
The resulting dish is wonderfully light on the fillers and delivers big time on the crunch. Sauced with a drizzle of tangy mustard, these divine little wonders disappear faster than a lumberjack on a log roll. (Plus, they can be conveniently eaten while watching lumberjacks attempting log rolls right next door!)