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Best New Bites This Summer in RiverSouth

With the state fair kicking off this week, everyone is talking about new foods. But have you tried all the new tastes in RiverSouth this year? With a few weeks left in summer and the Renaissance Festival just kicking off, there’s still plenty of time. Here are our picks for the best new bites guaranteed to satisfy all your culinary cravings.

Renaissance Festival

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is not just about great entertainment—it’s about great food too!

Get your sugar fix with new waffle tacos, just one of the new sugary delights debuting this year. Waffle tacos come in three sweet and savory options—chicken tenders with fried onions and jalapeños, bacon with maple syrup, or berries with whipped cream and caramel. Meat lovers, don’t miss the Italian Grinder, a hoagie roll stuffed full of Italian sausage, cheese and flavorful marinara.


Seafood lovers, surf on over to the Legend Stage and you’ll find an ocean of new things nearby to try. Try a breaded cod sandwich, fried oysters or a breaded shrimp and oyster Po’ Boy on a sourdough roll.



Valleyfair has joined food truck frenzy with its very own Taste of Valleyfair. Located within Soak City Waterpark, the park’s new truck is serving up a fresh and dynamic taco menu created by culinary manager, Chef Luis Carrillo.


Join Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang for some Rita’s Ice and stay “Joe Cool” during the dog days of summer! Rita’s Italian Ice now has two new Valleyfair locations, combining ice and fresh fruit for 65 different flavors of fun! Rita’s didn’t invent Italian Ice, but they certainly made it cool. Ice + Custard + Happiness = Rita’s!


Canterbury Park

Pub Grub is Canterbury Park’s newest craft food experience, located adjacent to the Chalk Pub. It’s home to food pairings complementing the rotating selection of craft beers available next door. It’s also a sure bet for bargain bites with a variety of unique pub food options under $10! Try one of their specialty paninis, sliders or flatbreads, hop across the pond with Scotch eggs or bangers and mash, and don’t miss their Happy Hour beer brats on Friday nights!


If you’re looking for a more upscale dining experience at the track, head upstairs to Triple Crown Buffet. The completely remodeled buffet at Canterbury has a lot to love including made-to-order crêpes and omelets, delicious crab legs, crisp summer salads, juicy prime rib and decadent desserts.  Dig in to the prime rib buffet on Thursdays for $26.95, seafood night on Fridays for $32.95, or try the $19.95 brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are available for third level tables. Get buffet menu details here.


Mystic Lake

Grilling out might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about visiting Mystic Lake, but did you know that The Meadows Bar and Grille has a beautiful outdoor patio with gorgeous golf course views? Every Thursday night the chefs are firing up the grill right on the patio and serving up a delicious summer barbecue special with a menu heavy on the classics. Choose New York strip steak, grilled salmon or bone-in pork chop with summer sides and dessert.


The mind-blowing variety of foods and flavors at Mystic Lake’s award-winning buffet starts with the recipes. Chef Ted Hanegraaf perfected his recipe for Jamaican jerk chicken legs over many backyard barbecues. He eventually brought it work where it won rave reviews from his colleagues and guests alike. Back this summer by popular demand, it’s one of many seasonal summer entrées, sides and desserts served fresh daily at The Buffet.


With so many tempting options, there’s something to please every palate. From finger food to fine dining, from quick bites to date nights, find your flavor of fun in RiverSouth.

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