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Published July 15, 2013, 10:28 PM

Downtown Street Fair food options highlighted by first-time vendors

Fargo - For some coming out to the Street Fair in downtown Fargo this week, it’s all about the food.

Fargo - For some coming out to the Street Fair in downtown Fargo this week, it’s all about the food.

This year, the fair’s food court, which will be set up in the usual location of Second Avenue North and Broadway, is the most varied yet, according to Jed Pahan, vice president of the Downtown Community Partnership, which organizes the event.

“We’re excited for this year’s food options,” Pahan says. “It’s probably one of the most diverse we’ve seen in recent years.”

Foodies can expect to find the usual suspects at the fair, like cheese curds or fry bread tacos, or even fancier options from the past like red velvet funnel cakes and fried catfish.

Beyond the standard fair fare, there are a couple notable vendors making their debuts visitors might find intriguing, Pahan says.

Sweeto Burrito

One of the companies marking their first time at street fair – and also their first appearance in Fargo – is Sweeto Burrito.

The restaurant chain is coming to Fargo from western North Dakota’s Oil Patch, where they’ve operated a food trailer for about a year, according to CEO Jon Pierre Francia.

In addition to having a food trailer at the Street Fair, the company will be opening a quick-service restaurant at 117 Broadway (currently the location of 109 Consign) in September, Francia said.

Scott Upton, one of the co-owners of Fargo’s Sweeto Burrito, says the restaurant’s burrito offerings are different than what people might find at places like Qdoba or Panchero’s Mexican grills.

“The burritos have a lot more variety – they’re not just your steak or chicken options,” he says.

Options include the Buff Chic burrito, with buffalo chicken topped with tater tots, cheddar cheese and cilantro ranch sauce. Or try the Smokehouse, with chicken, bacon, onion strings and cheddar cheese also topped with cilantro ranch.

Burritos cost around $5 for a 9-ounce meal, and around $9 for a larger, 18-ounce size.

The Sweeto Burrito food trailer should be a mainstay at regional fairs and festivals, Upton says.

Lush Lola’s

Also making its debut will be Lush Lola’s, a local gourmet food catering and concessions company.

Before last year, Lush Lola’s was only a part-time venture for owners Shannon and Jim Malzahn. Last August, though, they received a call from WE Fest organizers asking if they wanted to sell their food at the Detroit Lakes, Minn., country music festival.

Since then, Shannon Malzahn says, the family has jumped into the food business full time.

Lush Lola’s will debut two items at the fair, according to Shannon Malzahn.

The Slathered Pig is a beer-braised pork sandwich topped with homemade coleslaw and rum BBQ sauce. The Slop Bucket includes french fries topped with pulled pork, gravy and mozzarella cheese (Malzahn says the Slop Bucket is similar to the Canadian dish poutine).

Malzahn said the coldness of the coleslaw on the Slathered Pig could help foodies fight the always-oppressive July Street Fair heat.

“This seemed like the right venue to put out more menu options,” Malzahn says. “We’re really excited about it.”

Street Fair food venders

Along Second Avenue North

• Café Aladdin

• Mezzaluna

• Wurstmacher’s

• Pacific Rim Noodles

• Bronson Concessions

• Arctic Blast

• Sweeto Burrito

• Not Just an Almond

• Specific Foods

• Carolina Catering

• Miller Concessions

• Chan’s Concessions

• Fry Bread Tacos

• Carolina Catering

• Specific Foods

• Miller Concessions

• Lush Lola’s

• Verdi’s Italian Market

• Santa Lucia, Shake Shack

• Café Aladdin

• Regal’s Concessions

• D&B Fresh Cut Fries

• Blue Loon Concessions

Along Broadway

• Billy Bayou Old Fashioned Soda Cart

• Baja Smoothies

• Copper Kettle Corn

• Dippin’ Dots

• Josie’s Corner Strawberry Patch

• La La’s Homemade Ice Cream

• Mama LaRonni’s Gourmet Italian Treats

• Miller Concessions’ Lemonade Stand

• Ro Ro’s Concessions’ Lemonade Cart

• Simply Nuts and More

• Tasty Kettle Corn

• Forum Communications’ “Chop Talk” (Thursday only)

If you go

• What: Downtown Fargo Street Fair

• When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday

• Where: Downtown Fargo

• Info: More info and a map of food vendors and artists/crafters is available at www.downtownfargo.com.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535