Fear Factor Food: Twin Cities

Think you like bizarre foods? Put your taste buds to the test with these out-of-the-ordinary choices, Twin Cities-style. (Photo of lutefisk at Pearson's by Molly Priesmeyer)

Updated: October 15, 2009

Freaky Foods

Jakeeno's Pizza and Pasta

3555 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

German food meet Italian food. Now let's put you on top of it and, voila! We have a true pizza. This South Minneapolis pizza joint is famous for a few things--being a cop hangout, a Minneapolis staple its sauerkraut pizza, a combination of bitter, sweet, tangy and saucy.

Pearson's Edina Restaurant

3808 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

This Edina restaurant is known for its early-bird specials and after-church breakfasts. But it also serves up lutefisk, that pickled, aged, pickled and aged again--fish the Norwegians brought over and buried long, long ago. It comes with Swedish meatballs for $3 extra.

Himalayan Restaurant

2401 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

The word "yak" isn't exactly pleasant. And Twin Citians are known to get squeamish over buffalo burgers, let alone dumplings made with meat from that oh-so unpleasant word. But these tender and delicious dumplings from this Nepali restaurant on Franklin are worth getting over your deep-seated fear of "yak".

Ingebretsen Gift Shop

1601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Yes, this Lake Street store specializing in all things Scandinavian also sells things like lutefisk, smoked salmon and the delicacy known as fishballs. What exactly are they? They're what the store calls cod fishballs served in...brine. Does it get any fishier than that?

Burger Jones

3200 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Even for meat lovers, this thing is super scary. Think of it as a combination of all things at the State Fair, but instead of going on a stick, they get slapped between two buns. If that temps you, head out to this St. Louis Park burger joint for a giant burger topped with chicken-fried bacon, fried cheese curds and a oozing mess of Velveeta.