Review: Bananas Foster French Toast from Hamline Church Dining Hall

The Hamline Church Dining Hall has maintained a State Fair presence since 1897, making it the oldest vendor at the Fair. In spite of over 120 years of existence, my exposure to it has been surprisingly limited to the wonderful Izzy’s Ice Cream scoop shop positioned at their front door. Inside their building is a spacious dining area with a cafeteria-style setup. Long communal tables and hearty sit-down meals suggest the ultra-Minnesotan concept of a church basement. The brand new Bananas Foster French Toast drew me in past the scoop shop facade to finally get the full experience.

$9.25 gets diners a full plate of four sizeable slices of French toast, drenched in an orange-rum sauce and topped off by hefty banana slices and aerosol whipped cream. While the French toast slices were cooked to perfection, the sauce will disappoint Bananas Foster diehards, as it’s more sweet than sinful, as one may anticipate from a church. The prevalent orange shavings are a nice touch, and add both color and citrus flavor to the dish. Forget about eating this one on the go; this is a two-handed, knife and fork affair. Grab a seat next to a friendly neighbor, dig in and forget that a 100,000 people are right outside the door.

Ratings (0-4 scale):

  • Taste: 2
  • Appearance: 3
  • Novelty: 1
  • Value: 2
  • Portability: 0

Overall Score: 8/20 (Better Luck Next Year)

Categories 2018 Minnesota State Fair, Reviews

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