Arnold's Inaugural Midwest Fest Is Full of Kitschy — and Fried — Flyover State Cuisine

The weekend-long fest promises to offer more than a party devoted to ranch dressing. Chef Kayla Robison will feature delicacies from South Dakota to Indiana, with regional beers to pair.

Oct 26, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Tater Tot Hot Dish from North Dakota - Photo:
Tater Tot Hot Dish from North Dakota

It's our time to shine, Midwesterners. Downtown eatery Arnold's Bar and Grill is celebrating the often-neglected flyover states with a weekend-long fest devoted to culinary classic cherished across the region. 

The inaugural Midwest Fest will take place from 4-10 p.m. on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 and will feature a menu of delicacies whipped up by chef Kayla Robison (who hails from North Dakota), along with craft beers from throughout the Midwest. 

Appetizers range from Wisconsin fried cheese curds to Cincinnati goetta Hanky Pankies and the mysterious Midwestern ramen noodle salad. 

Entrees include Minnesota's Juicy Lucy Burger, Illinois' Italian beef, North Dakota's Tater Tot Hot Dish and South Dakota's frybread tacos. 

All dishes will be served, of course, with ranch dressing. 

Brews include Three Floyd's Zombie Dust from Muenster, Indiana; Toppling Goliath's Pseudo Sue from Decorah, Iowa; Bell's Brewery's Larry's Latest Juicy IPA from Kalamazoo, Michigan; Great Lakes Brewing Company's Christmas Ale from Cleveland; and Old Style from Chicago. 

Due to the pandemic, seating is limited and guests must wear their masks when not seated. 

If you are interested in learning how to make a few recipes yourself, follow Arnold's on Facebook and watch as chef Robison whips up Midwestern dishes leading up to the celebration via her live video series every Tuesday at 6 p.m. 

Arnold's Bar and Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown. 

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