Get this man a used-car lot: John Thomas and his cheesecake work the crowd.
Day 10: A new dessert in town
I never would have known about deep-fried cheesecake had John Thomas not stuck it in my face.
"C'mon! Have a sniff! Get a whiff of that, wouldja?"
I've gotta hand it to him. He's good. The 52-year-old from South Minneapolis knows how to work the crowds outside the Robbinsdale Order of the Eastern Star Dining Hall.
He's pushing the deep-fried cheesecake on a stick, a new item this year. It's not on my official media list. I'm intrigued.
It's a pastry pocket of sorts that's sprinkled with sugar and drizzled with chocolate sauce. The cheesecake is warm, giving the dessert the feel of a cheese danish. The only dessert of its kind on a stick, I think.
We discuss the merits of coffee vs. milk with the thing, when suddenly the dude goes off on a talk about the lack of low-cal items at the fair.
"There's no 1 percent or skim milk here," he says. "There's diet cola, but when I go to the A&W stand, there's no diet root beer. We need to have diet items for those who need them."
This is the Fair.
You kinda got the wrong crowd here.