Mayoral Picks: Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak

BEST FESTIVAL
May Day Parade and Festival

I could name many, but May Day is the way we all want the city to be.

BEST PLACE TO SEE POLITICOS GET SCRAMBLED FOR BREAKFAST
Lucille's Kitchen Public Policy Forums

BEST HIDDEN SPOT DOWNTOWN
Elevator from municipal library to the bell tower in city hall

A claustrophobic's nightmare, but at the end is the most beautiful view of the city.

BEST STREET MUSICIAN
Al Fonse

BEST COFFEE SHOP
Anodyne
4301 Nicollet Avenue S.
Minneapolis
612.824.4300

I love them all, but I always feel like this place is ground zero for the latest cause or neighborhood issue.

BEST MEMORY LANE
The dance floor at First Avenue
701 First Avenue N.
Minneapolis
612.338.8388

Where I can stand and pretend I used to be hip.

BEST PATHOLOGICAL LIAR
Miss Richfield 1981

I never dated her, and I hate that checked dress.

BEST PLACE TO WEAR A WHITE SHIRT WHILE BOWLING
The black-light lanes at Elsie's
729 Marshall Street NE
Minneapolis
612.378.9701

BEST PARK
Theodore Wirth Park
Glenwood Avenue at Xerxes Avenue N.
Minneapolis
612.370.4903
Minneapolis

Already it's one of the great urban jewels, and we're working on more cross-country skiing, a legal mountain-biking trail, and children's garden.

 

BEST SUNSET WALK
The walking/biking bridge between the U of M's East and West banks
Minneapolis

Twenty years ago you had to sneak onto all the best bridges, but with this one and the Stone Arch Bridge now open, crossing the river can be a great sunset celebration.

BEST ENTERTAINER
Kevin Kling

He takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.

BEST PLAYWRIGHT
Beth Gilleland

BEST PRODUCERS OF AMERICAN DRAMA
Eye of the Storm

BEST RADIO STATION
KFAI

Especially jazz on Saturday mornings with the Grand Diva.

BEST HARDWARE STORE
Guse Hardware
4602 Bryant Ave S.
Minneapolis
612.824.7655

 

BEST PLACE TO BUY CDS
Electric Fetus
2000 Fourth Avenue S.
Minneapolis
612.870.9300

And I still call it a record shop. My kids think I'm such a geek.

BEST JUICE BAR
Asase-Yaa
2922 Bryant Avenue S.
Minneapolis
612.821.6484

BEST PLACE TO GET GREEN TEETH
Having a wheatgrass drink at Linden Hills Co-op
2813 W. 43rd Street
Minneapolis
612.922.1159

BEST MEAT MARKET
Linden Hills Meats
4307 Upton Avenue S.
Minneapolis
612.926.0222

Beefy enough for beef eaters and alternative enough for anybody but a vegan.

BEST SANDWICH ON A SATURDAY
Delmonico's
1112 Summer Street NE
612.331.5466
Minneapolis

Don't order a specific one--tell them to make what's good.

BEST GRANOLA
Zumbro
2803 W. 43rd Street
Minneapolis
612.920.3606

BEST BIANNUAL BRUNCH
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave
Minneapolis
612.871.4907

The Men's Chorus from the institute hosts an awesome collection of things I can't pronounce but love to eat, and the average age is 75, so it's easy to feel young.

BEST REASON TO SNEAK TO THE SUBURBS
Dim sum at Yangtze
5625 Wayzata Boulevard
St. Louis Park
952.541.9469

But I come back quickly.

BEST DOWNTOWN MEALS
(three-way tie)
Club on whole-wheat toast at Peter's Grill
114 Eighth Street S.
Minneapolis
612.333.1981

Borscht with liver sandwich at Chessen's
328 Third Street S.
Minneapolis
612.338.2755

Sozai Plate at Café Brenda
300 First Avenue N.
Minneapolis
612.342.9230

BEST PLACE TO PRETEND I'M NOT MAYOR
Stand Up Frank's
Minneapolis

BEST LEGAL HIGH
Snuff at Gasthof zur Gemütlichkeit
2300 University Avenue NE
612.781.3860
Minneapolis

 
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