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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
BEST COFFEE SHOP
4301 Nicollet Avenue S.
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.
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
Theodore Wirth Park
Glenwood Avenue at Xerxes Avenue N.
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
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.
He takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.
BEST PRODUCERS OF AMERICAN DRAMA
Eye of the Storm
BEST RADIO STATION
Especially jazz on Saturday mornings with the Grand Diva.
BEST HARDWARE STORE
4602 Bryant Ave S.
BEST PLACE TO BUY CDS
2000 Fourth Avenue S.
And I still call it a record shop. My kids think I'm such a geek.
BEST JUICE BAR
2922 Bryant Avenue S.
BEST PLACE TO GET GREEN TEETH
Having a wheatgrass drink at Linden Hills Co-op
2813 W. 43rd Street
BEST MEAT MARKET
Linden Hills Meats
4307 Upton Avenue S.
Beefy enough for beef eaters and alternative enough for anybody but a vegan.
BEST SANDWICH ON A SATURDAY
1112 Summer Street NE
Don't order a specific one--tell them to make what's good.
2803 W. 43rd Street
BEST BIANNUAL BRUNCH
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave
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
But I come back quickly.
BEST DOWNTOWN MEALS
Club on whole-wheat toast at Peter's Grill
114 Eighth Street S.
Borscht with liver sandwich at Chessen's
328 Third Street S.
Sozai Plate at Café Brenda
300 First Avenue N.
BEST PLACE TO PRETEND I'M NOT MAYOR
Stand Up Frank's
BEST LEGAL HIGH
Snuff at Gasthof zur Gemütlichkeit
2300 University Avenue NE