Best of the Twin Cities: Winners

THE CITY GRITTY

BEST SIGN OF SPRING Extended cigarette breaks

BEST FREE PARKING The I-94 overpass next to the Basilica

BEST GAS STATION Pump 'N Munch

BEST PUB QUIZ Brit's Pub

BEST PUBLIC RESTROOM Ike's Food & Cocktails

BEST CHEAP THRILL Crystal meth

BEST VILLAIN Big Tobacco
Readers' Choice: Tim Pawlenty

BEST BROKEN PROMISE R.T. Rybak and William McManus

BEST HELLRAISER OR ACTIVIST GROUP Communities United Against Police Brutality

BEST MAYOR Randy Kelly

BEST BOONDOGGLE Photo cop

BEST VAMPYRE Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey

BEST POLITICIAN Mike Hatch
Readers' Choice: Paul Wellstone

BEST CRIMINAL Joshua Adam Gardner

BEST LOCAL BOY GONE BAD Dean Zimmerman

BEST LOCAL BOY MADE GOOD Daunte Culpepper
Readers' Choice: Al Franken

BEST LOCAL GIRL MADE GOOD Nicole Lea Helget
Readers' Choice: Diablo Cody

BEST LOCAL GIRL GONE BAD Nicole Lea Helget

BEST CAREER MOVE Kirby Puckett

BEST VICTIM The Minnesota Vikings

BEST CORPORATE CITIZEN Kevin Garnett

BEST GADFLY Ed Morrissey

BEST REASON NOT TO OVERHAUL YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT The Star Tribune

BEST LOCALLY GENERATED WEBSITE Cursor

BEST BLOG (LEFT-WING) Minvolved

BEST BLOG (PERSONAL) Driver2165

BEST BLOG (RIGHT-WING) Nihilist in Golf Pants

BEST BLOG (SPECIALTY) MN Beer

BEST LITERARY PERIODICAL Rain Taxi Review of Books

BEST REASON TO READ THE PIONEER PRESS Tim Nelson

BEST REASONS TO READ THE STAR TRIBUNE Dennis Anderson and Chris Welsch

BEST CHARITY Minnesota AIDS Project

BEST FESTIVAL MayDay Parade and Festival

BEST FARMERS' MARKET Minneapolis Farmers' Market

BEST LIBRARY Sumner

BEST ARCHITECTURAL RENOVATION OF AN OLD BUILDING Franklin Community Library

BEST USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS Minneapolis Central Library

BEST LOFT OR CONDO PROJECT Le Parisien Flats and Marketplace

BEST PLACE TO WASTE TIME PRODUCTIVELY Minnesota Historical Society Library

BEST STATE FAIR ATTRACTION The 4-H Livestock Show Barn Area

BEST STATE FAIR FOOD Honey Sunflower Ice Cream
Readers' Choice: Cheese curds

BEST SUBURBAN LAKE AREA Square Lake Park

BEST REASON NOT TO MOVE TO THE 'BURBS Soul-crushing traffic that will only get worse

BEST NEW NAME FOR COON RAPIDS Increasingly Indistinguishable Minneapolis Suburb #41

BEST WEEKEND GETAWAY Superior Hiking Trail

BEST PLACE TO MEET GAY FAMILIES Rainbow Families Annual Conference

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS Minnehaha Falls
Readers' Choice: Mall of America

BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE Bryant-Lake Bowl
Readers' Choice: Bryant-Lake Bowl

BEST PLACE TO GET DUMPED Mall of America

BEST PLACE TO DUMP SOMEONE Southdale Center 16 movie theatre

BEST SIGNAGE Murray's Steakhouse

BEST VIEW Walker Art Center

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

BEST RADIO STATION ABOUT NOTHING WFMP-FM

BEST RADIO STATION KFAI-FM
Readers' Choice: The Current, 89.3 FM

BEST AM RADIO PERSONALITY Tommy Mischke
Readers' Choice: Al Franken

BEST FM RADIO PERSONALITY Dan Donovan
Readers' Choice: Mary Lucia

BEST SPORTS TALK RADIO HOST Dan Barreiro

BEST COLUMNIST Katherine Kersten
Readers' Choice: Nick Coleman

BEST TV NEWSCASTER Julie Nelson
Readers' Choice: Don Shelby

BEST TV WEATHERPERSON Paul Douglas
Readers' Choice: Belinda Jensen

BEST TV STATION TPT-2
Readers' Choice: KARE-11

BEST MAKEOVER OF A TV PERSONALITY Cyndy Brucato

BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR Eric Perkins
Readers' Choice: Randy Shaver

BEST TREND IN LOCAL RADIO The iPod Effect

BEST HIP-HOP RADIO PROGRAM The Session

BEST JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM KFAI's weekday night jazz programs

BEST RADIO PROGRAM AFTER MIDNIGHT The Rhythm Lab

BEST STAGE PRODUCTION Please Don't Blow Up Mr. Boban

BEST COMEDY Shut Your American Pie-Hole; Or Discount Family Values

BEST AREA PREMIERE Take Me Out

BEST INDEPENDENT THEATER Frank Theatre

BEST THEATER FOR DRAMA Pillsbury House Theatre
Readers' Choice: Guthrie

BEST DIRECTOR Peter Rothstein

BEST ACTOR (FEMALE) Kate Eifrig

BEST ACTOR (MALE) Bob Malos

BEST SINGLE-ARTIST SHOW "House of Oracles: A Huang Yong Ping Retrospective"

BEST BOOK The Painted Drum

BEST FILM "The Wood Witch"

BEST NATIONAL TV COMMERCIAL WITH A LOCAL SOUNDTRACK "Double Dutch" (Iffy)

BEST PUBLIC-ACCESS CABLE TV SHOW Mikenastics

BEST DANCER Mary Ann Bradley

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER Uri Sands

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Danny Buraczeski's Jazzdance

BEST ART GALLERY Outsiders and Others Art Gallery and Mentorship Studio
Readers' Choice: Walker Art Center

BEST MUSEUM Walker Art Center
Readers' Choice: Science Museum of Minnesota

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBIT Tornado exhibit at the Minnesota History Center

BEST PUBLIC ART Landmark: 24 Hours @ The Stone Arch Bridge

BEST BUDGET MOVIE THEATER Roseville 4

BEST MOVIE THEATER Riverview Theater
Readers' Choice: Riverview Theater

BEST ART CINEMA Oak Street Cinema

OUT & ABOUT

BEST DAY TRIP Winona

BEST FISHING HOLE Pike Island

BEST PLACE TO BIRD-WATCH Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area

BEST PLACE TO HIKE Interstate Park

BEST BIKE TRAIL Elm Creek Park Reserve

BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE Centennial Lakes Park

BEST PLACE TO CANOE St. Croix River

BEST BEACH North Beach, Lake Harriet
Readers' Choice: Lake Calhoun

BEST PLACE TO JOG East and West River Roads

BEST TENNIS COURTS Bassett Creek Park

BEST GOLF COURSE Inver Wood
Readers' Choice: Theodore Wirth Park

BEST GYM YWCA Midtown

BEST SPIN CLASS The Firm—A Workout Studio

BEST YOGA One Yoga

BEST PLACE TO LEARN TO DANCE University of Minnesota Barbara Barker Center for Dance

BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL Fat Boy Billiards
Readers' Choice: City Billiards

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Elsie's Bowling Center
Readers' Choice: Bryant-Lake Bowl

BEST BOXER Jason Litzau

BEST COACH John Gagliardi
Readers' Choice: Ron Gardenhire

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Cole Konrad
Readers' Choice: Ryan Potulny

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER Darren Sharper
Readers' Choice: Brad Johnson

BEST TWINS PLAYER Carlos Silva
Readers' Choice: Torii Hunter

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER Kevin Garnett
Readers' Choice: Kevin Garnett

BEST LYNX PLAYER Nicole Ohlde
Readers' Choice: Nicole Ohlde

BEST HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE Tayler Hill

BEST THUNDER PLAYER Dustin Branan

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A MOVIE OUTDOORS Loring Park (Summer Music and Movies)

BEST ROMANTIC BIKE RIDE Midtown Greenway

BEST PUBLIC PARK Fort Snelling State Park
Readers' Choice: Como Park

BEST PICNIC SPOT Prospect Park Water Tower and Tower Hill Park

BOUGHT & SOLD

BEST BIKE SHOP One on One Bicycle Studio

BEST COMIC BOOK SHOP Big Brain Comics

BEST BOOKSTORE (CHAIN) Borders Book Shop
Readers' Choice: Barnes & Noble

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) Booksmart

BEST BOOKSTORE (INDIE) Magers and Quinn
Readers' Choice: Magers and Quinn

BEST PLACE TO BUY VINYL Fifth Element

BEST CD STORE (USED) Cheapo
Readers' Choice: Cheapo

BEST CD STORE (NEW) The Electric Fetus
Readers' Choice: Electric Fetus

BEST TOBACCONIST Lewis Pipe & Tobacco

BEST PET ADOPTION Midwestern Avian Adoption and Rescue Society

BEST DOG TRAINING Twin Cities Obedience Training Club

BEST GARDEN CENTER Lyndale Garden Center
Readers' Choice: Bachman's

BEST GIFT STORE Patina
Readers' Choice: Patina

BEST GOLF SHOP The Golf Club Hospital

BEST YARN STORE The Yarnery

BEST ART SUPPLIES Wet Paint

BEST HARDWARE STORE Gardner Hardware Co.
Readers' Choice: Ace Hardware

BEST ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE Art & Architecture

BEST PIANO TUNERS Gagnon Piano Service

BEST MUSIC STORE (LOCAL YOKEL) Groth Music Co.

BEST MUSIC STORE (CHAIN) Guitar Center

BEST LAUNDROMAT Rainbow Laundromat

BEST PLACE TO BUY STRIPPER CLOTHES Sex World

BEST TOY STORE Robot Love
Readers' Choice: Creative Kidstuff

BEST PLACE TO DROP OFF YOUR KID FOR A WHILE Ikea Home Furnishings

BEST PLACE TO GET LOST WHILE RUNNING ERRANDS Bauer Brothers Salvage

BEST BOUTIQUE Design Collective

BEST SHOE STORE Bay Street Shoes & Accessories

BEST THRIFT STORE Unique Thrift Store
Readers' Choice: Unique Thrift Store

BEST CLOTHING (MEN) Top Shelf Custom Suits and Custom Shirts

BEST USED FURNITURE Succotash

BEST HAIRCUT Aveda Institute
Readers' Choice: Moxie

BEST COMPUTER REPAIR General NanoSystems

BEST ELECTRONICS (PROLETARIAN) Radio Shack

BEST ELECTRONICS (AUDIOPHILE) Stereoland

BEST PLACE TO RENT FOREIGN FILMS Intercontinental Video

BEST DVD RENTAL Cinema Revolution

BEST VIDEO RENTAL Nicollet Village Video
Readers' Choice: Netflix

RESTAURANTS

BEST RESTAURANT— MINNEAPOLIS La Belle Vie

BEST LOCAL CHEF Tim McKee
La Belle Vie

BEST RESTAURANT FOR DESSERT La Belle Vie
Readers' Choice: Cafe Latté

BEST WINE LIST La Belle Vie
Readers' Choice: Riverview Wine Bar

BEST WINE BAR Riverview Wine Bar

BEST CHEAP EATS Café Latté
Readers' Choice: Chipotle

BEST COFFEEHOUSE Riverview Café
Readers' Choice: Dunn Bros.

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH Signature Café

BEST BARISTA Sean at Espresso

BEST BREAKFAST Hell's Kitchen
Readers' Choice: Key's Café

BEST BREAKFAST WITH A HANGOVER Keegan's Pub

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT Masa
Readers' Choice: Pepito's

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT Great India
Readers' Choice: Taste of India

BEST RESTAURANT FOR GLUTTONS New King's Buffet

BEST DIM SUM Mandarin Kitchen

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT Evergreen Taiwanese Restaurant
Readers' Choice: Rainbow Chinese

BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Mai Village
Readers' Choice: Quang

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Stella's Fish Café

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT Sakura
Readers' Choice: Fuji-Ya

BEST KOREAN RESTAURANT King's Fine Korean Cuisine

BEST THAI RESTAURANT Tum Rup Thai
Readers' Choice: Sawatdee

BEST TAKEOUT Chiang Mai Thai
Readers' Choice: Pizza Lucé

BEST PLACE TO EAT OUT WITH KIDS Yum!

BEST RESTAURANT FOR OUTDOOR DINING Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

BEST RESTAURANT FOR ROMANCE Black Forest Inn
Readers' Choice: W.A. Frost

BEST RESTAURANT FOR LATE-NIGHT DINING Azia
Readers' Choice: Perkins

BEST VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Sapor Café and Bar
Readers' Choice: Café Brenda

BEST HARD-CORE VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT Ecopolitan

BEST RESTAURANT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Singapore Chinese Cuisine

BEST COMMUNITY-BUILDING CAFE LoTo

BEST SERVICE AT A RESTAURANT Napa Valley Grille
Readers' Choice: Oceanaire

BEST STEAK HOUSE Murray's Restaurant & Cocktail
Readers' Choice: Manny's Steakhouse

BEST RESTAURANT FOR A FIRST DATE duplex

BEST RESTAURANT FOR APPETIZERS Café Lurcat

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT Vincent A Restaurant
Readers' Choice: Vincent A Restaurant

BEST GREEK RESTAURANT Christos

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT (CHEAP) Broder's Pasta Bar
Readers' Choice: Cosetta

BEST ITALIAN (NOT CHEAP) Ristorante Luci
Readers' Choice: Buca di Beppo

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT Emily's Lebanese Deli

BEST NEW RESTAURANT 112 Eatery
Readers' Choice: 112 Eatery

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD CAFÉ—MINNEAPOLIS Corner Table

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD CAFÉ—ST. PAUL Heartland

BEST RESTAURANT—ST. PAUL W.A. Frost and Company

BEST STAR CHEF EXPERIENCE IN A RESTAURANT Restaurant Levain

BEST RESTAURANT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS PAYING Five Restaurant & Street Lounge
Readers' Choice: Manny's Steakhouse

BEST RESTAURANT TREND Wine for the people

FOODSTUFF

BEST HOT DOGS Tollefson Family Pork

BEST NATURAL FOODS GROCERY Whole Foods
Readers' Choice: The Wedge

BEST NATURAL GROCER IN A NON-GRANOLA NEIGHBORHOOD Lakewinds

BEST FRESH PRODUCE The Wedge Community Co-op
Readers' Choice: The Wedge

BEST GOURMET GROCERY Kowalski's
Readers' Choice: Kowalski's

BEST APPLE ORCHARD Fischer's Croix Farm Orchard

BEST CHOCOLATE Legacy Chocolates

BEST ICE CREAM PARLOR Crema Café

BEST COFFEE (BY THE POUND) Peace Coffee
Readers' Choice: Peace Coffee

BEST BAKERY Patrick's French Bakery
Readers' Choice: Wuollet

BEST BREAD Rustica Bakery

BEST CHEESE SELECTION Surdyk's Gourmet Cheese Shop

BEST FISH MARKET Coastal Seafoods

BEST FISH FRY St. Albert the Great Catholic Church

BEST DELICATESSEN Cecils Delicatessen

BEST SOUL FOOD Abundant Bistro & Catering

BEST FRIED CHICKEN Nardie's Café

BEST FRIES Café Barbette
Readers' Choice: McDonald's

BEST PIZZA Pizza Nea
Readers' Choice: Pizza Lucé

BEST SUSHI Origami
Readers' Choice: Fuji-Ya

BEST ASIAN GROCERY Shuang Hur Oriental Market

BEST INDIAN GROCERY Patel Grocery and Video

BEST LATINO GROCERY Marissa's Panaderia #2

BEST BURRITO Pineda Tacos

BEST BURGER Matt's Bar
Readers' Choice: Matt's Bar

BEST BURGER (GOURMET) Joe's Garage

BEST BARBECUE Ted Cook's 19th Hole Barbecue
Readers' Choice: Famous Dave's

BEST CANDY STORE Candyland

BEST LIQUOR STORE Blue Max Liquors
Readers' Choice: Surdyk's

BEST WINE STORE Hennepin-Lake Liquors
Readers' Choice: Surdyk's

SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL

BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE Adult Only Superstore

BEST STRIP CLUB 22nd Avenue Station
Readers' Choice: Seville Club

BEST LINGERIE Frederick's of Hollywood

BEST BARTENDER Michel Bechara
Readers' Choice: Rachel Hager (New Dehli)

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR—MINNEAPOLIS Spring Street Tavern
Readers' Choice: Chatterbox

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR—ST. PAUL The Muddy Pig
Readers' Choice: The Muddy Pig

BEST OPEN BAR/PATIO The Liffey

BEST BAR YOU CAN SMOKE IN Al's Liquors

BEST BEER SELECTION IN A BAR Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar
Readers' Choice: Old Chicago

BEST LOCALLY CREATED COCKTAIL The Cosmopolitan

BEST COCKTAILS Red Dragon Restaurant
Readers' Choice: Chino Latino

BEST MARGARITA Boca Chica Restaurante

BEST BLOODY MARY Uptown Bar and Café

BEST MARTINI Moscow on the Hill

BEST HAPPY HOUR Koyi Sushi
Readers' Choice: Figlio

BEST IRISH PUB The Local
Readers' Choice: The Local

BEST GAY BAR, BEST LESBIAN BAR The Town House
Readers' Choice: Gay 90's, The Townhouse

BEST OPEN-MIC FOR COMEDY Acme Comedy Co.

BEST JUKEBOX Triple Rock Social Club

BEST SONGWRITER P.O.S.

BEST VOCALIST (FEMALE) Kim Roe

BEST VOCALIST (MALE) Robert Robinson

BEST ALBUM OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS Atmosphere, 'You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having'

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (TOURING) The Go! Team at First Avenue, 10.18.05

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (LOCAL) Brother and Sister Summer Camp, 7.16.05

BEST LIVE ARTIST Birthday Suits

BEST ROCK BAND Sicbay
Readers' Choice: Dazy Head Mazy

BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST I Self Devine
Readers' Choice: Atmosphere

BEST BLUES BAND The Butanes
Readers' Choice: Root City Band

BEST CLUB DJ Attitude City Duo Karl Frankowski & Jeff Dubois
Readers' Choice: Jake Rudh

BEST HIP-HOP DJ Willy Lose

BEST ACOUSTIC PERFORMER House of Mercy Band

BEST JAZZ ARTIST Phil Hey
Readers' Choice: Happy Apple

BEST R&B ARTIST Mick Sterling
Readers' Choice: Prince

BEST NEW BAND Ass

BEST OLD BAND Salamander

BEST BAND TO BREAK UP IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS The Midnight Evils

BEST LOCAL MUSIC COMPILATION Friends with Benefits: A Compilation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis

BEST LOCAL RECORD LABEL Modern Radio

BEST ROCK CLUB Turf Club
Readers' Choice: First Avenue

BEST CONCERT VENUE McGuire Theater

BEST ALL-AGES VENUE The Garage
Readers' Choice: First Avenue

BEST DANCE CLUB Level Nightclub
Readers' Choice: First Avenue

BEST BLUES BAR Famous Dave's

BEST JAZZ CLUB Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

BEST SECRET JAZZ RESOURCE One Final Note

BEST KARAOKE Staraoke at Grumpy's
Readers' Choice: U Otter Stop Inn

BEST OPEN-MIC NIGHT The Poets' Groove Open Mic

BEST SALSA NIGHT El Nuevo Rodeo

BEST BAND NAME (THIRD PLACE) The Wannabe Has-Beens

BEST BAND NAME (SECOND PLACE) Total Fucking Blood

BEST BAND NAME Black Blondie

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