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BEST BEER SELECTION IN A BAR

The Muddy Pig

According to Chinese astrology, it's considered good fortune to bear children during the year of the pig—which it happens to be. We're not advising you to go mate-shopping at our own pig—that is, the Muddy Pig—but it's a known truth that prospective partners look better after a few pints. This Selby-Dale watering hole featured a redoubtable menu of hoppy beverages even before its tap capacity climbed earlier this month. The selections are scrawled on a big black chalkboard, evidence that the Pig's beer menu is an ever-evolving smorgasbord. "We change, on average, two to three tap beers a week," notes owner Paul Schatz. "It's fun for us. We, after all, like beer, and it means there is always something new." In addition, there are 50-plus types of bottled beer to choose from. Local breweries are well represented with selections from Summit, Surly, and the upstart Flat Earth always available on tap for $5. You can also count on finding several beers with sufficiently high hops content to make your socks roll up and down, like Rush River Bubblejack IPA ($5). But the emphasis here is on Belgian beers. You can get the old standbys, like Stella Artois and Hoegaarden. Or opt for something more exotic. There's Rochefort 10, a Trappist ale that has a whopping 11.3 percent alcohol content (and goes for a whopping $10.50), or De Ranke XX Bitter, billed as the "hoppiest beer of Belgium." Of course there is also Miller Lite. As the Pig's menu notes: "If you must drink light beer it might as well be Miller."

Best Neighborhood Bar (St. Paul) (2011) The Muddy Pig

Best Beer List (2011) The Muddy Pig

Best Neighborhood Bar (St. Paul) (2009) The Muddy Pig

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR—ST. PAUL (2006) The Muddy Pig

BEST BEER SELECTION IN A BAR (2010) Muddy Pig

Best Neighborhood Bar (St. Paul) (2017) The Muddy Pig

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BEST BAKERY Franklin Street Bakery

BEST BARBECUE Rooster's BBQ

BEST BARISTA Juliana at St. Paul Steep 'n' Brew Coffee Shop

BEST BARTENDER John Senkler

BEST BLOODY MARY J.D. Hoyt's

BEST BREAD Rustica Bakery

BEST BREAKFAST Serlin's Cafe

BEST BURGER Napa Valley Grille

BEST BURRITO El Burrito Mercado

BEST CHAI Namaste Café

BEST CHEAP EATS Bombay 2 Deli

BEST CHEESE SELECTION Premier Cheese Market

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT Little Szechuan Chinese Cuisine

BEST CHOCOLATE Legacy Chocolates

BEST COCKTAILS Babalu

BEST COFFEE BY THE POUND Coffee and Tea Ltd.

BEST COFFEEHOUSE Mapps Coffee and Tea

BEST DELICATESSEN The Brothers

BEST DESSERTS La Belle Vie

BEST DIM SUM JunBo Chinese Restaurant

BEST DINER Town Talk Diner

BEST DOUGHNUTS Mel-O-Glaze Bakery

BEST FARMERS' MARKET St. Paul Farmers' Market

BEST FISH MARKET Coastal Seafoods

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT Fugaise

BEST FRESH PRODUCE Community Supported Agriculture

BEST FRIES Café Barbette

BEST GOURMET BURGER Vincent—A Restaurant

BEST GOURMET GROCERY Kowalski's

BEST GOURMET PIZZA Pizza Nea

BEST GREEK RESTAURANT Christos

BEST HAPPY HOUR Chino Latino

BEST HOT DOGS Uncle Franky's

BEST ICE CREAM PARLOR Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT Bombay Bistro

BEST IRISH PUB O'Gara's

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT (BARGAIN) Broders' Southside Pasta Bar

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT (UPSCALE) Osteria I Nonni

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT Midori's Floating World Cafe

BEST KOREAN RESTAURANT King's Fine Korean Cuisine

BEST LIQUOR STORE Surdyk's

BEST LOCAL CHEF Lenny Russo

BEST MARGARITA Pancho Villa Restaurant

BEST MARTINI Moscow on the Hill

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT Salsa a la Salsa

Best Middle Eastern Bread Abu Nader Grocery and Deli

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN GROCERY Holy Land Bakery and Grocery

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT Shish

BEST NATURAL FOODS GROCERY Lakewinds Natural Foods

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BEST NEIGHBORHOOD CAFE—MINNEAPOLIS Corner Table

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD CAFE—ST. PAUL Muffuletta

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BEST PIZZA Galactic Pizza

BEST PLACE TO EAT OUT WITH YOUR KIDS Big Bowl

BEST POWER LUNCH Vincent—A Restaurant

BEST QUEER COFFEE SHOP Wilde Roast Café

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BEST RESTAURANT FOR OUTDOOR DINING Swede Hollow Cafe

BEST RESTAURANT FOR ROMANCE Bayport Cookery

BEST RESTAURANT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Nelson Cheese Factory

BEST RESTAURANT TREND Democratizing Fine Dining

BEST RESTAURANT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS PAYING The Oceanaire

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BEST RESTAURANT—ST PAUL Heartland

BEST SALAD Spoonriver

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Sea Salt Eatery

BEST SERVICE AT A RESTAURANT La Belle Vie

BEST SOUL FOOD West Indies Soul Food

BEST STAR-CHEF EXPERIENCE IN A RESTAURANT The Modern's Phillip Becht

BEST STATE FAIR FOOD Mac 'n' Cheese on a Stick

BEST STEAK HOUSE Manny's

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH Victor's 1959 Café

BEST SUSHI Origami West

BEST TAKE-HOME BREW Surly Brewing Co.Furious and Bender Beers

BEST TAKEOUT Lucia's To Go

BEST THAI RESTAURANT True Thai

BEST VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Spoonriver

BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Mai Village

BEST WINE BAR Toast Wine Bar & Cafe

BEST WINE LIST Cesare's Wine Bar