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LET'S FACE IT: Sinning just isn't what it used to be. Take the infamous Seven Deadly Sins, for example: Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Pride, Anger, Sloth, and Envy. These days, they don't seem quite as deadly. Pride is now called "self-esteem." Gluttony is just a typical American diet. And Greed is rewarded with a government bailout. So this year, City Pages decided to take sin a step further and make virtue out of vice.

In our 2009 Best of the Twin Cities issue, we celebrate everything that's sinfully good about the Twin Cities. Here you'll find the Thai restaurant worth lusting after, the athletes and artists we envy, the CD store we're greedy for. Sure, things get a bit naughty (Best Store for Sex Toys, Best Place to Break Up, Best Caramel Roll), but everyone deserves a few guilty pleasures. Judging by our Readers' Poll, plenty of Twin Citians agree. Thousands of you were all too happy to tell us your choice for Best Strip Club, Best Happy Hour, Best Pizza, and dozens of other temptations. You'll find the results on page 14 and throughout the issue.

Still, we realize that not everyone is into sin, so we have something for you, too. For every one of the Seven Deadly Sins, there's also a Heavenly Virtue. Under each fatal transgression, our fallen angel from the cover will introduce you to its corresponding virtue, along with a bit of advice on how to assuage your guilt. For the rest of us, we have a garden of earthly delights to explore. In fact, why stop at just seven Deadly Sins—on the following pages you'll find nearly 300 things about the Twin Cities that are "to die for." The hell with Minnesota Nice. It's time for a little Minnesota Vice.

Best Actor Kris L. Nelson

Best Actress Christiana Clark

Best AM Radio Personality Al Malmberg

Best Art Gallery Art of This Gallery

Best Book By a Local Author Bart Schneider's The Man in the Blizzard

Best Book Publisher Graywolf Press

Best Choreographer Karen Sherman

Best Columnist Nick Coleman

Best Comedy The Lion, the Witch, and the War Hero: Or Is McCain Able?

Best Dance Performance in the Past 12 Months Mad King Thomas

Best Bagels Common Roots Cafe

Best Bakery Salty Tart

Best Barbecue Pastor Hamilton's Bar-B-Que

Best Barista Mariah Patzner

Best Breakfast Hell's Kitchen

Best Bubble Tea Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine

Best Bubble Tea (Alcoholic) Jasmine 26

Best Burger The Blue Door Pub

Best Burrito El Burrito Mercado

Best Candy Store Fiesta in America

Best Adult Store Sex World

Best Album of the Past 12 Months Maverick, Gay Witch Abortion

Best All-Ages Venue Eclipse Records

Best Band Name The Not Goods

Best Band to Break Up in the Past 12 Months The Alarmists

Best Bartender Johnny Michaels at La Belle Vie

Best Beach Hidden Beach

Best Bicycle Race Stupor Bowl

Best Bike Shop Behind Bars

Best Bike Trail Grand Rounds, from Lake Calhoun to Minnehaha Park

Best Baby Goods Store Twin Cities Green

Best Bookstore (New) Micawber's

Best Bookstore (Used) Booksmart

Best Boutique Robot Love

Best CD Store (New) Electric Fetus

Best CD Store (Used) Cheapo

Best Children's Bookstore Wild Rumpus

Best Clothing Store (Kids) Savers

Best Clothing Store (Men) VS Social Standard

Best Clothing Store (Women) Opitz Outlet