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Best Local Beer

Surly Abrasive Ale

Compared to some of the easy-drinking local stalwarts—your Grain Belts, Summits, even the less-esoteric Surly variants like Furious and Bender—Abrasive might seem like a bit "too much." A four-pack of cans costs more than a 12-bottle pack of Summit, its ABV is a brain-jostling 8.8 percent, and it's got more hops than a grounder up the middle at Target Field. Plus, it's a seasonal, which makes it that much less accessible. But as double IPAs go, it's more than worth the investment. The heady buzz is backed up by a rich, imposing, yet deliciously tangy flavor that skirts the sharper corners of the citrus family and leaves sense-tweaking undercurrents of pine and malt in the finish. Yes, we're willing to state that a beer that has hints of grapefruit juice is the best the Twin Cities have to offer, but it's not just us. Ale enthusiasts from across the continent have turned it into a buzzed-about commodity, and out of thousands of submissions it now stands in the top 40 of the crowd-sourced, connoisseur-driven authorities at Just don't say you weren't warned. As the name on the label suggests, this is a no-compromise brew for people who know there's more to beer than just vortex bottles and coldness indicators.

Best Taproom (2015) Surly Beer Hall

Best Drunk Food (2015) Surly's Hog Frites

Best Local Beer (2012) Surly Brewing Co.

BEST TAKE-HOME BREW (2007) Surly Brewing Co.Furious and Bender Beers

Best Pizza (2019) Surly Pizza Upstairs

Best Bagels Common Roots Café

Best Bakery Patisserie 46

Best Barbecue Big Daddy's

Best Bartender Pip Hanson, Cafe Maude

Best Beer List The Muddy Pig

Best Bloody Mary Burger Jones

Best Breakfast Zumbro Cafe

Best Brewpub Town Hall Brewery

Best Brunch Nicollet Island Inn

Best Burger Victory 44

Best Caribbean Restaurant Caribe Caribbean Bistro

Best Central/South American Restaurant Chimborazo

Best Cheap Eats La Loma Tomales

Best Chef Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market

Best Chinese Restaurant Tea House

Best Cocktail Name Trust Me Baby, Amore Victoria

Best Cocktails Bradstreet Craftshouse

Best Coffee Peace Coffee

Best Contemporary Cocktail Slim Shim at the Inn

Best Delicatessen Be'Wiched Deli

Best Desserts Chef Shack

Best Dim Sum Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen

Best Dive Bar U Otter Stop Inn

Best Doughnuts A Baker's Wife

Best Ethiopian Restaurant T's Place

Best Food at Target Field Vincent Burger

Best Food Festival Taste of Chocolate

Best Food Neighborhood Kingfield

Best Food Truck World Street Kitchen

Best French Restaurant Meritage

Best Fries Anchor Fish & Chips

Best Gay Bar Jetset Bar

Best Greek Restaurant Christos Greek Restaurant

Best Happy Hour Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant

Best Hotel Bar Bradstreet Craftshouse

Best Ice Cream Flavor Nicollet Avenue Pot Hole at Sebastian Joe's

Best Ice Cream Parlor Izzy's Ice Cream

Best Indian Restaurant Amu's Madras Café

Best Irish Pub Kieran's

Best Italian Restaurant Il Gatto

Best Japanese Restaurant Tanpopo Noodle Shop

Best Korean Restaurant Sole Cafe

Best Late-Night Dining Haute Dish

Best Margarita Barrio's Enter the Dragon

Best Martinis Mancini's Char House & Lounge

Best Mexican Restaurant Salsa a la Salsa

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

Best Neighborhood Bar (Minneapolis) Tootie's on Lowry

Best Neighborhood Bar (St. Paul) The Muddy Pig

Best Neighborhood Eatery (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Blackbird

Best Neighborhood Eatery (Suburbs) Travail Kitchen and Amusements

Best New Restaurant Heidi's

Best Outdoor Dining Moto-i

Best Pancakes Al's Breakfast

Best Pie Stockholm Pie Company

Best Pizza Mesa Pizza

Best Place to Drink Before a Twins Game The Depot

Best Place to Eat Out With Your Kids Green Mill

Best Pub Crawl Santacon Crawl

Best Restaurant (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Piccolo

Best Restaurant (Suburbs) The Hanger Room

Best Restaurant Bathroom Loring Pasta Bar

Best Restaurant for Romance Barbette

Best Restaurant Trend The democratization of fine dining

Best Restaurant Worth the Drive Bayport BBQ

Best Sandwich Barbecue pork at Clancey's Meats & Fish

Best Scotch List The St. Paul Grill

Best Seafood Restaurant Sea Change

Best Service Travail Kitchen and Amusements

Best Soul Food Shorty and Wags

Best Steak House The Strip Club

Best Suburban Bar Washington Square Grill

Best Suburban Dive Bar Povlitzki's on 65

Best Sushi Origami (downtown)

Best Tacos Tinga del pollo at El Taco Riendo

Best Takeout Brasa

Best Tapas El Meson

Best Thai Restaurant Nong's Thai Cuisine

Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant Peoples Organic

Best Vietnamese Restaurant Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

Best Vodka Referent Horseradish Vodka at Moscow on the Hill

Best Wine Bar Spasso

Best Wine List Scusi

Best Wings International Marketplace