Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Politician

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar had quite a year. Elle magazine's Lisa DePaulo tagged her as possible presidential material. CBS's Face the Nation floated her name as a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. And she brought much-needed levity to the hearings for Stevens's actual replacement, Elena Kagan—she might even be funnier than Al Franken. Among all that, Klobuchar notched a year of soul-crushing work in the Senate to pass the kind of legislation only die-hard political geeks, senatorial press offices, and tiny groups of concerned citizens write home about: rules to prevent deceptive online sales tactics, a framework to collect and destroy unwanted prescription meds, and national standards for formaldehyde levels in new automobiles. And she got the big stuff right, too, pushing for federal disaster relief for tornado-ravaged Wadena, voting to reform Wall Street and health care, and holding BP's feet to the fire over its appalling Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Best Bathroom Graffiti Women's lower-level bathroom, Turf Club

Best Billboard MIA's graffiti-bombed Titian

Best Bridge Franklin Avenue Bridge

Best Bus Route The 3A

Best Celebrity Letdown Prince almost joins Gayngs at First Avenue

Best Celebrity Sighting Lady Gaga at the Turf Club

Best Cemetery Oakland Cemetery

Best Charity Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Best Corner University Avenue and 13th Avenue Northeast

Best Festival Ten Second Film Fest

Best Fight The dog park controversy at MLK Park

Best Free Activity Free Ink Day at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Best Graffiti Oh, the Manatee!

Best Hipster Hangout Turf Club

Best Lake Lake Harriet

Best Local Blog The Adventures of Johnny Northside

Best Local Boy Made Good Vincent Kartheiser

Best Local Girl Made Good Aditi Kapil

Best Local Website MNBeer

Best Mayor R.T. Rybak

Best Neighborhood Lyn-Lake

Best New Hipster Hangout Hell's Kitchen

Best Old Building The Pioneer Building

Best Park Mears Park

Best Place for a First Date Lawn bowling at Brit's Pub

Best Place to Break Up McDonald's parking lot

Best Place to Get Lost Crosby Farm Park

Best Place to Make Out Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Best Place to People-Watch The Brass Rail

Best Place to Take Out-Of-Town Guests Nye's Polonaise Room

Best Place to Waste an Afternoon Minnehaha Park

Best Scandal The Trevor Cook Affair

Best Sightseeing Indian Mounds Park

Best Sign of Spring Sunken pickup trucks

Best State Fair Food Cheese curds

Best Street Nicollet Avenue South

Best Suburb Eden Prairie

Best Tweeter @NickColeman

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Victory Neighborhood, Minneapolis

Best View Prohibition at the Foshay

Best Villain Steve Drazkowski