Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Local Boy Made Good

Vincent Kartheiser

Vincent Kartheiser might not be a household name yet, but his character on Mad Men, uppity account manager Pete Campbell, is helping the cause. Kartheiser, a Minneapolis native, pursued his acting career in Los Angeles—anyone remember The Indian in the Cupboard? What sets Kartheiser apart from the rest? First, he managed to make power-hungry Pete Campbell likeable—a feat for a character who is a blackmailing, conniving, philandering playboy. Second, Kartheiser's commitment to the environment speaks volumes about personality and values outside the Hollywood bubble. Famed for giving away most of his possessions and living ascetically in an apartment akin to a wooden box, he also uses public transit as his main mode of transportation. Third, though he moved from the Land of 10,000 Lakes to the City of Angels, Kartheiser hasn't forgotten his roots, often hanging out in Minneapolis during his breaks from shooting. If Kartheiser doesn't sound like the perfect Minnesota-nice kind of talent, we don't know who does.

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 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 Politician Amy Klobuchar

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