Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Street

Lake Street

Lake Street has pretty much everything. From the hoity-toity to the down-and-out, a vast array of humanity congregates along this throughway. The street's western end is nestled between Lakes Calhoun and Isles, where rollerbladers and yuppie types rule. To the east, Lake ends at the Mississippi River; the street changes names as it continues into St. Paul. Bicyclists and young families make up the bulk of the crowd there. And in between is everybody else. Lake Street has gone through many transformations over the years (there was once an amusement park there), but it has always attracted recent immigrants. That has led to a great diversity of businesses, from the still-going-strong Ingebretsen's to many Mexican restaurants to more recent halal grocery stores. These days the street even offers a place to experience all those cultures under one roof, the Midtown Global Market. All those comings and goings leave the middle section of the street looking perpetually in need of love, but abandoned spaces are eventually filled with whatever the next influx of residents is looking for. This road that runs east and west all the way through Minneapolis features too many landmarks to list, but the city's oldest cemetery, Pioneers and Soldiers, is a must-see. Not for nothing has Lake Street been immortalized in song by locals, including Lifter Puller and Atmosphere, and in photos with Wing Young Huie's awesome Lake Street USA project a few years back.

Best Break-Up Spot Nickelodeon Universe

Best Building Cathedral of St. Paul

Best Bus Route Route 94

Best Charity The Bridge for Youth

Best Corner Grand Avenue and West 46th Street

Best Festival MNfashion's Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week

Best Hipster Neighborhood Seward

Best Lake Cedar Lake

Best Local Blog Ripple in Stillwater

Best Local Boy Made Good Jim Burke

Best Local Girl Made Good Semonti Stephens

Best Local Website MPLS Bike Love

Best Local YouTube Video Street Stories

Best Make-Out Spot Prohibition, W Minneapolis—The Foshay

Best Meme The Duck-Dog Debacle

Best Myth Stillwater Bigfoot

Best Neighborhood Armatage

Best Place for a First Date Target Free Thursday Nights at Walker Art Center

Best Place to Do Something for Free Art Shanty Projects

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) Camp Bar

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Fulton Brewing Taproom

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) Hipshaker at the Kitty Cat Klub

Best Place to Meet Women (Lesbian) Grown & Sexy at Hell's Kitchen

Best Place to People-Watch Saintly City Cat Club events

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests St. Anthony Falls

Best Politician John Kriesel

Best Scandal Koch-Brodkorbgate

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best Sign of Spring Return of the food trucks

Best State Fair Food Sweet corn ice cream at Blue Moon Dine-in theater

Best Strip Club The Seville

Best Tourist Attraction Minnesota State Fair

Best Tweeter Chris Kluwe, a.k.a. @chriswarcraft

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood St. Paul's North End

Best View Minneapolis skyline from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Villain Michael Brodkorb