Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Tourist Attraction

Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is often maligned by those who live near it, but for folks not from the Twin Cities, and especially those not from the state, the fair is quite a sight. After a series of territorial fairs, the first Minnesota State Fair was held in 1859 near what would become downtown Minneapolis, and it has now grown to become the second-largest state fair in the country. Its 320 acres include a number of historically significant structures, more than 450 foods from 300 concessionaires, over 100 free entertainment acts and an impressive nightly Grandstand lineup, over 30 carnival rides for adults and another 30 for the kids, some 5,000 exhibits of handicrafts, baking, and canning in the Creative Activities building, and the largest juried art show in the state. And that's just the stuff; consider the people, the nearly 1.8 million visitors who stop at the fair each year. It's a place where bees make honey, butter is turned into art, and Future Farmers of America help bring baby calves into the world. Compared to a green giant wearing leaves or our monument to consumerism down in Bloomington, isn't the State Fair a tourist attraction to be proud of?

Best State Fair Food (2015) O'Gara's Pretzel Curds

Best State Fair Food (2013) Classic Walleye Roll at Giggles Campfire Grill

Best State Fair Food (2012) Sweet corn ice cream at Blue Moon Dine-in theater

Best State Fair Food (2011) Cheese curds

Best State Fair Food (2009) Corn on the cob

BEST STATE FAIR FOOD (2010) Pig Lickers

BEST NON-FOOD THING ABOUT THE STATE FAIR (2010) Feeling better about your lot in life

BEST STATE FAIR FOOD (2008) Walleye on a stick

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 Street Lake Street

Best Strip Club The Seville

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