Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Sign of Spring

Return of the food trucks

The smell of Korean barbecue and spiced doughnuts wafting across the Capitol lawn in St. Paul or through the streets of downtown Minneapolis is to an adult what the first tinkling sounds of the ice cream man are to kids. No one is following weather patterns more closely than the entrepreneurs behind Chef Shack, Dandelion Kitchen, Barrio, and Gastrotruck, who need enough foot traffic to make it worth their while to fire up their griddles as well as their engines. Once the food trucks have committed, everyone else knows that soon restaurant owners will be power-washing their patios, the smell of newly melted snow will mix with the aroma of grass clippings, and the dizzying euphoria that is springtime in the Twin Cities will be upon us. Not only are the Blizzard People suddenly free to go outside and play, they're eating better too. It is truly glorious.

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

Best Street Lake Street

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