Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Meme

The Duck-Dog Debacle

The whole "drunk anchor" meme from Mankato probably traveled further and got more clicks, but then it ended up being sort of depressing. By contrast, the "duck-dog" situation was always primo cocktail party material, and still is today. To recap: An ambitious WCCO report tries to nail a Chinatown meat market in New York City for selling dog meat that originated in Minnesota. The anchor asks a heavily accented worker by phone if he sells dog to eat, the worker hears "duck," and the rest is comedy gold. The station ran with the story and wasn't outed until inspectors raided the meat market looking for Fido. "How could we sell dog meat?" a worker asked with the incredulity missing from that report. What made it even funnier was the fact that WCCO simply scrubbed the story from its site as opposed to owning up to its mistake. It took some shrewd online wizardry to make the story reappear and pressure from the Asian American Journalists Association to get the station to acknowledge the report. In the meantime, the lampooners at NMA TV were hard at work turning the reporter's mistake in the the duck-dog heard round the world. Classic.

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 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 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