Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Viral Video

"Hot Cheetos and Takis"

Who would have predicted that the summer jam of 2012 would come out of an after-school program in north Minneapolis? Though the video may have come out of left field, it was impossible not to be instantly won over by the charms of "Hot Cheetos & Takis," the smash viral vid from the artists formerly known as the Y.N. Rich Kids. It was dripping with cuteness, for sure — the multiple costume changes, the manic dance moves, the bicycle montages and playground shenanigans, and the get-down, bad-girl turn by MC Jasiona. (Not to mention the whole premise of elementary school kids rapping about their favorite snacks.) But the real reason "Hot Cheetos & Takis" blew up the YouTubes and the Twitters was because these Kids were straight-up legit: The beat was catchy, the hook got stuck in your brain on first listen, and did you see that Ol' Dirty Bastard dead-ringer from Ben 10? So to hell with all those cat videos; you can catch us and our crew getting down to them "Hot Cheetos & Takis."

Best Neighborhood Longfellow

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests The Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater

Best Tourist Attraction Walnut Grove

Best Historical Site Split Rock Lighthouse

Best Cemetery Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Best State Fair Food Classic Walleye Roll at Giggles Campfire Grill

Best Festival Northern Spark

Best Trans-Friendly Event Cirque Du So Gay Bike Ride

Best Place to Do Something for Free Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Planetarium ExploraDome (Bell Museum)

Best Charity GiveMN

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Keewaydin

Best Sign of Spring Nice Ride returns

Best Make-Out Spot Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best First-Date Spot A midnight movie at the Uptown Theatre

Best Breakup Spot The corner of Franklin and Hennepin avenues

Best Place to Run into Your Ex The Depot Tavern

Best Place to See a Fistfight Cowboy Jack's

Best Website Minnesota Historical Society

Best Blog Bluestem Prairie

Best Facebook Page Old Minneapolis

Best Hipster Neighborhood North Loop

Best Tweeter David Brauer

Best Politician Branden Petersen

Best Mayor Minneapolis's mayoral wannabees

Best Unlikely Activist Chris Kluwe

Best Local Girl Made Good Cheryl Strayed

Best Local Boy Made Good Denis McDonough

Best Scandal DRE Drug Scandal

Best Boondoggle St. Paul Crime Lab

Best Villain Archbishop John Nienstedt

Best Corner 43rd Street and Nicollet Avenue

Best Street Nicollet Avenue

Best Lake Powderhorn Lake

Best View Indian Mounds Park

Best People-Watching The Chain of Lakes

Best Bus Route Route 16