Best of

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Best Undiscovered Neighborhood


Its residents might complain about the airport noise, but there are lots of reasons to set down roots in the Keewaydin neighborhood anyway, not the least of which is this: How cool would it be to say you lived in a place called Keewaydin? The name is derived from the Ojibwe word for "northwest wind," and the area originally was central to local American Indian culture. Situated on the banks of Lake Nokomis and bordered by Minnehaha Parkway to the north, 34th Avenue to the east, 54th Street to the south, and Cedar to the west, this walkable old streetcar community is a sleepy little 'hood with few chains save for the odd bank, gas station, or storefront Pizza Hut. It seems to offer a glimpse of the Minneapolis your grandparents knew, with the perfect mix of cozy little houses, mom-and-pop businesses, and corner commercial mini-districts. Highlights include the deliciously kitschy Mel-O-Glaze Bakery, Al Vento with its winning brunch (and bottomless mimosas), Nokomis Beach Coffee, the friendly neighborhood McDonald's (liquor store, no golden arches), the perfectly sized Oxendale Market, and plans to turn the old Skylane bowling alley into a third location in the Town Hall/Town Hall Tap franchise. Heading south toward the neighborhood's southernmost edge, don't miss Book Trader, an odd little used bookstore-cum-curiosity-shop that boasts not just books but the weirdest taxidermy you'll find around these parts.

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 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

Best Viral Video "Hot Cheetos and Takis"