Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Street

Nicollet Avenue

Like Lake Street, the major thoroughfare it bisects in south Minneapolis, Nicollet runs a long course through the metro area, traveling far into the southern suburbs as well as north into downtown and the Mary Tyler Moore-loving mall. Along the way, it passes through many neighborhoods and undergoes several changes in personality. What is consistent is the quality of restaurants and other shops on its path. In Kingfield you have Roadrunner Records and Corner Table. The Eat Street blocks, north of the K-Mart detour, offer a cornucopia of food options, many of which have been honored in these pages over the years. Finally, there is the Nicollet Mall. Closed to traffic, it becomes an urban delight, with seasonal entertainment, easy access to nearby attractions, restaurants, bars, and a unique Twin Cities vibe.

Best Street (2011) Nicollet Avenue South

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 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"