Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Columnist


"You will identify me as C period J period. You won't be tryin' to put my name in there and messin' with my brand?" So began a phone interview last year between the Star Tribune gossip columnist and one of our reporters. No formality. Not even so much as "hello." In print, she's equally pushy, playful, and critical. Absolutely anyone is at risk, though primarily she focuses her attention on the broadcast industry, which she's dubbed "the mediaocrity" of the airwaves. And yet somehow she's managed to cultivate moles in all the major studios. For instance, a piece last spring about the rise of a female radio host made reference to at least three anonymous sources inside the company. It only goes to show that if you're unafraid to speak your mind, people will respect (and possibly fear) you. Her observations of public life and pop culture are consistently funny, insightful, and surprising. How else would we have known that Fred Evans of the Vikings stiffed a cabbie on the way home from a strip club because he couldn't wait to get his gal pal alone? "C period J period" keeps the egos of powerful people in check, and for that we salute her.

Best Adopted Minnesotan Astronautalis

Best Alternative Fries Curried mushroom fries at the Moral Omnivore

Best App The Minnesota State Fair App

Best Barbecue Q-Fanatic BBQ and Grill

Best Blog <a href=""></a>

Best Bus Route Route 4

Best Classic Burger Casper & Runyon's Nook

Best Commercial Jeff Wagner for Mayor

Best Corner 34th and Lyndale

Best Cyclist Under Pressure Amber Dallman

Best Facebook Page Old Minneapolis

Best Festival The MSP International Film Festival

Best Gay Bar eagleBOLTbar

Best Ghost Twitter Account @MPLSweather

Best Instagram Account Tom Horgen

Best Lake Lake Harriet

Best Lesbian Bar Night GRRRL SCOUT at the Nomad World Pub

Best Local Boy Made Good Josh Hartnett

Best Local Girl Made Good Nicole Curtis

Best Local Landmark The Grain Belt sign

Best Mayor Betsy Hodges

Best Mural Central Identity Project

Best Neighborhood North Loop

Best New Law Marriage Equality

Best Nonprofit Second Harvest Heartland

Best Place for a First Date Como Zoo

Best Place to Break Up Uptown Art Fair

Best Place to Do Something for Free Mixed Blood Theater's Radical Hospitality Program

Best Place to Make Out Kitty Cat Klub lounge

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) Flip Phone at Honey

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Adult Kickball Leagues

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Gay) Fab-U-Lush Fridays at Lush

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) The Loop

Best Place to People-Watch In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre's April workshops

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests The Midtown Greenway

Best Place to Warm Up Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Best Politician Jesse Ventura

Best Radio Personality Paul Allen

Best Renovation St. Paul Union Depot

Best Scandal Rogers Confessions

Best Sign of Spring Restaurant patios return

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Dan Cole

Best Street Lake Street

Best TV Newscaster Jason DeRusha

Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen

Best TV Station WCCO

Best TV Weatherperson Sven Sundgaard

Best Tweeter Chris Steller

Best View Confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers

Best View from Out of Town The New York Times dating scene article

Best Villain Pedal Pub

Best Viral Video "Magic Beard"

Best Wardrobe Sarah Edwards

Best Website Gentleman's Gazette

Best Weekend Getaway The Apostle Islands

Best Wings Runyon's