Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Place for a First Date

Como Zoo

First dates are often a cliched mix of getting drinks and trying to figure out if you've got something — anything — in common. It's time to break the mold and get wild — literally. Make your first date an adventure and explore everything the Como Zoo has to offer. Not only will you and your date get to gush over your favorite animals (super important information, folks), you'll also get to know each other without the built-in awkwardness of sitting across from each other at a restaurant. In the wintertime, escape the cold in the Tropical Encounters exhibit and check out those sloths — if your date isn't impressed by their awesomeness, it's a sure sign the relationship isn't going to work out. If you're there in the warmer months, take a step into the past and ride Cafesjian's Carousel, which turns 100 this year. Walk through the loop outside and get some ice cream before stepping into the dreamlike and incredibly romantic butterfly garden. If all goes well, a romantic stroll through the conservatory and into the Japanese Garden might just be the best spot for your first smooch.

Best Park (2014) Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Best Sign of Spring (2017) Kids Flocking to Como Park Zoo

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 Columnist C.J.

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 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

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