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Best Food Neighborhood

Lowertown

Home of the best new restaurant in St. Paul (Saint Dinette), the best farmers market (St. Paul Farmers' Market), the best pizza (Big River Pizza), and the best new bar (Dark Horse), Lowertown is forcing St. Paul detractors to take a second look. This former warehouse district along the Mississippi River has always had a cool industrial edge to it. But Lowertown's dining clout has gotten a tremendous boost of late. Within the last year, celebrated chef Lenny Russo opened Heartland Wine Bar to vend posh sandwiches and glasses of rosé for a refined meal before a St. Paul Saints game. The owners of the perennially popular Muddy Waters in Uptown Minneapolis opened their Dark Horse Bar and Eatery to serve one of the most eclectic menus in town. The guys behind Strip Club Meat and Fish opened Saint Dinette, purveyor of killer cocktails and bologna sandwiches. And Handsome Hog, a contemporary Southern restaurant, is now smoking, saucing, and dishing up authentic barbecue. Within a few blocks you can get some of the best sandwiches, burgers, pizza, produce, pork, bar food, and cocktails in the Twin Cities. Still think St. Paul is just the sleepy seat of government? Visit Lowertown and be pleasantly surprised by how wrong you are.

Best Bagels St. Paul Bagelry

Best Bakery Patisserie 46

Best Bar Food Spoon and Stable

Best Bartender Missy at Skarda's Bar

Best Beer Selection in a Bar Republic

Best Beer Trend Crowlers

Best Bloody Mary Psycho Suzi's

Best Breakfast Fat Nat's Eggs

Best Brewery Steel Toe Brewing

Best Brunch Burch Steak and Pizza

Best Burger (Cheffed-Up) The Burger 2.0 at Il Foro

Best Burger (Classic) Lyon's Pub

Best Charcuterie The Draft Horse

Best Cheap Eats Evergreen Chinese Restaurant

Best Chef Thomas Boemer

Best Chili The Lowry Cafe

Best Chinese Rainbow Chinese

Best Chocolate K'ul Bean to Bar Chocolate

Best Cocktails Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse

Best Coffee Shop Bob's Java Hut

Best Craft Distillery Tattersall Distilling

Best Crawl Taco Tour on Lake Street

Best Cure for a Hangover Harvey Wallbanger at Ward 6

Best Delicatessen Lowry Hill Meats

Best Dessert Passionfruit Hibiscus Ice Cream, Milkjam

Best Diner Nighthawks

Best Dive Bar Mortimer's

Best Doughnuts A Baker's Wife

Best Drunk Food Taco Cat

Best Ethiopian Shega Foods

Best Fine Dining Birdie

Best Food Truck Chef Shack

Best Fried Chicken Revival

Best Fries Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse

Best Fries (Alternative) SW Craft Bar

Best Gay Bar Lush

Best Gluten-Free Menu French Meadow

Best Greek Gardens of Salonica

Best Happy Hour Fuji Ya

Best Hot Dog Yakisoba Dog, Kyatchi

Best Ice Cream Milkjam Creamery

Best Indian Gandhi Mahal

Best International Grocery United Noodles

Best Italian Italian Eatery (i.e.)

Best Kept Secret Afro Deli

Best Kickstarter Bones Pizza

Best Korean The Rabbit Hole

Best Late Night Nightingale

Best Liquor Store South Lyndale Liquors

Best Lunch The Himalayan

Best Local Beer Dangerous Man Peanut Butter Porter

Best-Looking Bar Mancini's Char House

Best-Looking Restaurant Eastside

Best Margarita Pancho Villa

Best Martini Scena Tavern

Best Mexican Andale Taqueria

Best Natural Foods Grocery Wedge Community Co-op

Best Neighborhood Bar, Minneapolis Schooner Tavern

Best Neighborhood Bar, St. Paul Shamrocks

Best Neighborhood Cafe (Minneapolis) Birchwood Cafe

Best Neighborhood Cafe (St. Paul) Trotter's Cafe

Best New Bar Dark Horse Bar and Eatery

Best New Food Trend Ramen

Best New Law The Bloody Mary Bill

Best New Restaurant St. Genevieve

Best Outdoor Dining Como Dockside

Best Pancakes Nighthawks

Best Peanut Butter Wedge Community Co-Op

Best Pizza Big River Pizza

Best Place to Buy Local Foods Golden Fig Fine Foods

Best Pop-Up Restaurant Cook St. Paul

Best Pub, Minneapolis Merlins Rest Pub

Best Pub, St. Paul The Dubliner Pub

Best Ramen Ramen Kazama

Best Restaurant - St. Paul Saint Dinette

Best Restaurant for a First Date Burch Steak and Pizza

Best Restaurant for Romance Grand Cafe

Best Restaurant Minneapolis Restaurant Alma

Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Towners Half Time Rec

Best Restaurant to Take Your Kids Surly Brewing Co.

Best Restaurant Worth the Drive L'Etoile du Nord

Best Sandwich Lowry Hill Meats

Best Scandal Maple Tavern's Spotted Cow smugglers

Best Seafood 4 Bells

Best Service Gorkha Palace

Best Skyway Eats Ho Fan

Best Soul Food Breaking Bread Cafe

Best Sports Bar Mac's Industrial

Best State Fair Food Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar

Best Steak Sushi Fix

Best Suburban Eats Travail Kitchen & Amusements

Best Suburban Taproom HammerHeart Brewing Company

Best Sushi Sushi Fix

Best Tacos Taco Libre

Best Taproom Surly Brewing Co.

Best Urban Farm Urban Organics

Best Vegetarian Triple Rock Social Club

Best Vegetarian Hot Dog Nighthawks

Best Vietnamese Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

Best View 4 Bells

Best Wings Monte Carlo