Best of

the Twin Cities

Readers' Choice Contest 2017

Each year, City Pages puts together our Best of the Twin Cities issue and gets a chance to dive deep into all the rad, righteous things we love about this town. Our staffers and freelancers compile a list of all the best people, places, and things; then we ask you to vote in our Readers’ Choice polls to name the popular picks in 100 of those same categories. Below, find your picks for some of the best, brightest, and coolest of the Twin Cities.

Arts & Culture

Best Art Gallery: Gallery 360

Best Art Supplies: Blick Art Materials

Best Bookstore (New): Magers & Quinn

Best Bookstore (Used): Half Price Books

Best Comedy Club: Acme Comedy Co.

Best Comedy Open Mic: Acme Comedy Co.

Best Fashion Show: Ready or Hot: Fashion Meets Passion for Planned Parenthood

Best Fashion Designer: Kindred Folk

Best Standup Comic: Jenn Schaal

Best Movie Theater: Showplace ICON Theatre at West End

Best Museum: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Best Theater: Guthrie Theater


Best Album: Coconut Oil by Lizzo

Best Club DJ: DJ Shannon Blowtorch

Best Concert: The Official Prince Tribute Concert at Xcel Energy Center

Best Concert (Touring): Adele at Xcel Energy Center

Best Concert Venue: First Avenue/7th St. Entry

Best Hip-Hop Artist: Lizzo

Best Jukebox: Grumpy’s NE

Best Karaoke: Vegas Lounge

Best Local Record Label: Doomtree

Best Music Festival: Basilica Block Party

Best New Band: Hippo Campus

Best R&B Artist: Lizzo

Best Record Store Day Location: Electric Fetus

Best Vocalist: Dessa

Talk of the Town

Best Coach: Cheryl Reeve

Best Instagram: @eatdrinkdishmpls

Best Lynx Player: Lindsay Whalen

Best Radio Personality: Mary Lucia (89.3 the Current)

Best Radio Station: 89.3 the Current

Best Sports Team: Minnesota Wild

Best Timberwolves Player: Karl-Anthony Towns

Best TV Newsperson: Jana Shortal

Best Sports Broadcaster: Mark Rosen

Best TV Station: KARE 11

Best Twins Player: Brian Dozier

Best Vikings Player: Harrison Smith

Best Wild Player: Zach Parise

City Life

Best Beach: Hidden Beach

Best Boutique: Patina

Best Bowling Alley: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Best Casino: Mystic Lake

Best Dance Club: First Avenue

Best Festival: Minnesota State Fair

Best Gaming Shop: GameStop

Best Gym: The Firm

Best Hotel: The Saint Paul Hotel

Best Lingerie Store: Smitten Kitten

Best Place to Buy Vinyl: Electric Fetus

Best Place to Do Yoga: CorePower Yoga

Best Place to Ice Skate: The Depot

Best Place to People-Watch: Minnesota State Fair

Best Place to Shoot Pool: Grumpy’s Downtown

Best Public Park: Minnehaha Park and Falls

Best Salon/Spa: Juut SalonSpa

Best Tattoo Parlor: Saint Sabrina’s

Best Thrift Store: Arc’s Value Village

Best Vintage Shop: Junket: Tossed and Found

Food & Drink

Best BBQ: Revival

Best Bloody Mary: Hell’s Kitchen

Best Breakfast: Keys Cafe & Bakery

Best Brunch: Blackbird Cafe

Best Burger: Matt’s Bar

Best Chinese: Rainbow Chinese

Best Cocktail Bar: Tattersall Distilling

Best Coffee Shop: Spyhouse Coffee

Best Diner: Mickey’s Diner

Best Distillery: Tattersall Distilling

Best Dive Bar: Grumpy’s NE

Best Doughnuts: Glam Doll Donuts

Best Food Truck: World Street Kitchen

Best Fried Chicken: Revival

Best Fries: The Anchor Fish & Chips

Best Happy Hour: Hola Arepa

Best Ice Cream: Izzy’s Ice Cream

Best Italian: Bar La Grassa

Best Korean: The Rabbit Hole

Best Liquor Store: Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop

Best Local Beer: Surly Furious

Best Lunch: French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

Best Margarita: Betty Danger’s Country Club

Best Mexican: Boca Chica Restaurante Mexicana

Best New Restaurant: Hi-Lo Diner

Best Pancakes: The Original Pancake House

Best Pizza: Pizza Luce

Best Ramen: Ramen Kazama

Best Restaurant for Romance: W.A. Frost

Best Restaurant (Minneapolis): Spoon and Stable

Best Restaurant (St. Paul): Meritage

Best Service: Bachelor Farmer

Best Sports Bar: Bunny’s Bar & Grill

Best State Fair Food: Sweet Martha’s Cookies

Best Steak: Manny’s Steakhouse

Best Suburban Eats: Travail Kitchen & Amusements

Best Sushi: Fuji Ya

Best Tacos: Taco Cat

Best Taproom: Surly Brewing Co.

Best Vietnamese: Quang Restaurant

Best Wings: D-Spot