These days you can’t swing a cat meme without hitting three comments or social media posts that declare something or someone the stupidest, the most offensive, the lamest. The worst.
It’s better, and a lot more fun, to turn toward the positive and spend our time debating who or what in our world is deserving of our love. The smartest, the most innovative, the most talented. The best.
In this spirit, we humbly submit the Best of the Twin Cities in the realms of art, music, sports, culture, food, and drink.
On our side, City Pages staffers and freelancers scoured their memories and the metro to compile the best people, places, and things that we think are deserving of your attention and patronage during these next 12 months.
On yours, we asked for submissions and votes on readers’ polls to name the popular picks in those same categories. You answered, and we’re happy to list the popular vote choices alongside our own.
Some of this year’s winners are standout rookies that burst onto the local scene and instantly captivated us. Others reintroduce veterans, standbys who’ve found new ways of doing things or whose old methods simply refuse to go out of style. All are a testament to why life in the Twin Cities is the best.