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Readers' Choice Contest 2014 Minneapolis 2014 -

Each year, City Pages rounds up the best food, drink, entertainment, shopping, services, and amenities the Twin Cities has to offer. In turn, we ask you, our fair readers, to share your picks. In our Readers' Choice Poll, you told us what you love about these glamorous sister cities, from the art galleries and bakeries to the tattoo parlors and bowling alleys. We took your responses and compiled a list of your favorites. Read on to find the 2014 Best of the Twin Cities Readers' Choice winners.



ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT


BEST ART GALLERY
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave. S.
612-870-3000
www.artsmia.org

BEST COLUMNIST
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
blogs.mspmag.com/dara

BEST COMEDY CLUB
Acme Comedy Co.
708 N. First St.
612-338-6393
www.acmecomedycompany.com

BEST CONCERT VENUE
First Avenue
701 First Ave. N.
612-338-8388
www.first-avenue.com

BEST DANCE CLUB
First Avenue
701 First Ave. N.
612-338-8388
www.first-avenue.com

BEST FESTIVAL
Twin Cities Pride Festival
www.tcpride.org

BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST
Dessa
www.doomtree.net/dessa

BEST JUKEBOX
Grumpy's Bar & Grill
Three locations including:
1111 Washington Ave. S.
612-340-9738
www.grumpys-bar.com

BEST KARAOKE
Vegas Lounge
965 Central Ave. NE
612-378-1873
www.vegasloungemn.com

BEST LOCAL AUTHOR
Louise Erdrich
www.birchbarkbooks.com

BEST LOCAL BLOG
The Heavy Table
www.heavytable.com

BEST LOCAL STAND-UP COMIC
Maria Bamford
www.mariabamford.com

BEST MUSEUM
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
651-221-9444
www.smm.org

BEST NEW BAND
GRRRL PRTY
www.grrrlprty.com

BEST OPEN MIC
Acme Comedy Co.
708 N. First St.
612-338-6393
www.acmecomedycompany.com

BEST PLAY
Wicked
www.wickedthemusical.com

BEST RADIO PERSONALITY
Mary Lucia
www.thecurrent.org

BEST RADIO STATION
89.3 The Current
www.thecurrent.org

BEST ROCK BAND
The 4onthefloor
www.4otf.com

BEST ROCK CLUB
First Avenue
701 First Ave. N.
612-338-8388
first-avenue.com

BEST SPORTS TALK RADIO HOST
Paul Allen
www.kfan.com

BEST TATTOO PARLOR
Leviticus Tattoo
4109 E. Lake St.
612-729-1475
www.leviticus.com

BEST TV NEWSCASTER
Belinda Jensen
www.kare11.com

BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR
Mark Rosen
minnesota.cbslocal.com

BEST TWEETER
Chris Kluwe
@ChrisWarcraft

BEST VOCALIST (FEMALE)
Dessa
www.doomtree.net/dessa

BEST VOCALIST (MALE)
Jeremy Messersmith
www.jeremymessersmith.com

FOOD & DRINK


BEST BAKERY
Glam Doll Donuts
2605 Nicollet Ave.
612-345-7064
www.glamdolldonuts.com

BEST BEER SELECTION IN A BAR
The Happy Gnome
498 Selby Ave., St. Paul
651-287-2018
www.thehappygnome.com

BEST BLOODY MARY
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
1900 Marshall St. NE
612-788-9069
www.psychosuzis.com

BEST BREWERY
Surly Brewing Company
4811 Dusharme Dr.
763-535-3330
www.surlybrewing.com

BEST BRUNCH
Hell's Kitchen
80 S. Ninth St.
612-332-4700
www.hellskitcheninc.com

BEST BURGER
The Blue Door Pub
1811 Selby Ave., St Paul
651-493-1865
www.thebluedoorpubmn.com

BEST CHEAP EATS
Quang Restaurant
2719 Nicollet Ave.
612-870-4739
www.quangrestaurant.com

BEST CHEF
Isaac Becker
112 N. Third St.
612-343-7696
www.112eatery.com

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT
Rainbow Chinese Restaurant
2739 Nicollet Ave.
612-870-7084
www.rainbowrestaurant.com

BEST COCKTAILS
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
1900 Marshall St. NE
612-788-9069
www.psychosuzis.com

BEST COFFESHOP
Spyhouse Coffee
Three locations including:
2404 Hennepin Ave. S.
612-377-2278
www.spyhousecoffee.com

BEST DINER
Mickey's Diner
36 West Seventh St., St. Paul
651-222-5633
www.mickeysdiningcar.com

BEST DIVE BAR
Lyle's
2021 Hennepin Ave.
612-870-8183
www.lylesliquor.com

BEST DOUGHNUTS
Glam Doll Donuts
2605 Nicollet Ave.
612-345-7064
www.glamdolldonuts.com

BEST FARMERS MARKET
Minneapolis Farmers Market
312 East Lyndale Ave. N.
612-333-1718
www.mplsfarmersmarket.com

BEST FOOD NEIGHBORHOOD
Eat Street
www.whittierbusiness.org
612-871-7756

BEST FRIES
Barbette
1600 W. Lake St.
612-827-5710
www.barbette.com

BEST GASTROPUB
The Happy Gnome
498 Selby Ave., St. Paul
651-287-2018
www.thehappygnome.com

BEST HAPPY HOUR
Lyle's
2021 Hennepin Ave.
612-870-8183
www.lylesliquor.com

BEST ICE CREAM
Izzy's Ice Cream
2034 Marshall Ave., St. Paul
651-603-1458
1100 Second St. S., Minneapolis
612-206-3356
www.izzysicecream.com

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Cossetta Alimentari
211 Seventh St. W., St. Paul
651-222-3476
www.cossettas.com

BEST LATE NIGHT DINING
Pizza Luce
Multiple locations including:
119 N. Fourth St.
612-333-7359
www.pizzaluce.com

BEST LIQUOR STORE
Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop
303 E. Hennepin Ave.
612-379-3232
www.surdyks.com

BEST LOCAL BEER
Surly Furious
Surly Brewing Company
4811 Dusharme Dr.
763-535-3330
www.surlybrewing.com

BEST LUNCH
Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake St.
612-872-4041
www.midtownglobalmarket.org

BEST MARGARITA
Barrio Tequila Bar
925 Nicollet Mall
612-333-9953
www.barriotequila.com

BEST MARTINI
Nye's Polonaise Room
112 E. Hennepin Ave.
612-379-2021
www.nyespolonaise.com

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Boca Chica Restaurante
11 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul
651-222-8499
www.bocachicarestaurant.com

BEST NATURAL FOOD GROCERY
Seward Co-Op Grocery & Deli
2823 E. Franklin Ave.
612-338-2465
www.seward.coop

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR (MINNEAPOLIS)
Merlins Rest
3601 E. Lake St.
612-216-2419
www.merlinsrest.com

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR (ST. PAUL)
The Happy Gnome
498 Selby Ave., St. Paul
651-287-2018
www.thehappygnome.com

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Smack Shack
603 N. Washington Ave.
612-259-7288
www.smack-shack.com

BEST PATIO/OUTDOOR DINING
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
1900 Marshall St. NE.
612-788-9069
www.psychosuzis.com

BEST PIZZA
Pizza Luce
Multiple locations including:
119 N. Fourth St.
612-333-7359
www.pizzaluce.com

BEST RESTAURANT FOR A FIRST DATE
Chatterbox Pub
Three locations including:
2229 E. 35th St.
612-728-9871
www.chatterboxpub.net

BEST RESTAURANT (MINNEAPOLIS)
Butcher & the Boar
1121 Hennepin Ave.
612-238-8888
www.butcherandtheboar.com

BEST RESTAURANT (ST. PAUL)
The Strip Club Meat & Fish
378 Maria Ave., St. Paul
651-793-6247
www.domeats.com

BEST SANDWICH
Manny's Tortas
920 E. Lake St.
612-870-3930
www.mannystortas.com

BEST SEAFOOD
Sea Salt Eatery
4825 Minnehaha Ave.
612-721-8990
www.seasalteatery.wordpress.com

BEST SERVICE
Merlins Rest
3601 E. Lake St.
612-216-2419
www.merlinsrest.com

BEST SPORTS BAR
Rail Station Bar & Grill
3675 Minnehaha Ave.
612-729-3663
www.railstationbarandgrill.com

BEST STATE FAIR FOOD
Cheese Curds

BEST STEAKHOUSE
Manny's Steakhouse
825 Marquette Ave. S.
612-339-9900
www.mannyssteakhouse.com

BEST STREET EATS
World Street Kitchen
2743 Lyndale Ave. S.
612-424-8855
www.eatwsk.com

BEST SUSHI
Fuji Ya
600 W. Lake St.
612-871-4055
www.fujiyasushi.com

BEST TAPROOM
Dangerous Man Brewing Co.
1300 Second St. NE
612-236-4087
www.dangerousmanbrewing.com

BEST VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT
Birchwood Cafe
3311 E. 25th St.
612-722-4474
www.birchwoodcafe.com

BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT
Quang Restaurant
2719 Nicollet Ave.
612-870-4739
www.quangrestaurant.com

BEST WINGS
The Blue Door Pub
1811 Selby Ave., St Paul
651-493-1865
www.thebluedoorpubmn.com


SHOPPING & SERVICES


BEST ART SUPPLIES
Dick Blick Art Materials
Three locations including:
1601 Hennepin Ave.
612-339-3400
www.dickblick.com

BEST BOOKSTORE (NEW) MINNEAPOLIS
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave.
612-822-4611
www.magersandquinn.com

BEST BOOKSTORE (NEW) ST. PAUL
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave., St. Paul
651-224-8320
www.redballoonbookshop.com

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) MINNEAPOLIS
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave.
612-822-4611
www.magersandquinn.com

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) ST. PAUL
Half Price Books
2041 Ford Pkwy.
651-699-1391
www.hpb.com

BEST BOUTIQUE
Patina
Three locations including:
1009 W. Franklin Ave.
612-872-0880
www.patinastores.com

BEST CLOTHING STORE (MEN)
Len Druskin
3140 Galleria, Edina
952-927-7923
www.shoplen.com

BEST CLOTHING STORE (VINTAGE)
Tatters Vintage Clothing
2928 Lyndale Ave. S.
612-823-5285
www.tattersvintageclothing.com

BEST CLOTHING STORE (WOMEN)
Primp
Four locations including:
618 Selby Ave., St. Paul
651-414-0091
www.primpyourself.com

BEST COMIC BOOK SHOP
Big Brain Comics
1027 Washington Ave. S.
612-338-4390
www.bigbraincomics.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY VINYL
Electric Fetus
2000 Fourth Ave. S.
612-870-9300
www.electricfetus.com

BEST SALON/SPA
Moxie Hair Salon
2649 Lyndale Ave. S.
612-813-0330
www.moxiesalon.com

BEST TOY STORE
Creative Kidstuff
Three locations including:
4313 Upton Ave. S.
612-927-0653
www.creativekidstuff.com


SPORTS & RECREATION


BEST BIKE SHOP
The Hub Bike Co-Op
Four locations including:
3020 Minnehaha Ave.
612-729-0437
www.thehubbikecoop.org

BEST BOWLING ALLEY
Bryant-Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St.
612-825-3737
www.bryantlakebowl.com

BEST COACH
Jerry Kill

BEST GYM
YWCA
Three locations including:
1130 Nicollet Mall
612-332-0501
www.ywcampls.org

BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE
The Depot Skating Rink
225 Third Ave. S.
612-339-2253
www.thedepotminneapolis.com

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL
Grumpy's Bar & Grill
Three locations including:
1111 Washington Ave. S.
612-340-9738
www.grumpys-bar.com

BEST SPORTS TEAM
Minnesota Lynx
www.wnba.com/lynx

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER
Kevin Love

BEST TWINS PLAYER
Joe Mauer

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER
Adrian Peterson

BEST WILD PLAYER
Zach Parise


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