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Best of the Twin Cities: The Winners

THE CITY GRITTY

BEST HELLRAISER OR ACTIVIST GROUP JOBS NOW Coalition

BEST SCANDAL Telegate

BEST MAYOR Lee Hunt
Readers' Choice: R.T. Rybak

BEST POLITICIAN Tim Pawlenty
Readers' Choice: Paul Wellstone

BEST CORPORATE CITIZEN General Mills, Inc.

BEST BOONDOGGLE The inevitable Twins, Vikings, and Gophers stadiums
Readers' Choice: Bus Strike

BEST CAREER MOVE Randy Meier gets fired by KSTP

BEST GADFLY Phil Krinkie

BEST BROKEN PROMISE Norm Coleman's pledge to oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

BEST LOCAL BOY MADE GOOD Larry Fitzgerald Jr.
Readers' Choice: Prince

BEST LOCAL BOY GONE BAD Dick Borrell

BEST LOCAL GIRL MADE GOOD Katherine Lanpher
Readers' Choice: Lindsey Whalen

BEST LOCAL GIRL GONE BAD Patricia Anderson

BEST LOCALLY GENERATED WEB SITE Cursor

BEST FARMERS' MARKET Minneapolis Midtown Public Market

BEST FOOD COURT Mercado Central

BEST PLACE TO DUMP SOMEONE Cyberspace
Readers' Choice: Mall of America

BEST PLACE TO GET DUMPED Nicollet Mall, just outside of Target

BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE MEN (STRAIGHT) The Wedge Community Co-op

BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE MEN (GAY) 19 Bar

BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE WOMEN (STRAIGHT) Opitz Outlet

BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE WOMEN (LESBIAN) Women's Prison Book Project

BEST PLACE TO PEOPLE-WATCH Perkins, late night
Readers' Choice: Minnesota State Fair

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Purcell-Cutts House

BEST PUBLIC RESTROOM Amtrak Depot

BEST STATE FAIR RIDE Magnum

BEST STATE FAIR FOOD Cider Freezies
Readers' Choice: Cheese Curds

BEST USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS New playground equipment in Minneapolis parks

BEST VIEW The Minneapolis skyline from the St. Anthony Parkway

BEST VICTIM Joe Soucheray

BEST VILLAIN David Strom
Readers' Choice: Tim Pawlenty

BEST CHEAP THRILL Driving in January

BEST FESTIVAL Grand Old Day

BEST LIBRARY St. Paul Central Public Library

BEST MONTH TO BE IN THE TWIN CITIES January
Readers' Choice: June

BEST WEEKEND GETAWAY Duluth

BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE Bryant-Lake Bowl
Readers' Choice: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

BEST RADIO STATION KFAI-FM
Readers' Choice: 93X

BEST FM RADIO PERSONALITY Earl Root - KFAI-FM
Readers' Choice: Remy Maxwell - 93X

BEST AM RADIO PERSONALITY T.D. Mischke - KSTP-AM
Readers' Choice: Mark Wheat - Radio K

BEST HIP-HOP RADIO PROGRAM 2 the Break-A-Dawn - KFAI-FM
Readers' Choice: The Beat Box - Radio K

BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS The Minnesota Orchestra in Lahti, Finland

BEST JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM Monday Evening Jazz with Tom Surowicz - KBEM-FM

BEST RADIO PROGRAM AFTER MIDNIGHT The Echo Chamber - KFAI-FM
Readers' Choice: X-Treme Metal Shop - 93X

BEST TV STATION Minneapolis Telecommunications Network
Readers' Choice: KARE-TV (Channel 11)

BEST TV WEATHERPERSON MnDOT Aviation Weather Computers
Readers' Choice: Belinda Jensen

BEST TV NEWSCASTER Julie Nelson - KARE-TV
Readers' Choice: Don Shelby

BEST PUBLIC ACCESS CABLE TV PROGRAM Somali TV

BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR Eric Perkins - KARE-TV
Readers' Choice: Randy Shaver - KARE-TV

BEST SPORTS TALK RADIO HOST Dan Cole - KFAN-AM

BEST COLUMNIST Brian Lambert
Readers' Choice: Dara Moskowitz

BEST READING OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS Al Franken at Ruminator Books/Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul

BEST BOOK BY A LOCAL AUTHOR The Language of Blood: A Memoir by Jane Jeong Trenka

BEST THEATER FOR DRAMA Mixed Blood Theatre

BEST THEATER FOR NEW WORK Pillsbury House Theatre

BEST ACTOR Steven Epp

BEST ACTRESS Charity Jones

BEST DIRECTOR Michelle Hensley

BEST INDEPENDENT THEATER Frank Theatre

BEST BUDGET MOVIE THEATER Riverview Theater

BEST FILM What America Needs: From Sea to Shining Sea

BEST MOVIE THEATER Minnesota Film Arts' Oak Street Cinema
Readers' Choice: Lagoon Cinema

BEST ART CINEMA Minnesota Film Arts' University Film Society at Bell Auditorium

BEST ART GALLERY Ox-Op Gallery
Readers' Choice: Walker Art Center

BEST MUSEUM Walker Art Center
Readers' Choice: Science Museum of Minnesota

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITION "Crossing the Channel" - Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST SINGLE-ARTIST SHOW Don Holzschuh's Minneapolis exhibit at Flanders Contemporary Arts

BEST PUBLIC ART PROJECT Merit Printing Mural

BEST ARTS ORGANIZATION Springboard for the Arts

BEST LOCAL IMPRESARIO Clint Simonsen

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER HIJACK

BEST DANCER Roxane Wallace

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE Ballet of the Dolls

BEST STAGE PRODUCTION PROM - Children's Theatre Company

BEST THEATER FOR COMEDY Bryant-Lake Bowl

OUT & ABOUT

BEST PLACE TO JOG Wirth Parkway to Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden to Lake of the Isles

BEST BATTING CAGE Grand Slam Sports & Entertainment Center

BEST GOLF COURSE The Minneapolis City Courses
Readers' Choice: Hiawatha Golf Gourse

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Mady's Bowl & Lounge
Readers' Choice: Bryant-Lake Bowl

BEST BIKE TRAIL Cannon Valley Trail

BEST TENNIS COURTS College of St. Catherine

BEST BEACH Hidden Beach
Readers' Choice: Lake Calhoun

BEST FISHING HOLE Mississippi River, by the powerhouse at the Ford Dam

BEST PICNIC SPOT West River Road
Readers' Choice: Minnehaha Falls

BEST PLACE TO BIRD-WATCH Whitewater Wildlife Management Area

BEST PLACE TO CAMP The island next to the Riverside Power Plant, Minneapolis

BEST PLACE TO CANOE Kettle River

 

BEST PLACE TO HIKE Afton State Park

BEST PLACE TO LEARN TO DANCE Date Night Dance, Friday Evenings, at the Arthur Murray Dance Studios

BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL Fat Boy Billiards
Readers' Choice: City Billiards Bar & Cafe

BEST PLACE TO ROLLERBLADE The Mississippi River Roads

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A MOVIE OUTDOORS Loring Park (Summer Music and Movies)

BEST PUBLIC PARK Como Park
Readers' Choice: Como Park

BEST SIGN OF SPRING Exposed flesh

BEST DAY TRIP Schell's Brewery

BEST SLEDDING Green Acres Recreation

BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE Parade Ice Garden
Readers' Choice: The Depot

BEST PLACE TO CROSS-COUNTRY SKI Lebanon Hills Regional Park

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER Latrell Sprewell
Readers' Choice: Kevin Garnett

BEST TWINS PLAYER Johan Santana
Readers' Choice: Torii Hunter

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER Randy Moss
Readers' Choice: Randy Moss

BEST LYNX PLAYER Katie Smith
Readers' Choice: Katie Smith

BEST WILD PLAYER Dwayne Roloson
Readers' Choice: Marian Gaborik

BEST COACH Flip Saunders
Readers' Choice: Flip Saunders

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Thomas Vanek
Readers' Choice: Lindsey Whalen

BEST HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE Erica McKenzie

BOUGHT & SOLD

BEST MUSIC STORE Groth Music Co.

BEST CD STORE (NEW) The Electric Fetus
Readers' Choice: The Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (USED) Cheapo
Readers' Choice: Cheapo

BEST CD STORE/TRAVEL AGENCY/HAIR SALON Música y Algo Más

BEST VIDEO RENTAL Video Universe
Readers' Choice: Blockbuster

BEST BOOKSTORE (NEW) Amazon Bookstore Cooperative
Readers' Choice: Barnes & Noble

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) Cummings Books
Readers' Choice: Half Price Books

BEST COMIC BOOK SHOP Big Brain Comics

BEST DVD RENTAL Cinema Revolution

BEST PLACE TO RENT FOREIGN FILMS Intercontinental Video

BEST PLACE TO BUY VINYL Cheapo

BEST ELECTRONICS (AUDIOPHILE) HiFi Sound

BEST ELECTRONICS (PROLETARIAN) Best Buy

BEST ART SUPPLIES Wet Paint

BEST BOUTIQUE Larue's

BEST FLEA MARKET Elko Trader's Market

BEST FLORIST Bastian Skoog Urban Flower Studio

BEST GARDEN CENTER Bloomsbury Market, Inc.
Readers' Choice: Bachman's

BEST HOTEL The Saint Paul Hotel
Readers' Choice: Le Meridien

BEST MALL Midway Shopping Center
Readers' Choice: Mall of America

BEST JEWELRY DESIGN Karin Jacobson

BEST PAWN SHOP Pawn America
Readers' Choice: Pawn America

BEST THRIFT STORE Salvation Army
Readers' Choice: Saver's

BEST USED CLOTHING Everyday People Clothing Exchange

BEST USED CLOTHING (VINTAGE) Lula's Vintage Wear

BEST USED FURNITURE (VINTAGE) Theater Antiques

BEST TOBACCONIST Golden Leaf

BEST TATTOO PARLOR Twilight Tattoo

BEST BODY PIERCING St. Sabrina's Parlor in Purgatory

BEST BIKE SHOP Kenwood Cyclery
Readers' Choice: Erik's Bike Shop

BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE General Sports

BEST BABY GOODS STORE Treasure's Island

BEST TOY STORE Target
Readers' Choice: Toys R Us

BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE Wild Rumpus

BEST USED CLOTHING (KIDS) Unique Thrift Stores

BEST HARDWARE STORE Seven Corners
Readers' Choice: Ace Hardware

BEST CAR WASH The Downtowner Car Wash
Readers' Choice: The Downtowner Car Wash

BEST MECHANIC Glasgow Automotive
Readers' Choice: Autópia

BEST HAIRCUT Audie Howe - Lyn-Lake Barber Shop
Readers' Choice: Great Clips

RESTAURANTS

BEST RESTAURANT FOR OUTDOOR DINING W.A. Frost & Company
Readers' Choice: Black Forest Inn

BEST RESTAURANT FOR ROMANCE Fuji-Ya
Readers' Choice: La Belle Vie

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH 128 Café

BEST BREAKFAST St. Clair Broiler
Readers' Choice: Sunny Side Up Cafe

BEST HANGOVER BREAKFAST Lyle's Bar & Restaurant
Readers' Choice: The Uptown Diner

BEST POWER LUNCH Café Brenda

BEST RESTAURANT FOR LATE-NIGHT DINING Azia
Readers' Choice: Pizza Lucé

BEST TAKEOUT Cossetta's
Readers' Choice: Sawatdee

BEST RESTAURANT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS PAYING Levain
Readers' Choice: Oceanaire Seafood Room

BEST CHEAP EATS Highland Grill
Readers' Choice: Chipotle

BEST LOCAL CHEF Doug Flicker - Auriga

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD CAFÉ--MINNEAPOLIS Vincent A Restaurant

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD CAFÉ--ST PAUL Heartland

BEST DINER Band Box Diner

BEST NEW RESTAURANT Cosmos
Readers' Choice: Solera

BEST PLACE TO EAT OUT WITH KIDS Day by Day Café

BEST RESTAURANT FOR APPETIZERS Sapor Cafe and Bar

BEST RESTAURANT FOR DESSERT Solera
Readers' Choice: Café Latte

BEST RESTAURANT FOR GLUTTONS New King's Buffet

BEST RESTAURANT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Lindey's Prime Steakhouse

BEST RESTAURANT--MINNEAPOLIS Solera

BEST RESTAURANT--ST. PAUL W.A. Frost & Company

BEST RESTAURANT TREND Falling Wine Prices

BEST SERVICE AT A RESTAURANT Cosmos

BEST STAR CHEF EXPERIENCE Patrick Atanalian

BEST STEAK HOUSE Little Jack's Steak House
Readers' Choice: Manny's Steakhouse

BEST STEAK HOUSE ON A BUDGET erté

BEST COFFEEHOUSE Anodyne
Readers' Choice: Dunn Bros

BEST DIM SUM Peking Garden Restaurant

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT The Oceanaire Seafood Room

BEST VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT French Meadow Bakery and Cafe
Readers' Choice: Café Brenda

BEST WINE BAR Cesaré's Wine Bar

BEST WINE LIST The Modern Cafe
Readers' Choice: Zander Café

BEST THAI RESTAURANT Chiang Mai Thai
Readers' Choice: Sawatdee

BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Pho Tau Bay
Readers' Choice: Quang Restaurant

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT Salsa a La Salsa Mexican Grill
Readers' Choice: Pepito's

 

BEST MEXICAN TAKEOUT Piñeda Tacos

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT Udupi Café
Readers' Choice: Taste of India

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT (CHEAP) Broders' Southside Pasta Bar
Readers' Choice: Olive Garden

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT (NOT CHEAP) Ristorante Luci
Readers' Choice: Buca di Beppo

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT Tanpopo Noodle Shop
Readers' Choice: Fuji-Ya

BEST KOREAN RESTAURANT King's Fine Korean Cuisine

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT Khyber Pass

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT Cavé Vin
Readers' Choice: Vincent A Restaurant

BEST GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT Christos
Readers' Choice: It's Greek to Me

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT Yummy
Readers' Choice: Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar

FOODSTUFF

BEST FRIES Café Lurçat, Bar Lurçat
Readers' Choice: McDonald's

BEST BURGERS Band Box Diner
Readers' Choice: Matt's Bar

BEST PIZZA Punch Neapolitan Pizza
Readers' Choice: Pizza Lucé

BEST SOUL FOOD Lucille's Kitchen

BEST SUSHI Origami
Readers' Choice: Fuji-Ya

BEST WINE AND LIQUOR STORE Zipp's Liquors
Readers' Choice: Surdyk's

BEST SALAD Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
Readers' Choice: Olive Garden

BEST BREAD Bakery on Grand

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN BREAD Abu Nader Deli & Grocery

BEST BAGELS H&H
Readers' Choice: Bruegger's Bagels

BEST BBQ Ted Cook's 19th Hole Bar-B-Que
Readers' Choice: Famous Dave's

BEST BURRITO La Cucaracha

BEST CANDY STORE Candyland

BEST CHOCOLATE B.T. McElrath

BEST COFFEE BY THE POUND Dunn Bros
Readers' Choice: Dunn Bros

BEST DOUGHNUTS Lone Doughnut Café

BEST CHEESE SELECTION Whole Foods Market

BEST FRIED CHICKEN Nardie's Café

BEST HOT DOGS The Wienery

BEST ICE CREAM PARLOR Crema Café

BEST APPLE ORCHARD Afton Apple

BEST GOURMET GROCERY Whole Foods Market
Readers' Choice: Byerly's

BEST BAKERY Patrick's Bakery & Café
Readers' Choice: Wuollet Bakery

BEST DELICATESSEN The Brothers Delicatessen

BEST FRESH PRODUCE The Wedge Community Co-op
Readers' Choice: The Wedge Community Co-op

BEST INDIAN GROCERY Flavors of India

BEST LATINO GROCERY El Burrito Mercado

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN GROCERY Holy Land Bakery and Deli

BEST NATURAL FOODS GROCERY Mississippi Market
Readers' Choice: The Wedge Community Co-op

BEST ITALIAN GROCERY Broders' Cucina Italiana

BEST ASIAN GROCERY United Noodles

BEST FISH MARKET Coastal Seafoods

SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL

BEST STRIP CLUB Le Cirque Rouge de Gus
Readers' Choice: Déjà Vu

BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE SexWorld

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR--MINNEAPOLIS Chatterbox Pub
Readers' Choice: Chatterbox Pub

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR--ST. PAUL Arnellia's
Readers' Choice: O'Gara's Garage

BEST BARTENDER Kristina "Lola" Lalor - Porter's Bar and Grill

BEST COCKTAILS Chino Latino
Readers' Choice: Chino Latino

BEST MARGARITA Bar Abilene

BEST MARTINI The Third One

BEST IRISH PUB The Dubliner
Readers' Choice: Kieran's Irish Pub

BEST BEER SELECTION IN A BAR The Muddy Pig
Readers' Choice: Old Chicago

BEST GAY BAR The Saloon
Readers' Choice: The Gay 90's

BEST HAPPY HOUR Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
Readers' Choice: Lyle's Bar & Restaurant

BEST LESBIAN BAR American Sports Café
Readers' Choice: Lucy's Saloon

BEST BLOODY MARY Al's Bar

BEST ROCK CLUB Triple Rock Social Club
Readers' Choice: First Avenue

BEST BLUES BAR Minnesota Music Café

BEST CONCERT VENUE Turf Club

BEST DANCE CLUB Tabu
Readers' Choice: First Avenue

BEST ALL-AGES VENUE The Garage
Readers' Choice: First Avenue

BEST JAZZ CLUB/BEST RENOVATION Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

BEST LOCAL MUSIC COMPILATION Iron Country

BEST ALBUM OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS Atmosphere: Seven's Travels

BEST ACOUSTIC PERFORMER Jon Rodine

BEST BAND NAME Happy Mother's Day, I Can't Read

BEST BAND NAME (SECOND PLACE) Jehovah's Shitlist

BEST BAND NAME (THIRD PLACE) Screaming Monkey Boner

BEST BAND TO BREAK UP IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS The Crush

BEST BAND TO LEAVE THE TWIN CITIES IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Har Mar Superstar

BEST BLUES BAND The Lamont Cranston Blues Band featuring Pat Hayes
Readers' Choice: The Lamont Cranston Blues Band

BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS Lifter Puller
Readers' Choice: Summer Sanitarium Tour (Metallica)

BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST Doomtree
Readers' Choice: Atmosphere

BEST CLUB DJ Dory Kahalé
Readers' Choice: Jake Rudh

BEST LIVE ARTIST Heiruspecs

BEST NEW BAND Zebulon Pike

BEST OLD BAND Westside

BEST R&B ARTIST J. Isaac
Readers' Choice: Prince

BEST JAZZ ARTIST George Cartwright
Readers' Choice: Happy Apple

BEST ROCK BAND Sweet J.A.P.
Readers' Choice: Skywind

BEST SONGWRITER Askeleton

BEST VOCALIST (FEMALE) Alicia Corbett

BEST VOCALIST (MALE) Maurice Jacox

BEST KARAOKE Country Bar and Grill
Readers' Choice: Grumpy's Bar & Grill

BEST JUKEBOX Turf Club

BEST OPEN MIC Balls Cabaret


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