City Pages' Best Of The Twin Cities 2011: Reader's Poll

We went back to 1961 for inspiration in this year's Best of the Twin Cities issue, but our readers are inspired everyday by where they work and play. So while we've come up with 250 of our own selections, we also wanted to be sure our readers' voices were heard. We've compiled them below.



Best Lake Lake Calhoun

Best Local Blog Heavy Table

Best Local Boy Made Good Joe Mauer

Best Local Girl Made Good Dessa

Best Local Website

Best Neighborhood Northeast

Best Park Minnehaha Falls

Best Place for a First Date Bryant-Lake Bowl

Best Place to People-Watch  Minnesota State Fair

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests  Mall of America

Best Politician Al Franken

Best State Fair Food Cheese curds

Best Street Hennepin Avenue

Best Tweeter Jason DeRusha

Best Villain Michele Bachmann



Best All-Ages Venue First Avenue

Best AM Radio Personality Dan "The Common Man" Cole, KFAN

Best Club DJ Jake Rudh

Best Columnist James Lileks

Best Dance Club First Avenue

Best FM Radio Personality Mark Wheat, 89.3 the Current

Best Hip-Hop Artist Atmosphere

Best Karaoke U Otter Stop Inn

Best Lesbian Night Twilight

Best Movie Theater Riverview Theater

Best Museum Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Radio Station 89.3 the Current

Best Rock Band (tie) Solid Gold, Tapes 'n Tapes, the 4onthefloor

Best Rock Club First Avenue

Best Strip Club The Seville

Best TV Newscaster Julie Nelson, KARE 11

Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen, WCCO

Best TV Weatherperson Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11



Best Beach Lake Calhoun

Best Bike Trail Midtown Greenway

Best Bowling Alley Bryant-Lake Bowl

Best Day Trip Duluth

Best Place to Run Lake Calhoun

Best Public Golf Course Hiawatha

Best Timberwolves Player Kevin Love

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Wild Player Mikko Koivu



Best Bike Shop Erik's

Best Bookstore (New) Barnes & Noble

Best Bookstore (Used) Half-Price Books

Best CD Store (Used) Cheapo

Best Clothing Store (Men) Len Druskin

Best Clothing Store (Women) Primp

Best Garden Center Bachman's

Best Gift Shop Patina

Best Haircut Moxie

Best Head Shop The Hideaway

Best Store for Sex Toys Smitten Kitten

Best Tattoo Parlor The Holy Mackerel

Best Toy Store Creative Kidstuff

Best Wine Store Surdyk's



Best Bakery Wuollet Bakery

Best Barbecue Famous Dave's

Best Breakfast Al's Breakfast

Best Burger The Blue Door Pub

Best Cheap Eats Chipotle

Best Cocktails Bradstreet Craftshouse

Best Dive Bar Lyle's

Best Food at Target Field Hot dogs

Best Food Truck Chef Shack

Best Gay Bar Gay 90's

Best Happy Hour Lyle's

Best Irish Pub The Local

Best Italian Restaurant Cossetta Italian Market & Pizzeria

Best Late-Night Dining 112 Eatery

Best Local Beer Surly

Best Mexican Restaurant Pancho Villa

Best Neighborhood Bar (Minneapolis)  Merlins Rest

Best Neighborhood Bar (St. Paul) The Muddy Pig

Best New Restaurant Haute Dish

Best Pancakes Al's Breakfast

Best Pizza Pizza Lucé

Best Place to Eat Out With Your Kids Pizza Lucé

Best Restaurant for Romance (tie) La Belle Vie, Barbette

Best Restaurant (Minneapolis/St. Paul)  Bar La Grassa

Best Restaurant (Suburbs) Travail Kitchen and Amusements

Best Seafood Restaurant Oceanaire

Best Service Manny's Steak House

Best Steak House Manny's Steak House

Best Suburban Bar  Cooper's

Best Sushi  Fuji-Ya

Best Tacos Barrio

Best Takeout Brasa

Best Thai Restaurant True Thai

Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant  French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

Best Wine List Kings Wine Bar

Best Wings Buffalo Wild Wings

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