Mayoral Picks: St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly
St. Paul's St. Patrick's Day
75 Constitution Avenue
BEST MONTH TO BE IN THE TWIN CITIES
To experience all that winter has to offer and the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
BEST PLACE TO PEOPLE-WATCH
Taste of Minnesota
Alligator- or buffalo-on-a-stick in our capital city brings out everyone gearing up for the other Great Minnesota Get-Together to watch people in August.
BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
BEST PICNIC SPOT
BEST PUBLIC PARK
Midway Parkway and Lexington Avenue
BEST LOCAL ATHLETE
Cretin-Derham Hall High School 2001 graduate; widely considered the best high school baseball player in the country (according to the Pioneer Press, April 2002); top draftpick of the Minnesota Twins Minor League team.
BEST RADIO PERSONALITY
1648 Grand Avenue
One of our last locally owned bookstores, an excellent place to linger.
BEST HARDWARE STORE
Payne Avenue Hardware
1200 Payne Avenue
A St. Paul East Side institution that predates the big-box retailers of today, it burned down and was rebuilt, reflecting the resilience of many East Siders. It has everything and anything a homeowner could want or need.
BEST RETAIL OUTFIT
Seven Corners Hardware
216 W. Seventh Street
An anchor for downtown St. Paul's West Seventh Street over the decades, providing seemingly endless aisles to wander away an afternoon.
1080 Grand Avenue
and five other Twin Cities locations
Lee's and Dee's Barbeque Express
161 Victoria Street N.
BEST ICE CREAM PARLOR
Izzy's Ice Cream Café
2034 Marshall Avenue
421 E. Seventh Street
637 Payne Avenue
A traditional family-owned Italian restaurant that's been an East Side fixture; delivers excellent food in an atmosphere reminiscent of The Godfather.
BEST STEAK HOUSE
Mancinis Char House
531 W. Seventh Street
850 Grand Avenue
BEST CONCERT VENUE
Xcel Energy Center
175 W. Kellogg Boulevard
Over the last 18 months, the Xcel Center has hosted dozens of musicians from Prince to Pavarotti, receiving rave reviews from audiences for the site's sound and viewing quality.
995 W. Seventh Street
BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR
164 Snelling Avenue N.
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