While I'd definitely consider Heartland among the top restaurants in the state, competition for Best Restaurant isn't as fierce in St. Paul as Minneapolis. My short list would probably include Meritage (winner of Best French Restaurant), the Strip Club, and Tanpopo, and I might even stretch the boundaries to include I Nonni in Lilydale. With time, I think Forepaugh's has the potential to be a contender. Perhaps we should broaden next year's Best Restaurant category from Minneapolis/St. Paul to West/East?