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2009 Readers' Choice Awards

2009 Readers' Choice Awards
Photo by Todd Buchanan
The bar at the St. Paul Grill: One of our
readers’ favorite spots to quaff a martini.

Late last year, we asked you, the readers of Minnesota Monthly, to vote for your favorite restaurants: neighborhood cafés, burger joints, sushi spots, steak houses, wine bars, and more. From your responses, we compiled our 2009 Readers’ Choice restaurant awards. Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to the voters for championing all the dishes and dining spots you most value in the Twin Cities.


 

New Restaurant

1. Pop!
2. Meritage
3. The Strip Club
 

Date Spot

1. 112 Eatery
2. St. Paul Grill
3. Pazzaluna
 

See and Be Seen

1. St. Paul Grill
2. Manny’s
3. Chambers Kitchen
 

Business Lunch

1. St. Paul Grill
2. Kincaid’s
3. The Lexington
 

Neighborhood Spot

1. Triä
2. (tie) Café Maude, Casper & Runyon’s Nook
3. Muddy Pig
 

Wine Bar

1. Spill the Wine
2. Lucia’s Wine Bar
3. (tie) Ursula’s, Riverview Wine Bar
 

Place to Impress a Client

1. St. Paul Grill
2. Manny’s
3. Kincaid’s
 

Steak House

1. Manny’s
2. (tie) Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris
3. Kincaid’s
 

Romantic Spot

1. W. A. Frost
2. Pazzaluna
3. (tie) St. Paul Grill, Nicollet Island Inn
 

Late-Night Dining

1. 112 Eatery
2. Mickey’s Diner
3. Figlio
 

View

1. 20.21
2. Stella’s Fish Café
3. Dock Café
 

Ambiance

1. Pazzaluna
2. St. Paul Grill
3. Loring Pasta Bar
 

Service

1. St. Paul Grill
2. La Belle Vie
3. Oceannaire Seafood Room
 

Seafood

1. Oceanaire Seafood Room
2. McCormick & Schmick’s
3. Stella’s Fish Café
 

Wine List

1. Pazzaluna
2. (tie) Spill the Wine, W. A. Frost
3. (tie) La Belle Vie, Manny’s
 

Barbecue

1. Famous Dave’s
2. Rudolph’s
3. Market BBQ
 

Beer Selection

1. Happy Gnome
2. Old Chicago
3. The Bulldog
 

Bar Menu

1. St. Paul Grill
2. Happy Gnome
3. The Bulldog
 

Martini

1. St. Paul Grill
2. Axel’s
3. Martini Blu
 

Pizza

1. Punch
2. Red Savoy’s
3. Pizza Lucé
 

Brunch

1. Lake Elmo Inn
2. St. Paul Grill
3. Nicollet Island Inn
 

Soup

1. Eddington’s
2. Cafe Latté
3. Byerly’s
 

Coffee

1. Caribou Coffee
2. Dunn Bros
3. (tie) Café Amore, Kopplin’s
 

French Fries

1. Salut Bar Americain
2. Champps
3. Convention Grill
 

Happy Hour

1. Pazzaluna
2. McCormick & Schmick’s
3. Kincaid’s
 

Chinese

1. Tea House
2. Rainbow Chinese
3. Big Bowl
 

Mexican

1. Boca Chica
2. La Cucaracha
3. Pepito’s

 

Vegetarian

1. Cafe Brenda
2. Good Earth
3. Spoonriver
 

Desserts

1. Cafe Latté
2. St. Paul Grill
3. Lake Elmo Inn
 

Pre-Theater Spot

1. Palomino
2. St. Paul Grill
3. Solera

Cheap Eats

1. Chipotle
2. McDonald’s
3. Cossetta
 

Deli

1. Cecil’s
2. D. Brian’s
3. Kramarczuk’s
 

Vietnamese

1. Mai Village
2. Quang Deli
3. (tie) Lotus, Ngon Bistro
 

Healthy Dining Spot

1. Good Earth
2. Cafe Brenda
3. (tie) Birchwood Café, French Meadow Bakery
 

Bakery

1. Wuollet’s Bakery
2. (tie) French Meadow Bakery, Fresh Fields
3. Cafe Latté
 

Outdoor Dining

1. W. A. Frost
2. Brit’s Pub
3. Dock Café
 

Place to Watch a Game

1. Champps
2. Joe Sensor’s
3. Alary’s

Bread

1. Breadsmith
2. (tie) Great Harvest, Turtle Bread
3. French Meadow
 

Breakfast

1. Keys Café
2. Hell’s Kitchen
3. Al’s Breakfast
 

Burger

1. Casper & Runyon’s Nook
2. Matt’s Bar
3. The Bulldog
 

Place to Impress a Visitor

1. St. Paul Grill
2. (tie) Chino Latino, Manny’s
3. Kincaid’s
 

Caterer

1. D’Amico Catering
2. Wildside Catering
3. Tinucci’s
 

Ice Cream

1. Grand Ole Creamery
2. (tie) Izzy’s, Sebastian Joe’s
3. Cold Stone Creamery
 

Thai

1. Sawatdee
2. (tie) Chiang Mai Thai, True Thai
3. King & I
 

Italian

1. Pazzaluna
2. Broders’ Pasta Bar
3. (tie) Al Vento, Cossetta
 

Takeout

1. D’Amico & Sons
2. Chipotle
3. Yang’s
 

Restaurant Worth a Drive

1. Harbor View Café
2. (tie) Bayport Cookery, Lake Elmo Inn
3. Triä
 

Bartenders

1. St. Paul Grill
2. (tie) Ruth’s Chris, Pazzaluna
3. Stub & Herb’s
 

Bloody Mary

1. Ike’s
2. St. Paul Grill
3. Hell’s Kitchen
 

Place to Eat with Kids

1. Perkins
2. Snuffy’s Malt Shop
3. (tie) Fuddruckers, Red Robin
 

Sushi

1. Sakura
2. Origami
3. Fuji-Ya
 

Latin American

1. Chino Latino
2. Babalu
3. Café Ena
 

Middle Eastern

1. Holy Land Deli
2. Saffron
3. Babani’s

 

 

 


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