2017 Best of Minnesota Reader Survey

The people have spoken (or, well, clicked). Check out the winners

Surly Brewing Company patio.
Surly Brewing Company

photo courtesy surly brewing company

Food & Drink


Old-school Burger

1st: 5-8 club

2nd: Matt’s Bar

3rd: The Nook


1st: Pizza Lucé

2nd: Punch Pizza

3rd: Zorbaz


1st: Surly

2nd: Summit

3rd: Schell’s


1st: Loon Liquor

2nd: Far North Spirits

3rd: Tattersall

Comfort Food

1st: Keys Cafe & Bakery

2nd: Tobies Restaurant & Bakery

3rd: Emma Krumbee’s



The north entrance at Mall of America.
Mall of America

photo courtesy mall of America

Women’s Clothing

1st: Mainstream Boutique

2nd: Primp

3rd: Bluebird

Men’s clothing

1st: Duluth Trading Co.

2nd: Heimie’s Haberdashery

3rd: Askov Finlayson

MN-made Product

1st: Honeycrisp apple

2nd: Red Wing Shoes

3rd: Faribault Woolen Mills blanket

Destination Shopping

1st: MOA

2nd: Stillwater

3rd: Duluth

Airport Shopping

1st: Minnesota State of Nice

2nd: Uptown MN

3rd: Hammer Made



Basilica Block Party
Basilica Block Party

photo by Jeff Mozey

Art Museum

1st: Minneapolis Institute of  Art

2nd: Walker Art Center

3rd: Marine Art Museum

Music Festival

1st: Basilica Block Party

2nd: We Fest

3rd: Bayfront Blues Festival


1st: Guthrie Theater

2nd: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

3rd: Children’s Theater Company

Concert Venue

1st: Xcel Energy Center

2nd: First Avenue

3rd: Target Center



Gooseberry Falls State Park.
Gooseberry Falls State Park

photo by eve schrank

State Park

1st: Gooseberry Falls State Park

2nd: Itasca State Park

3rd: Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park


1st: Lake Superior

2nd: Gull Lake

3rd: Lake Minnetonka

Bike Trail

1st: Mississippi River Trail

2nd: Paul Bunyan State Trail

3rd: Root River State Trail

Hiking Trail

1st: Superior Hiking Trail

2nd: Taylors Falls

3rd: Minnehaha Falls

Golf Course

1st: Hazeltine National Golf Club

2nd: Breezy Point Resort

3rd: Grand View Golf Course


1st: Grand View Lodge

2nd: Breezy Point

3rd: Lutsen Resort



An otter swimming at the Minnesota Zoo.
Minnesota Zoo

photo by sharon mollerus – Flickr

Family Attraction

1st: Minnesota Zoo

2nd: Science Museum of Minnesota

3rd: International Wolf Center

Part of the State Fair

1st: People-watching

2nd: Food on a Stick

3rd: Animal barns

Sports Team

1st: Lynx

2nd: Twins

3rd: Wild

Road Trip Attraction

1st: Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox Statue

2nd: Giant Walleye Statue

3rd: World’s Largest Twine Ball