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BEST LATINO GROCERY

Cinco de Mayo Mercado

Not long ago we got dragged to that most tired of south Minneapolis institutions: the block-club potluck. There was potato salad. There were brownies. There was even a cheese and fruit board that must have cost a week's paycheck and an entire morning of indecision at Surdyk's. But you know what really flew out of its casserole? A chicken tinga—chicken braised in a sweet and savory red chili broth until it was falling apart, served with some soft, pliable corn tortillas made minutes before. Turns out the neighbor that would later proudly tote home his empty Dutch oven had made peace with the Latino grocery that, in 2006, in nearly every neighborhood in south Minneapolis, serves as the corner store. So much peace that he figured out which chilies promise a tinga that's zippy but not too blistering for a block party; so much peace that he doesn't see toasting, soaking, and grinding said chilies as any more trouble than making pasta salad. We like Marissa's southern outpost because of its homemade tortillas—they make pretty much anything taste like your abuelita slaved over it—but your corner Latino grocery might hold the makings of a killer feast, too.

BEST BAKERY Patrick's Bakery & Cafe

BEST BARBECUE Ted Cook's 19th Hole Bar-B-Que

BEST BEER SELECTION IN A BAR William's Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar

BEST BLOODY MARY Uptown Bar and Cafe

BEST BREAD

BEST BREAKFAST Hell's Kitchen

BEST BREAKFAST WITH A HANGOVER Keegan's Irish Pub

BEST BURGER Matt's Bar

BEST BURGER (GOURMET) Joe's Garage

BEST BURRITO Pineda Tacos

BEST CANDY STORE Candyland

BEST CHEAP EATS Cafe Latte

BEST CHEESE SELECTION Surdyk's

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT Evergreen

BEST CHOCOLATE Legacy Chocolates

BEST COCKTAILS Red Dragon Restaurant

BEST COFFEE (BY THE POUND) Peace Coffee

BEST COFFEEHOUSE Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar

BEST DELICATESSEN Cecils Delicatessen and Restaurant

BEST DIM SUM Mandarin Kitchen

BEST DINER Uptown Diner

BEST FARMERS' MARKET Minneapolis Farmers' Market

BEST FISH FRY St. Albert The Great Church

BEST FISH MARKET Coastal Seafoods

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT Vincent - A Restaurant

BEST FRESH PRODUCE

BEST FRIED CHICKEN Nardie's Cafe

BEST FRIES Barbette

BEST GOURMET GROCERY Kowalski's

BEST GREEK RESTAURANT Christos Greek Restaurant

BEST HAPPY HOUR Koyi Sushi

BEST HARD-CORE VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT Ecopolitan

BEST HOT DOGS Minneapolis Farmers' Market

BEST ICE CREAM PARLOR Crema Cafe

BEST INDIAN GROCERY Patel Groceries

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT Great India

BEST IRISH PUB The Local

BEST ITALIAN (NOT CHEAP) Ristorante Luci

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT (CHEAP) Broders' Pasta Bar

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT Sakura

BEST KOREAN RESTAURANT King's Fine Korean Cuisine

BEST LIQUOR STORE Blue Max

BEST LOCALLY CREATED COCKTAIL Cosmopolitan

BEST MARGARITA Boca Chica Restaurante

BEST MARTINI Moscow On the Hill Restaurant

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT Masa

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT Emily's Lebanese Deli

BEST NATURAL FOODS GROCERY Whole Foods Market

BEST NATURAL GROCER IN A NON-GRANOLA NEIGHBORHOOD Lakewinds Natural Foods

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR—MINNEAPOLIS Spring Street Tavern

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR—ST. PAUL The Muddy Pig

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD CAFÉ—MINNEAPOLIS Corner Table

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD CAFÉ—ST. PAUL Heartland

BEST NEW RESTAURANT 112 Eatery

BEST PIZZA Pizza Nea

BEST PLACE TO EAT OUT WITH KIDS Yum

BEST RESTAURANT FOR A FIRST DATE Duplex

BEST RESTAURANT FOR APPETIZERS Cafe and Bar Lurcat

BEST RESTAURANT FOR DESSERT La Belle Vie

BEST RESTAURANT FOR GLUTTONS New King's Buffet

BEST RESTAURANT FOR LATE-NIGHT DINING Azia - CLOSED

BEST RESTAURANT FOR OUTDOOR DINING Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

BEST RESTAURANT FOR ROMANCE Black Forest Inn

BEST RESTAURANT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Singapore

BEST RESTAURANT TREND

BEST RESTAURANT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS PAYING Five Restaurant & Street Lounge

BEST RESTAURANT— MINNEAPOLIS La Belle Vie

BEST RESTAURANT—ST. PAUL W.A. Frost & Company

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Stella's Fish Cafe

BEST SERVICE AT A RESTAURANT Napa Valley Grille

BEST SOUL FOOD Abundant Bistro & Cafe

BEST STAR CHEF EXPERIENCE IN A RESTAURANT Cafe Levain

BEST STATE FAIR FOOD Sunfolwer Ice Cream

BEST STEAK HOUSE Murray's Restaurant And Cocktail Lounge

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH Signature Cafe

BEST SUSHI Origami

BEST TAKEOUT Chiang Mai Thai

BEST THAI RESTAURANT Tum Rup Thai

BEST VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Sapor Cafe And Bar

BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Mai Village

BEST WINE BAR Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar

BEST WINE LIST La Belle Vie

BEST WINE STORE Hennepin-Lake Liquors