Best Of Minnesota
Steamy summer days draw us in hordes to frozen yogurt shops to cool off with a swirl of sweet relief. But there can only be one serving up the Best of Minnesota, and it’s Sweet Toppings in Andover.
It is your typical Minnesota campground: shared stories, laughter around the campfire — even the “neighsayers.” Yes, this is a place for people and their horses. Zumbro Bottoms it is your pick for Best Horse Trail in Minnesota.
There are hundreds of golf courses with thousands of golf holes. We went looking for the best hole in Minnesota.
Back in the day, every town had to have a meat market. They were a necessity, says Ryan Schmidt, owner of Schmidt’s Meat Market in Nicollet. “Meat markets, butcher shops in small towns used to service a 10-mile area of the famers that surrounded that,” Schmidt said. “They didn’t have a cold storage, so they would rent lockers from butcher shops and meat markets.”
Your votes sent Natalie Nyhus to an urban oasis: Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.
Charlie Johnson is the owner and BBQ master at Q Fanatic in Champlin. And he wants everyone to get one thing straight: BBQing and grilling is not the same thing. “BBQ is slow smoking or slow cooking with low heat,” Johnson said. “Grilling is direct, high heat.”
There are movies made about stories like that of Russ and Ann Mann’s. “I really wanted to build something that nobody else had,” Russ said. There are two little league baseball fields, nestled in Isanti County, built from the sheer drive of two salt-of-the-earth people.
Midwesterners love their tater tots. The diminutive tot has been a starchy staple for decades, often sitting on the side. Enter Dan Docken. “I am the Tot Boss,” Docken said.
For a state crisscrossed with hundreds of miles of trails of all kinds, keeping your bicycle in tip-top shape is just a Minnesotan thing to do.
Patio season is upon us, and there’s nothing like grabbing a drink and a bite with friends and family after work. WCCO’s Natalie Nyhus reached out to our viewers to find the best happy hour in Minnesota. Your votes sent her to a Minneapolis institution: Brit’s Pub.
The avocado is really having a moment. A Google search yields hundreds of recipes from soups to even ice cream. But the original avocado recipe is guacamole, especially at St. Paul’s Boca Chica — which WCCO viewers picked as the Best of Minnesota.
Miesville, Minnesota is a town you could easily drive right through. Halfway between Hastings and Red Wing on Highway 61, this town of about 130 residents is home to the best burger in Minnesota — or maybe I should say burgers!
There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book, especially during a cold snap in the middle of spring. But where’s the best place to find a good read? You voted, and sent WCCO to St. Cloud to discover Books Revisited.
Easter Sunday is just a few days away, and many families will celebrate with a classic Easter brunch. It’s a holiday tradition for Minnesotans, and WCCO wanted to know who is serving up the best. Your votes sent us to Jax Cafe, a northeast Minneapolis mainstay that’s spanned more than 80 years and three generations of the Kozlak family.
A good shoe shine not only makes your shoes look great, but it also makes you feel great. There are a lot of opinions when it comes to the right way to shine a shoe, so we went in search of the best of Minnesota.
Every year on March 17, everyone’s a little Irish — even if it’s painfully obvious we’re not. According to your votes, Stillwater’s Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter German restaurant serves the best corned beef and cabbage in Minnesota, a typically Irish dish.
In the tiny agricultural town of Pierz, they rely on their butcher shops. Many have come and gone, but one stands the test of time. Thielen Meats, voted Best of Minnesota, has been in the family for four generations.
Want to learn how to cook but not sure how to get started? Whether you want to eat a little healthier or make a meal for a significant other, there are many reasons why it’s a good thing to know how to cook.
This time of year, we’ll do anything to stay warm. But there’s a place you can go for a taste of the tropics. You voted Water Park of America the best of Minnesota.
George Widman of Widman Candy Shop has been the confection king in Crookston for nearly 40 years. With every Best of Minnesota story, we like the winners to acknowledge being voted “the best” on camera. But being typical Minnesotans, boasting proved to be difficult.
Cossetta Alimentari is a downtown St. Paul institution. It’s three sprawling floors of Italian breads, cheeses, pastries, pizza and — of course — pasta! But if you want to know the story of Cossetta, the writing is on the wall.
What started thousands of years ago as a mode of transportation has evolved into something that lets us enjoy the outdoors, even in winter. Snowshoeing makes hiking through the snow simple. So we went looking for the best place to do it in Minnesota, and ended up in Collegeville for a visit at St. John’s Abbey Arboretum.
Winter is long, cold and dark in Minnesota, especially for golfers. Instead of daydreaming about warm weather and your favorite course, you can still play the game inside. That’s why we went in search of the best indoor golf in Minnesota.
Yoga class is a place to feel calm, cool. But at CorePower Yoga in Highland Park, the place you voted Best of Minnesota, it’s hot. “CorePower is different because we create an environment in which the yoga is fun,” Regional Manager Amanda Ford said.
The new year means new beginnings and a fresh start. To keep with the theme of freshness, we went in search of some fresh juice and wanted to know where to find the best juice bar Minnesota. Your votes sent us to Rochester and Tonic Fresh Juices & Local Food.