Best-Kept Secrets 2013

Secret culture nights, overlooked live music, designer at a discount, tacos in a minute, and a pizza night you'd never expect.

Mona Williams / Photo by Allison Kaplan
Mona Williams
  1. While others are gorging on Netflix, true film aficionados find their way to the Walker Cinema, where the screen is a window to the world and international genius is on display almost every week. Walker Art Center, 612-375-7600, walkerart.org
  2. Owned by the folks who make musical magic at the 331 Club, Amsterdam Bar and Hall taps an amazing variety of up-and-coming artists and bands, and it plays occasional host to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series—the epitome of experimental music making. 6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 612-285-3112, amsterdambarandhall.com
  3. We thought about keeping designer resale store Mona Williams to ourselves, but it’s impossible not to brag about scoring Jimmy Choo shoes and Jason Wu dresses for a fraction of their original prices. Owner Patric Richardson knows a timeless piece when he sees it. 18 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-331-4493, monawilliams.com
  4. Remember Speedy Gonzales racing through those Looney Tunes cartoons urging everyone to “¡Ándale! ¡Ándale!”? That’s how we feel about the cheap, fast, great tacos, burritos, and carnitas adobo at gas-station resto Andale Taqueria & Mercado7700 Nicollet Ave. S., Richfield, 612-259-8868, andaletaqueriaymercado.com
  5. When Sun Street Breads bakery-cafe in Kingfield stopped serving dinner, many were sad. But owner Solveig Tofte brought back some sunshine by launching Monday pizza nights that feel like neighborhood dinner parties. From 6 to 8 pm, pop in for a hand-tossed pie, plus beer and wine. 4600 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-3414, sunstreetbreads.com