Best of the Twin Cities 2012: Eat + Drink

From pizza to pancakes, here’s our top food face-offs in old-school versus new school eats. Plus, the best food trend that’s here to stay and the best kids meals in town.

Best of the Twin Cities 2012:  Eat + Drink

They Like It—They Really Like It

Kids meals used to be a bland and beige roundup of chicken fingers, fries, and mac ’n’ cheese on a doodle placemat. But local restaurants have figured out that if they up the ante, maybe they can keep the gigglers asking to come back for more.


BEST HEALTHY KIDS MEAL:

1212-MillCity_200.jpgMill Valley Kitchen

It’s good for you AND fun. The chicken fingers are baked with whole-wheat breadcrumbs and come with steamed veggies and fruit; there’s not even a fryer in the kitchen. 3906 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-358-2000





BEST FUN KIDS MEAL:

1212-BluePlate_200.jpgBlue Plate Restaurant Company

It’s good for you AND fun. The chicken fingers are baked with whole-wheat breadcrumbs and come with steamed veggies and fruit; there’s not even a fryer in the kitchen. 3906 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-358-2000






BEST CREATIVE KIDS MEAL:

1212-Lynn_200-(2).jpgThe Lynn on Bryant

Using a muffin tin as a tray, your nibbler can select from all sorts of choices to fill it: ants on a log, fish sticks, chicken lollipops. Your price is your age. 5003 Bryant Ave., Mpls., 612-767-7797, thelynnonbryant.com



Best of the Twin Cities 2012:  Shop + Style

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These shops can make your fashion wishes come true.

Best of the Twin Cities 2012:  People

Best of the Twin Cities 2012: People

2012’s movers of note, Q&A with “Best News Anchor” Frank Vascellaro, and a shout out to hands on creatives.

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We paired old school standbys against new school favorites, from best men’s store to best hip hang out.

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The best places to indulge in the 70’s trends that are all the rage again.

Best of the Twin Cities 2012: Uptown Overhaul

Best of the Twin Cities 2012: Uptown Overhaul

The ever-hip old neighborhood feels shiny and new again thanks to a movie theater revamp, additional shops, and, as always, great places to hang out.

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