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Best of the Twin Cities: Old School/New School

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

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  • Old School
    BEST MEN'S STORE: Heimie's Haberdashery
  • New School
    BEST MEN'S STORE: martinpatrick3
  • Old School
    BEST ACTIVE FAMILY FUN: Roller Garden
  • New School
    BEST ACTIVE FAMILY FUN: Zero Gravity Trampoline Park
  • Old School
    BEST MN SOUP: Byerly's Chicken Wild Rice
  • New School
    BEST MN SOUP: Tanpopo Ramen
  • Old School
    BEST BLT: Peter's Grill
  • New School
    BEST BLT: Icehouse
  • Old School
    BEST BEER: Grain Belt
  • New School
    BEST BEER: Indeed
  • Old School


    BEST HIP HANGOUT: Nye's Polonaise Room
  • New School


    BEST HIP HANGOUT: Icehouse

Old School


BEST MENS STORE: Heimie's Haberdashery
The ultimate in classic menswear and tailored finery, Heimie’s hasn’t been around long enough to qualify as a historical landmark, but go inside and you’ll feel like you stepped back in time to an era when men always wore suits and tipped their hats. 400 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-224-2354, heimies.com

New School


BEST MEN’S STORE: martinpatrick3
Updating the modern man in the latest looks and coolest brands, the meticulously designed North Loop shop expanded its space and its fashion lines in a major way this year. Now there’s even more to love. 212 3rd Ave. N., Ste. 106, Mpls., 612-746-5329, martinpatrick3.com

Old School


BEST ACTIVE FAMILY FUN: Roller Garden
It’s just as fun to skate to “Thriller” today as it was in 1982, and a cushioned floor means only egos are bruised if—make that when—you fall. 5622 W. Lake St., St. Louis Park, 952-929-5518, rollergarden.com

New School


BEST ACTIVE FAMILY FUN: Zero Gravity Trampoline Park
Burn 1,000 calories while throwing balls at kids in a way that is socially acceptable, even encouraged. 2292 Woodale Dr., Mounds View, 763-231-3033, zerogravitymn.com

Old School


BEST MN SOUP: Byerly's Chicken Wild Rice
When people talk about wild rice being an iconic Minnesota food, they’re thinking about this creamy, comforting version of it. Multiple locations, lundsandbyerlys.com

New School


BEST MN SOUP: Tanpopo Ramen
The soup of the moment is none other than ramen with chewy-dense noodles, richly flavored broth, greens of consequence, and perhaps even an egg. 308 Prince St., Ste. 140, St. Paul, tanpoporestaurant.com

Old School


BEST BLT: Peter's Grill
When you have a simple and overpowering need for bread, meat, and veg, Peter’s BLT is there, elemental and expected, waiting for you. 114 S. 8th St., Mpls., 612-333-1981, petersgrill.com

New School


BEST BLT: Icehouse
You might think some things shouldn’t be messed with. Then you bite into the lush pork belly. 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-276-6523, icehousempls.com

Old School


BEST BEER: Grain Belt
Premium is a day up at the lake, out on the pontoon playing cribbage before your uncle bellows that he’s cleaned and fried all the sunfish.

New School


BEST BEER: Indeed
The bourgeoning taproom scene is thrilling and exciting for beer drinkers, but Indeed Brewing seems to grasp that it should be welcoming and homey, too.

Old School


BEST HIP HANGOUT: Nye's Polonaise Room
With sparkly gold booths, a piano bar, jaded waitresses, a polka lounge with a ridiculously tiny stage, light fixtures that look like something out of Land of the Lost, and a crowd that runs the gamut from Nordeast old-timers to college kids, Nye’s hasn’t changed since 1950. And we like it that way. 112 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-2021, nyespolonaise.com

New School


BEST HIP HANGOUT: Icehouse
Here’s how you know you’re in the right place: The walls are fragrant cedar, the drinks have clever names such as Wearing Makeup, Playing Guitar, the chicken wings are to-die-for, the servers are mustachioed, and if you hang out long enough you can see a band. Yep, you’re definitely in the right place. 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-276-6523, icehousempls.com
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