2018 Best of Southern Minnesota Winners List

November 15, 2018

Another year, another enormous voting turnout for the Southern Minn Scene Magazine Best of Southern Minnesota competition.

We continue to be amazed and grateful for the amount of interest shown by you, the readers, in our little (not so little, though) annual competition. But not just your interest – it’s also your participation.

In all honesty, it’s easier to do nothing. You don’t have to nominate businesses. You don’t have to vote for winners. You don’t have to share your businesses and ask your customers for support. And if you’re the customers, you don’t have to show that support.

But you do. And because of that, our writers and team members get to reach out to these Southern Minnesota artists, musicians, chefs, business owners and more to give them some good news. And that’s something special in an age when the good news seems sparse.

So here’s your list for 2018. Throughout theater, restaurants, bars, miscellaneous, arts,  retail services, music, and even sports categories, we’ve got old winners and new. It’s your favorite places to see a show, to eat a cupcake, to get your car fixed. It’s the best actors, bands and radio stations. It’s anything and everything Southern Minnesota Scene.

You can see the individual winners with full blurbs on each one at www.southernminnscene.com/category/best-of, but here we have the whole list.

And the 101 winners are …

MUSIC

Just Mirlyn of Eagle Lake

BEST BAND

www.justmirlyn.com 

Honorable Mention: The 8th Street Band of Northfield

 

Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing

BEST LARGE MUSIC VENUE

Grab tickets to this season’s upcoming shows at 443 West Third St., Red Wing.

www.sheldontheatre.org

For Best Small Music Venue, see the Bars category.

Honorable Mention: Vetter Stone Amphitheater

 

Smokin in Steele in Owatonna

BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

Smokin’ in Steele will take place at the Steele County Fairgrounds, 1525 S Cedar Ave., Owatonna on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 2019.

www.smokininsteele.com

Honorable Mention: Mankato Ribfest

 

KOWZ & KRUE in Owatonna

BEST RADIO STATION

Listen to KOWZ 100.9 FM or KRUE 92.1.

www.kowzfm.com and www.krue92.com.

Honorable Mention: KYMN 95.1 The One in Northfield

 

Brad Kubat at KOWZ & KRUE in Owatonna

BEST RADIO PERSONALITY

Listen to Kubat co-host the morning show on KRUE County 92.1 everyday 6 to 9 a.m. You can also hear him on the radio Saturday afternoons and MCing at many community events and fundraisers.

Honorable Mention: Jessica Paxton at KYMN 95.1 The One in Northfield

 

Sam Ryden of Northfield

BEST SOLO ACT

Honorable Mention: Pete Klug

 

ARTS

Paradise Center for the Arts Recycled Arts Sale in Faribault

BEST ART EVENT

For more information, visit them at 321 Central Ave., Faribault.

www.paradisecenterforthearts.org

Honorable Mention: Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm Mini Music and Art Fest in Waseca

 

Adam Grim of Savage

BEST ARTIST

www.adamstravelphotography.com.

Honorable Mention: Julie Fakler of Faribault

 

Northfield Arts Guild

BEST ARTS ORGANIZATION

northfieldartsguild.org

Honorable Mention: Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota

 

Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota

BEST GALLERY

Start your holiday season with a fun-filled festival at their Holiday Art Fair on Nov. 16 at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.

http://www.crossingsatcarnegie.com/

Honorable Mention: Northfield Arts Guild

 

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato

BEST MUSEUM/HISTORY CENTER

Unleash your little explorer at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota at 224 Lamm St., Mankato.

www.cmsouthernmn.org

Honorable Mention: Northfield Historical Society

 

Images 4 Life Photography of Owatonna

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Check out her studio, 103 W. Rose St., Owatonna,

www.images4lifephotography.com

Honorable Mention: Adam Grim of Savage

 

THEATER

William Mcintyre of Merlin Players in Faribault and Little Theatre of Owatonna

BEST ACTOR

Honorable Mention: Zach Opseth

 

Alison Haider of Northfield Arts Guild

BEST ACTRESS

Honorable Mention: Courtney Kryzer of Little Theatre of Owatonna

 

Rachel Haider of Northfield Arts Guild

BEST DIRECTOR

Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Jackson of Little Theatre of Owatonna

 

Les Miserables by Northfield Arts Guild

BEST PRODUCTION

Young thespians interested in performing or theatre geeks who want to catch a show can visit the Northfield Arts Guild at 304 S. Division St., Northfield.

www.northfieldartsguild.com

Honorable Mention: SHREK by Little Theatre of Owatonna

 

Little Theatre of Owatonna

BEST THEATER, BEST THEATER TROUPE

See what shows are in store this season by visiting LTO, 560 Dunnell Dr., Owatonna.

www.littletheatreofowatonna.org

Honorable Mention: Northfield Arts Guild

 

BARS

The Doublewide in New Market

BEST BAR

Grab all your friends and experience it for yourself at 421 Saint Joseph St., New Market!

www.the-doublewide.com

Honorable Mention: Froggy Bottoms in Northfield

 

Laurie Hoheislel at Froggy Bottoms in Northfield

BEST BARTENDER/SERVER

Visit Hoheisel at Froggy Bottoms River Pub and Lily Padio at 307 S. Water St., Northfield.

www.froggybottoms.com

Honorable Mention: Laura Resler

 

Lost Sanity Brewing in Madelia

BEST BREWERY

Taste for yourself and support local at Lost Sanity Brewing on 12 West Main St., Madelia.

https://www.lostsanitybrewing.com/

Honorable Mention: Imminent Brewing

 

Imminent Brewing in Northfield

BEST LOCAL BEER OR CIDER, BEST SMALL MUSIC VENUE

Share a drink with Imminent Brewing at 519 S. Division St. #2, Northfield.

www.imminentbrewing.com

Honorable Mention Best Local Beer or Cider: August Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm

Honorable Mention Best Small Music Venue: Tavern Lounge in Northfield

 

Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio in Northfield

BEST PATIO

Check out the views from Froggy Bottoms’ lily padio at 307 S. Water St., Northfield.

www.froggybottoms.com

Honorable Mention: Club 57 in Waseca

 

RESTAURANTS

Tokyo Grill in Northfield

BEST ASIAN OR MIDDLE-EASTERN FOOD

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture without Minnesota, and visit Tokyo Grill at 1301 Bollenbacher Drive, Northfield.

www.tokyogrillmn.com

Honorable Mention: Mizuki Fusion in Owatonna

 

Tandem Bagels in Northfield

BEST BAGEL SHOP

Snag a fresh bagel and check out local art at Tandem Bagels at 317 S. Division St., Northfield.

www.tandembagels.com

Honorable Mention: Old Town Bagels in Owatonna

 

Crack of Dawn Bakehouse and Market in Faribault

BEST BAKERY

You can find them at 209 Central Ave. N., Faribault.

www.crackofdawnbakehouse.com.

Honorable Mention: Cakewalk

 

Piggy Blue’s Bar-B-Que in Austin

BEST BBQ

Bring the family and head on down to 323 N. Main St., Austin.

www.piggybluebbq.com

Honorable Mention: Smoqehouse in Northfield

 

The Tavern of Northfield Restarant & Lounge

BEST BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

Start your day with The Tavern at 212 Division St., Northfield.

www.tavernofnorthfield.com

Honorable Mention: Jonnie Beans

 

King’s Place in Miesville

BEST BURGER

Check it all out at 14460 240th St E, Hastings.

www.kingsplacebar.com

Honorable Mention: Boonie’s Bar & Grill in Faribault

 

Starfire Event Center in Waseca

BEST CATERING

The Starfire Event Center is located at 206 2nd St. SW in Waseca.

www.millerarmstrong.com/weddings-Waseca-mn.html

Honorable Mention: El Tequila Mexican Restaurant in Owatonna

 

Angie Anderson at JB’s Tavern in Wanamingo

BEST CHEF

Find Chef Angie Anderson at JB’s Tavern, 112 Main Street in Wanamingo.

JB’s Tavern on Facebook

Honorable Mention: Daniel Hernandez at La Plaza Fiesta in Madelia

 

Jonnie Beans in Waseca

BEST COFFEE SHOP

Jonnie Beans is located at 204 2nd St. SW in Waseca.

www.millerarmstrong.com/jonnie-beans-waseca-mn

Honorable Mention: Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse in Northfield

 

Cakewalk in Northfield

BEST CUPCAKE/CAKE

If you’re now craving a sweet treat, visit CakeWalk at 303 S. Division St., Northfield.

www.cakewalknorthfield.com

Honorable Mention: Bluebird Cakery in Faribault

 

Perfect Day Cakes & Bakery in Owatonna

BEST DESSERT MENU

Stop drooling and cater to your sweet tooth at 324 N. Cedar Ave., Owatonna.

www.perfectdaycakes.com.

Honorable Mention: Cakewalk in Northfield

 

Hubbell House in Mantorville

BEST FINE DINING

Check out Hubbell at 502 N Main St, Mantorville.

www.hubbellhouserestaurant.com

Honorable Mention: Ole Store Restaurant in Northfield

 

Uncle B’s Last Chance BBQ in Faribault

BEST FOOD TRUCK

www.facebook.com/UncleBsLastChanceBBQ

Honorable Mention: Maria’s Taco Hut in Northfield

 

Blast Soft Serve in Owatonna

BEST ICE CREAM

Blast Soft Serve is located at 206 West Rose Street in Owatonna.

Honorable Mention: Hogan Brothers in Northfield

 

George’s Vineyard in Northfield

BEST ITALIAN FOOD

Discover the family traditions of George’s Vineyard at 1160 Hwy. 3, Northfield, MN

www.facebook.com/Georges-Vineyard

Honorable Mention: Basil’s Pizza Palace in Northfield

 

Smoqehouse in Northfield

BEST LUNCH

Get your BBQ fix by visiting Smoqehouse at 212 S. Division St., Northfield.

www.smoqehouse.com

Honorable Mention: Quarterback Club in Northfield

 

El Tequila Mexican Restaurant in Owatonna

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

Find El Tequila at 1830 S. Cedar Ave. in Owatonna, or check out the site for other locations.

www.eltequilarestaurant.com.

Honorable Mention: La Plaza Fiesta

 

Basil’s Pizza Palace in Northfield

BEST PIZZA

Basil’s Pizza is located at 301 Water Street South in Northfield.

www.basilspizza.net

Honorable Mention: Pagliai’s Pizza in Mankato and Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm in Waseca

 

PORTERHOUSE Steak & Seafood Restaurant in Lakeville

BEST PLACE FOR A STEAK

See for yourself at 9828, 11211 205th St W, Lakeville.

www.porterhousesteakandseafood.com

Honorable Mention: Hubbell House in Mantorville

 

Hogan Brothers in Northfield

BEST SUB/SANDWICH

Hogan Brothers is located at 415 Division Street in Northfield.

www.hoganbros.com

Honorable Mention: Smoqehouse in Northfield

 

Ranchero Supper Club in Webster

BEST SUPPER CLUB

Take a seat at the supper club at 4452 40th St W, Webster.

www.rancherosupperclub.com

Honorable Mention: Widerholt’s Supper Club in Miesville

 

Tanzenwald Brewing Company in Northfield

BEST VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY

Tanzenwald is located at 103 Hwy 3 North, Northfield.

www.tanzenwald.com

Honorable Mention: Chapati in Northfield

 

Bullheads Bar and Grill in Waterville

BEST WINGS

Try the wings for yourself at 256 E Main St, Waterville.

www.bullheadsbarandgrill.com

Honorable Mention: Starfire Restaurant in Waseca

 

RETAIL SERVICES

SIFT Thrift Shop in Kenyon

BEST ANTIQUE STORE, BEST SECOND HAND STORE

www.sift4you.com

Honorable Mention: Urban Finds & Bistro in Medford

 

Content Bookstore in Northfield

BEST BOOK STORE

Content Bookstore is located at 314 Division Street in Northfield.

www.contentbookstore.com

Honorable Mention: Little Professor Book Center in Owatonna

 

Zinnias in Waseca

BEST BOUTIQUE

Zinnias Boutique is located at 107 11th Ave. NW in Waseca.

Zinnias Boutique on Facebook and Instagram

Honorable Mention: Whimsy’s Closet in Red Wing

 

Chiropractic Care of Owatonna

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Chiropractic Care of Owatonna is located at 605 Hillcrest Ave., Owatonna.

www.owatonnachiropractor.com

Honorable Mention: Complete Chiropractic Inc in Dundas

 

Northfield Clinic

BEST CLINIC

Northfield Clinic is located at 2000 North Avenue, Northfield.

www.northfieldhospital.org/northfield-clinic

Honorable Mention: Allina Health Faribault Clinic

 

Minnesota Orthodontics in Northfield

BEST DENTIST/ORTHODONTIST

Minnesota Orthodontics’ Northfield office is located at 2019 Jefferson Road, Suite C.

www.minnesotaorthodontics.com

Honorable Mention: Prairie Ridge Orthodontics in Owatonna

 

The Grand Events Center in Northfield

BEST EVENTS CENTER

The Grand Event Center is located at 316 Washington Street, Northfield.

www.thegrandnorthfield.com

Honorable Mention: Starfire Event Center in Waseca

 

Owatonna Fitness

BEST FITNESS CENTER

Get a work out at Owatonna Fitness, 130 E. Vine St., Owatonna.

www.owatonnafitness.com

Honorable Mention: Northfield YMCA

 

Mary’s Rustic Rose in Kenyon

BEST FLORIST

Mary’s Rustic Rose on Facebook.

Honorable Mention: Forget-Me-Not Florist in Northfield

 

The Dork Den in Mankato

BEST GAMING STORE

Find your favorite games or a new passion at The Dork Den, 603 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato.

www.thedorkden.com

Honorable Mention: Lucky Dice in Owatonna

 

Finally A Gift Store in Faribault

BEST GIFT SHOP

Learn more by stopping in at 18 2nd St. NE, Faribault.

www.facebook.com/FinallyAGiftStore

Honorable Mention: The Sketchy Artist in Northfield

 

Donahue’s Greenhouses Inc. in Faribault

BEST GREENHOUSE/GARDEN CENTER

Check them out at 420 SW 10th St., Faribault, in the spring.

www.donahuesgreenhouse.com

Honorable Mention: Eco Gardens in Northfield

 

Just Food Co-op in Northfield

BEST GROCERY STORE

You can find all of your local and organic produce at 516 Water St S # 101 in Northfield.

justfood.coop

Honorable Mention: ALDI in Owatonna

 

Pure Elements Salon in Owatonna

BEST HAIR SALON/BARBER SHOP

Pure Elements Salon is located at 245 18th Street SE Suite 105 in Owatonna.

www.pure-elementssalon.com

Honorable Mention: Sisters Salon and Day Spa in Owatonna

 

Faribault Ace Hardware

BEST HARDWARE STORE

Find your wide variety of hardware services at 421 2nd Ave. SW in Faribault.

www.faribaultace.com

Honorable Mention: Kenyon Ace Hardware

 

Zach Spinler Construction in Owatonna

BEST HOME BUILDER/REMODELER

If you have a need for an addition or completely new home you can find Zach Spinler Construction on Facebook or by calling 507-213-4443.

Honorable Mention: L&M Construction Company in Kenyon

 

The Design Element in Mankato

BEST HOME DÉCOR AND DESIGN

The Design Element is located at 1711 Premier Drive in Mankato.

www.thedesignelement.net

Honorable Mention: Ashley HomeStore in Medford

 

Kottke Jewelers & Gifts in Owatonna

BEST JEWELRY STORE

Kottke Jewelers is located at 115 N Cedar Avenue in Downtown Owatonna.

www.kottkeejewelers.com

Honorable Mention: Chappuis Jewelry in Faribault

 

Muddy Paws Resort in Faribault

BEST KENNEL/PET HOTEL/DOGGIE DAYCARE

You can find all of your doggy daycare fun with Muddy Paws Resort at 20225 Canby Ave. in Faribault.

Honorable Mention: Critter Comforts in Owatonna

 

Firehouse Liquor in Dundas

BEST LIQUOR STORE

You can find the best liquor around at 607 North Stafford Road in Dundas.

www.firehouseliquor.com

Honorable Mention: Cash Wise Liquor in New Ulm

 

La Nails in Northfield

BEST MANICURE

Find all of your manicure and pedicure needs at 1500 Clinton Lane E in Northfield.

Honorable Mention: Sisters Salon and Days Spa in Owatonna

 

Sisters Salon and Day Spa in Owatonna

BEST MASSAGE/ACUPUNCTURE

Sisters Salon and Day Spa is located at 1293 21st Ave NW in Owatonna.

www.sistersalon.net

Honorable Mention: Harvest Seed Acupuncture

 

Nerstrand Meats & Catering

BEST MEAT MARKET

Visit Nerstrands Meats at 231 Main St, Nerstrand.

www.nerstrandmeatsandcatering.com

Honorable Mention: Steve’s Meat Market in Ellendale

 

Tune Town in Mankato

BEST MUSIC STORE

Tune Town is located at 630 N Riverfront Drive, Mankato.

Tune Town on Facebook

Honorable Mention: Waseca Music Co.

 

Trumps Orchard in Faribault

BEST ORCHARD OR BERRY FARM

Head out for some fall fun this season at 1020 St. Paul Ave. in Faribault.

www.trumpsorchard.com

Honorable Mention: Fireside Orchard & Gardens

 

Harry Brown’s Family Automotive in Faribault

BEST PLACE TO BUY A CAR

You can find all of your car service needs at 1747 Grant St. in Faribault.

www.harrybrowns.com

Honorable Mention: Cartime of Owatonna

 

Ron’s Repair in Owatonna

BEST PLACE TO SERVICE A CAR

Ron’s Repair Shop is located at 505 W North St. in Owatonna.

www.autorepairowatonna.com.

Honorable Mention: Mark’s Repair Inc. in Owatonna

 

Tri M Graphics in Owatonna

BEST PRINT SHOP/GRAPHICS

Tri M Graphics is located at 625 E Main Street in Owatonna.

www.trimgraphics.com

Honorable Mention: Larson’s Printing in Northfield

 

Tim Freeland in Northfield

BEST REALTOR

Buyers and sellers can find his office at 708 Eastridge Dr. in Northfield.

Honorable Mention:  Darvin & Ann Laue in Kenyon

 

Craft My Party in Waseca

BEST SPECIALTY STORE

Craft My Party is located at 208 State Street North in Waseca.

www.craftmyparty.net

Honorable Mention: Ruf Acres Market in Faribault

 

Rare Pair Inc. in Northfield

BEST STORE FRONT

Find you next look at 401 Division Street South #G in Northfield.

https://www.rarepair.com

Honorable Mention: Corporate Recognition in Owatonna

 

Haute Skin Spa & Tanning in Owatonna

BEST TANNING SALON

Haute Tanning has locations in both Downtown Owatonna and Faribault.

www.experiencehaute.com

Honorable Mention: Ultimate Tan in Faribault

 

Kinship Collective Tattoo in Northfield

BEST TATTOO PARLOR

Kinship Collective is located at 515 Division Street S. Find them online at

www.facebook.com/kinshipcollective.

Honorable Mention: Three Dragon’s Lair LLC in Owatonna

 

Aldrich Technology Consulting, LLC in Northfield

BEST TECHNOLOGY REPAIR

You can find Aldrich Technology Consulting, LLC at 427 Division St. S.

aldrichtechmn.com.

Honorable Mention: Abraham Consulting Technologies in Owatonna

 

Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic in Northfield

BEST VET

Visit them at 1200 South Highway 3, Northfield.

cannonvalleyvet.com

Honorable Mention: Kenyon Veterinary Clinic

 

Sollid Yoga in Owatonna

BEST YOGA STUDIO

Sollid Yoga is located at 685 W Bridge St. in Owatonna.

www.sollidyoga.com

Honorable Mention: Heartwork Yoga Studio in Northfield

 

SPORTS/OUTDOORS

Hiller’s Last Call Liquor and Bait in Morristown

BEST BAIT AND TACKLE STORE

Reel in Hiller’s Last Call Liquor and Bait at 8890 Morristown, Blvd, Morristown.

www.facebook.com/Hiller’s-last-call

Honorable Mention: John’s Bait and Tackle in Faribault

 

Sechler Park in Northfield

BEST BALLPARK

Sechler Athletic Complex is located at 1200 Armstrong Road.

www.ci.northfield.mn.us

Honorable Mention: Tink Larson Field in Waseca

 

Cannon Valley Trail

BEST BIKE TRAIL

www.cannonvalleytrail.com

Honorable Mention: Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

 

Spare Time Entertainment in Owatonna

BEST BOWLING ALLEY

Spare Time Entertainment is located at 333 18th St SE in Owatonna.

www.spare-time-fun.com

Honorable Mention: Jesse James Lanes in Northfield

 

Kiesler’s Campground & RV Resort in Waseca

BEST CAMPGROUND

Kiesler’s Campground and RV Resort is located at 14360 Old Highway 14 in Waseca.

www.kieslers.com

Honorable Mention: Kamp Dels in Waterville

 

Faribault Golf & Country Club

BEST GOLF COURSE

Hit a couple rounds of golf at the Faribault Golf & Country Club at 1700 NW 17th St.

www.faribaultgolf.com

Honorable Mention: Northfield Golf Club

 

Clear Lake Park in Waseca

BEST KAYAK/CANOE Rental

Clear Lake Park is located at 1000 8th Ave NE in Waseca.

www.ci.waseca.mn.us

Honorable Mention: The Gear ReSource Outfitters in Dundas

 

Faribault Family Aquatic Center

BEST PLACE TO SWIM

The Faribault Family Aquatic Center is located at 1830 Alexander Dr. in Faribault.

Honorable Mention: River Springs Water Park in Owatonna

 

Welch Village

BEST SKI SLOPE

Try out the slopes at 26685 County 7 Blvd, Welch.

www.welchvillage.com

Honorable Mention: Mount Kato

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Historic Hutchinson House B&B in Faribault

BEST BED & BREAKFAST

The Historic Hutchinson Bed and Breakfast is located at 305 2nd St NW, Faribault.

historichutchhouse.com

Honorable Mention: Miller’s Bed and Breakfast in Waseca

 

Defeat of Jesse James Days in Northfield

BEST COMMUNITY EVENT

The Defeat of Jesse James Days is held annually in Northfield the weekend after Labor Day.

www.djjd.org

Honorable Mention: Steele County Fair

 

Northfield

BEST DOWNTOWN

Honorable Mention: Red Wing

 

Riverwalk Market Fair in Northfield

BEST FARMERS MARKET

www.riverwalkmarketfair.org

Honorable Mention: Owatonna Farmer’s Market

 

St. James Hotel in Red Wing

BEST HOTEL

Stay a night at 406 Main St, Red Wing.

www.st-james-hotel.com

Honorable Mention: GrandStay Residential Hotel in Faribault

 

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza & Concert Series

BEST KEPT SECRET

Hit up the series during the summer at 5054, 23148 County Rd 24, West Concord.

sites.google.com/view/berne-wood-fired-pizza/home

Honorable Mention: LearningRX in Owatonna

 

Cannon Valley Cinema 10 in Dundas

BEST MOVIE THEATER

Go see a movie at 420 Schilling Drive North, Dundas.

www.cannonvalleycinema10.com

Honorable Mention: Northwoods Cinema 10 in Owatonna

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