Best Of Secrets of the City Awards

SOTC Award: Best Sunday Morning Tradition

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Some publications save up their awards for special once a year blowout packages—but not us! We’re giving out awards whenever we want to, in whatever categories we want to. 

When Kingfield’s Five Watt Coffee opened last May, we loved it immediately—but never wanted to go there. Don’t get us wrong. It deserves all the hype, but on principle alone, waiting in line 15 minutes for coffee? That’s just not something we do. Now that the crowds have become more manageable, it’s time to revisit their Sunday Service, which is basically church for people who worship coffee. From 10 to noon on Sundays, grab a $5 oatmeal and a (again, deservedly so) $5 coffee drink and enjoy the sounds of a live organ player while you hit the toppings bar to load your oatmeal up with, as Five Watt puts it, “a gazillion” toppings: fruit, nuts, sprinkles and what-have-you. It’s a blast, but get there early lest the line get too long or the sprinkles run out.


SOTC Award: Best Breakfast Sandwich To Cure Your Hangover

We’re big fans of all the delectable menu offerings at Sun Street Breads. But when we’re nursing a crushing hangover, there’s one item in particular for which we quest. The Southern Fried Biscuit sandwich is, quite simply, the Grand Poobah of alcohol sponges. Here’s the deal: a generous slab of juicy fried chicken is topped with a strip of savory bacon and slapped between two fluffy buttermilk biscuits. A side of creamy, dreamy country gravy—peppery and rife with meaty sausage morsels—can either be used for dipping or full-on slathering (we recommend the latter). But to truly reach Valhalla, it’s imperative that you go for the full coronary clog and add an over easy or sunny-side up egg to the equation (#yolo, brah). Wash that oozing pile of perfection down with some black coffee or hair of the dog and you’re back in business baby—or maybe just back to snoozing on the couch. 

Sun Street Breads, 4600 Nicollet Ave., MPLS, www.sunstreetbreads.com


SOTC Award: Best Place to GSD

Some publications save up their awards for special once a year blowout packages—but not us! We’re giving out awards whenever we want to, in whatever categories we want to. 

Here at SOTC, we are all about GSD (getting shit done). After all, the sooner you take care of business, the sooner you can partake in all the awesome Twincy happenings that we tell you to go go to every day. Our current fave GSD spot (or TCB, if you’re a BTO fan) is Canteen on 32nd and Bryant. It’s spacious, sunny and just has good vibes—oh, and a toast bar on the weekends to make you even more productive. Amazing. Definitely go, but pipe down because we’re trying to work.

Canteen, 3255 Bryant Ave. S., MPLS, facebook.com/canteengirlmpls


SotC Award: Best Place to Lebowski

We lost count of the things we love about Elsie’s a long time ago. This Northeast bowling alley/brunch spot/bar/karaoke lounge/event space is truly a place for everyone, whether you’re looking to take the kids out for pancakes, day drink with old-timers, take your mom to lunch, watch a Wild game, or host your your wedding reception. The bowling at Elsie’s is super fun and chill, and with such close access to White Russians, we can’t think of a better place to take a mental health day, don a comfy cardigan, and totally just Lebowski an afternoon away.


Secrets of the City Awards: Best BLT

Some publications save up their awards for special once a year blowout packages—but not us! We’re giving out awards whenever we want to, in whatever categories we want to. 

You might think vegan breakfast when you think of Modern Times, but it’s not all kale and quinoa—these mofos make the best BLT we’ve ever had. It’s a super simple, but amazing sandwich with Pastures a Plenty bacon, sourdough and basil mayo. (There’s even a vegan version with tempeh if you’re so inclined.) Head over for lunch on a weekday, when it’s not so busy, and order up a BLT, stat. Tell ‘em we sent you.

Modern Times, 3200 Chicago Ave S, MPLS, moderntimesmpls.com