Vote for the 2018 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting for The Growler’s Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards is now closed. Below are the nominees for this year’s awards. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in the December issue.

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 Nominees List

Food

Fine Dining

  • Manny’s Steakhouse
  • Martina
  • Restaurant Alma
  • Spoon and Stable
  • Travail Kitchen and Amusements

Restaurant (Single Location)

  • Bar La Grassa
  • Brunson’s Pub
  • Chimborazo
  • Hai Hai
  • Red Rabbit
  • Young Joni

Restaurant (Local Chain or Group)

  • Blue Door Pub
  • Blue Plate Restaurant Company
  • Brasa
  • Red Cow
  • Revival

Brewery Kitchen

  • Lakeville Brewing
  • Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
  • Surly Pizza Upstairs
  • The Tipsy Steer (at Invictus Brewing)
  • Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

New Restaurant

  • Centro
  • Hai Hai
  • Hyacinth
  • Martina
  • Pearl & the Thief

Chef of the Year

  • Ann Kim
  • Gavin Kaysen
  • Jamie Malone
  • JD Fratzke
  • Todd Macdonald

Outdoor Dining

  • Hai Hai
  • Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge
  • Red Rabbit
  • Sea Salt Eatery
  • Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room
  • W.A. Frost

Food Truck or Cart

  • Anchor Fish & Chips
  • Butcher Salt
  • Curious Goat
  • Flagsmash
  • Hibachi Daruma

Service

  • Manny’s Steakhouse
  • Mucci’s
  • Red Cow
  • Restaurant Alma
  • Saint Dinette
  • Spoon and Stable

Burgers

  • Blue Door Pub
  • Matt’s Bar
  • Parlour
  • Patrick’s on 3rd
  • Red Cow

Pizza

  • Black Sheep Coal-Fired Pizza
  • Pizza Lucé
  • Pizzeria Lola
  • Red Rabbit
  • Young Joni

Barbecue

  • Bark and the Bite
  • OMC Smokehouse
  • Q Fanatic
  • Revival
  • Ted Cook’s 19th Hole BBQ

Vegan Restaurant

  • French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
  • Fig + Farro
  • Herbivorous Butcher
  • J. Selby’s
  • Reverie Cafe + Bar

Wings

  • Blue Door Pub
  • D-Spot
  • Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
  • Red Cow
  • Runyon’s

Ice Cream Shop

  • Izzy’s Ice Cream
  • Grand Ole Creamery
  • Milkjam Creamery
  • Nelson’s Ice Cream
  • Sebastian Joe’s

Breakfast

  • Al’s Breakfast
  • Colossal Cafe
  • Fat Nat’s Eggs
  • Ideal Diner
  • Oasis Cafe

Brunch

  • Colossal Cafe
  • Cook St. Paul
  • Hai Hai
  • Italian Eatery
  • Red Cow

Sandwich Shop

  • Cecil’s Deli
  • France 44 Cheese Shop
  • Lu’s Sandwiches
  • Nelson Cheese and Deli
  • Northern Waters Smokehaus

Mexican Restaurant

  • Burrito Mercado
  • El Loro
  • Maya Cuisine
  • Pajarito
  • Taco Riendo

Vietnamese Restaurant

  • Hai Hai
  • Ngon Bistro
  • Pho 79
  • Quang
  • Que Viet Village House
  • Trieu Chau

African Restaurant

  • Afro Deli
  • Dilla’s
  • Fasika
  • Moroccan Flavors
  • Safari Express

Japanese Restaurant

  • Kado no Mise
  • Kyatchi
  • Masu
  • PinKU
  • Sakura
  • Zen Box Izakaya

Thai Restaurant

  • Karta Thai
  • On’s Thai
  • Sawatdee
  • Sen Yai Sen Lek
  • Supatra’s Thai Cuisine

Indian or Nepalese Restaurant

  • Darbar
  • Everest on Grand
  • Gandhi Mahal
  • Gorkha Palace
  • India Palace

Middle Eastern or Mediterranean Restaurant

  • Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill & Lounge
  • Emily’s Lebanese Deli
  • Holy Land
  • Naughty Greek
  • Shish

Italian Restaurant

  • Bar La Grassa
  • Cossetta
  • Italian Eatery
  • Mucci’s
  • Red Rabbit

Latin American Restaurant

  • Brasa
  • Cafe Ena
  • Chimborazo
  • Hola Arepa
  • Victor’s 1959 Cafe

French Restaurant

  • Barbette
  • Bellecour
  • Grand Cafe
  • Meritage
  • St. Genevieve

Chinese Restaurant

  • Little Szechuan
  • Mei Inn
  • Rainbow Chinese
  • Shuang Cheng
  • Tea House

Butcher Shop

  • Everett’s Foods & Meats
  • Hackenmueller’s Meats
  • Lowry Hill Meats
  • Schmidt’s Meat Market
  • Von Hanson’s Meats

Cheese Shop

  • France 44 Cheese Shop
  • Nelson Cheese & Deli
  • St. Paul Cheese Shop
  • Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop
  • The Cheese Cave

Bread Bakery

  • Aki’s Bread Haus
  • Brake Bread
  • Rustica Bakery
  • Sun Street Breads
  • Wuollet Bakery

Patisserie

  • Bellecour
  • Cossetta Pasticceria
  • Patisserie 46
  • Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe
  • Rose Street Patisserie
  • Salty Tart

Donut Shop

  • A Baker’s Wife
  • Bogart’s Doughnut Co.
  • Cardigan Donuts
  • Glam Doll Donuts
  • Mojo Monkey Donuts

Coffee Shop

  • Dunn Brothers Coffee
  • Five Watt Coffee
  • Quixotic Coffee
  • Spyhouse Coffee Roasters
  • Wesley Andrews

Local Coffee Roaster

  • Bootstrap Coffee Roasters
  • Dogwood Coffee Co.
  • Duluth Coffee Co.
  • Folly Coffee
  • Peace Coffee

Grocer or Co-op

  • Eastside Food Co-op
  • Lakewinds Food Co-op
  • Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op
  • Seward Community Co-op
  • The Wedge Community Co-op

Farmers’ Market

  • Midtown Farmers’ Market
  • Mill City Farmers’ Market
  • Minneapolis Farmers’ Market
  • Northeast Minneapolis Farmers’ Market
  • St. Paul Farmers’ Market

Culture

Comedy Club

  • Acme Comedy Co.
  • Brave New Workshop
  • HUGE Improv Theater
  • Sisyphus Brewing
  • Varsity Theater

Local Comedian

  • Corey Adam
  • Cy Amundson
  • Mary Mack
  • Michael Callahan
  • Nick Swardson

Art Museum or Gallery

  • Gamut Gallery
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum
  • Russian Art Museum
  • Walker Art Center
  • Weisman Art Museum

Science or History Museum

  • Bell Museum
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum
  • Minnesota History Center
  • Mill City Museum
  • Science Museum of Minnesota

Bookstore

  • Magers and Quinn Booksellers
  • Moon Palace Books
  • Once Upon A Crime
  • Red Balloon Bookshop
  • Wild Rumpus

Tattoo Parlour

  • Jackalope Tattoo
  • Leviticus Tattoo
  • Minneapolis Tattoo
  • Tiger Rose Tattoo
  • Uptown Tattoo

Bike Shop

  • Angry Catfish
  • Erik’s Bike Shop
  • Freewheel Bike
  • The Hub Bike Co-Op
  • One on One Bicycle Studio

Comic Book or Game Shop

  • Source Comics & Games
  • Fantasy Flight Games
  • Heroic Goods and Games
  • Level Up Games
  • Hot Comics and Collectibles

Outdoors Store

  • Askov Finlayson
  • Duluth Pack
  • Joe’s Sporting Goods
  • Midwest Mountaineering
  • REI, Bloomington

Minnesota Heritage Brand

  • Duluth Pack
  • Faribault Woolen Mills
  • Frost River
  • Minnetonka Moccasins
  • Red Wing Shoes

State Park

  • Gooseberry Falls State Park
  • Interstate State Park
  • Itasca State Park
  • Jay Cooke State Park
  • Tettegouche State Park

Lake

  • Bde Maka Ska
  • Lake Harriet
  • Lake Minnetonka
  • Lake Nokomis
  • Lake Superior

Community Festival (Minneapolis & St. Paul)

  • Art-a-Whirl
  • MayDay Parade
  • Minnesota State Fair
  • Open Streets
  • Twin Cities Pride Festival

Community Festival (Greater Minnesota)

  • All Pints North
  • Carlos Creek Grape Stomp
  • Minnesota Renaissance Festival
  • New Ulm Oktoberfest
  • Pan-O-Prog

Music Festival

  • Basilica Block Party
  • Rockbend Folk Festival
  • Rock the Garden
  • Soundset
  • Winstock Country Music Festival

Music Venue

  • The Armory
  • First Avenue
  • Palace Theater
  • Turf Club
  • Varsity Theater

Outdoor Music Venue

  • Bayfront Festival Park
  • Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
  • Surly Festival Field
  • Vetter Stone Amphitheater
  • Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo

Record Store

  • Barley Brothers Records
  • Caydence Records & Coffee
  • Electric Fetus
  • Flashlight Vinyl
  • Hymie’s Vintage Records

Local Music Group or Band

  • Atmosphere
  • Doomtree
  • Hippo Campus
  • Parachute Pandas
  • Trampled by Turtles

Local Solo Music Artist

  • Charlie Parr
  • Chastity Brown
  • Dessa
  • jeremy messersmith
  • Prof

Local Album

  • “Chime” by Dessa
  • “Life is Good on the Open Road” by Trampled by Turtles
  • “Lightning Round” by Bad Bad Hats
  • “Phoenix” by Javier Santiago
  • “Swell” by Àlamode

 

Drink

Wine & Spirits

Whiskey List at a Bar or Restaurant

  • Butcher & the Boar
  • Dalton & Wade
  • Dark Horse Bar & Eatery
  • Merlins Rest Pub
  • The St. Paul Grill

Wine List at a Bar or Restaurant

  • The Bachelor Farmer
  • Domacin Wine Bar
  • Italian Eatery
  • Red Rabbit
  • Spoon and Stable

Bartender

  • Bennett Johnson, Tattersall
  • Cory Yrjanson, Dalton and Wade
  • Ian Lowther, Red Cow
  • Joey Capitola Burdick-Levang, Twin Spirits Distillery
  • Marco Zappia, Martina

Cocktail

  • The Cedar, Italian Eatery
  • Contemporary Daisy, Esker Grove
  • Moscow Mule, Red Cow
  • Ol’ Sport, 11 Wells Spirits
  • Wade, Dalton & Wade

Liquor Store (Minneapolis & St. Paul)

  • Elevated Beer Wine and Spirits, Minneapolis
  • France 44
  • Stinson Wine, Beer, and Spirits
  • Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop
  • Zipp’s Liquors

Liquor Store (Metro Area)

  • Ace Spirits, Hopkins
  • Blue Max Liquors, Burnsville
  • Elevated Beer Wine and Spirits, White Bear Lake
  • Haskell’s, White Bear Lake
  • Top Ten Liquors, Blaine
  • Total Wine, Roseville

Liquor Store (Greater Minnesota)

  • 99 Bottles, Moorhead
  • Historic Casanova Liquor, Hudson
  • Liquor Hutch, Hutchinson
  • Mount Royal Bottle Shoppe, Duluth
  • PJ’s Liquor Emporium, North Mankato
  • Westside Liquor, Waite Park

Wine Shop

  • Cork Dork Wine Co.
  • Haskell’s, White Bear Lake
  • Solo Vino Bottle Shop
  • Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop
  • Total Wine, Bloomington

Local Rum

  • 11 Wells Boiler Room Rum
  • Far North Ålander Spiced Rum
  • Norseman Whiskey Barrel Aged Rum
  • Skaalvenn Habanero Rum
  • Tattersall Blackstrap Rum

Local Vodka

  • Du Nord L’Etoile
  • Far North Syvä
  • J. Carver Lake House Ultra Premium Vodka
  • Tattersall Vodka
  • Vikre Lake Superior Vodka

Local Gin

  • Far North Solveig
  • J. Carver Barrel Gin
  • Norseman Gin
  • Tattersall Gin
  • Vikre Cedar Gin

Local Whiskey

  • 11 Wells Rye
  • Brother Justus Silver Whiskey
  • Far North Roknar
  • Tattersall Straight Rye
  • Vikre Sugarbush

Local Specialty Spirit

  • 11 Wells Coffee Liqueur
  • J. Carver Sevilla
  • Loon Liquor Lac Coeur Coffee Liqueur
  • Tattersall Aquavit
  • Vikre Ovrevann Aquavit

Craft Cocktail Bar

  • 11 Wells Spirits
  • Lawless Distilling Company
  • Marvel Bar
  • Norseman Distillery
  • Tattersall Distilling

Craft Distillery

  • 11 Wells Spirits
  • Brother Justus Whiskey Co.
  • Bent Brewstillery
  • Norseman Distillery
  • Far North Spirits
  • Flying Dutchman Spirits
  • J. Carver Distillery
  • Loon Liquor Co.
  • Tattersall Distilling
  • Vikre Distillery

Winery

  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard
  • Cannon River Winery
  • Carlos Creek Winery
  • Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery
  • Crow River Winery
  • Forestedge Winery
  • Parley Lake Winery
  • Round Lake Vineyards and Winery
  • Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery
  • Winehaven Winery

Cidery

  • Keepsake Cidery
  • Milk & Honey Ciders
  • Number 12 Cider
  • Sweetland Orchard
  • Sociable Cider Werks

Local Cider or Graf

  • Carlos Creek Apple Hopper
  • Keepsake Wild
  • Loon Juice Honeycrisp
  • Milk & Honey Heirloom
  • Sociable Freewheeler Dry Apple
  • Wild Mind Tipper’s Grove Graf

Beer

Craft Beer Bar or Restaurant (Minneapolis & St. Paul)

  • Buster’s on 28th
  • Dark Horse Bar & Eatery
  • First Draft Taproom and Kitchen
  • Groveland Tap
  • Grumpy’s NE
  • The Happy Gnome
  • HopCat
  • Red Cow
  • Republic
  • Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room

Craft Beer Bar or Restaurant (Metro Area)

  • Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill & Lounge, Eagan
  • Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill, Plymouth
  • Iron Tap, Waconia
  • Old Chicago, Roseville
  • Rock Elm Tavern, Plymouth
  • Smokey’s Pub N’ Grill, East Bethel
  • Tamarack Tap Room, Woodbury
  • Washington Square Bar & Grill, White Bear Lake
  • Yard House, St. Louis Park

Craft Beer Bar or Restaurant (Greater Minnesota)

  • 7 West Taphouse, Duluth
  • B & L Bar, New Ulm
  • DJ’s Tap House & Grill, Alexandria
  • Hollywood Roadhouse, New Germany
  • Kelly’s Taphouse, Red Wing
  • Old Capital Tavern, Sauk Rapids
  • Patrick’s on 3rd, St. Peter
  • Pub 500, Mankato
  • Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake, Duluth
  • The Tap House, Rochester

Bottle Shop (Minneapolis & St. Paul)

  • Central Avenue Liquors
  • Scott’s Liquor Store
  • Stinson Wine, Beer, and Spirits
  • The Wine Thief & Ale Jail
  • Zipp’s Liquors

Bottle Shop (Metro Area)

  • Blue Max Liquors, Burnsville
  • Elevated Beer Wine and Spirits, White Bear Lake
  • Haskell’s, White Bear Lake
  • Top Ten Liquors, St. Louis Park
  • Vinifera Wines, Plymouth

Bottle Shop (Greater Minnesota)

  • 99 Bottles, Moorhead
  • Historic Casanova Liquor, Hudson
  • Liquor Mart, New Ulm
  • Mount Royal Bottle Shoppe, Duluth
  • Westside Liquor, Waite Park

Happy Hour

  • Blue Door Pub
  • Groveland Tap
  • Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
  • Patrick’s on 3rd
  • Red Cow

Brewery Taproom

  • Back Channel Brewing Co.
  • Bad Weather Brewing
  • Barrel Theory Beer Company
  • Bauhaus Brew Labs
  • Bent Paddle Brewing Company
  • Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company
  • Fair State Brewing Cooperative
  • Insight Brewing
  • Lupulin Brewing Company
  • Saint Paul’s Flat Earth Brewing Company
  • Surly Brewing Co.

Beertender

  • Dylan Roets, Roets Jordan Brewery
  • Grant Fabel, Red Cow
  • Jennifer Proesel, Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
  • Josh Leddy, Back Channel Brewing Co.
  • Travis Stanich, Barrel Theory Beer Company

Beer Name

  • Crazy Aunt, Insight Brewing
  • Hazy McHazeface, Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
  • Hooey, Lupulin Brewing Company
  • Hopcromancer, Bad Weather Brewing
  • Short Pants, Bauhaus Brew Labs

Beer Label

  • Darkness 2017, Surly Brewing Co.
  • Hooey, Lupulin Brewing Company
  • Hopcromancer, Bad Weather Brewing
  • Hopshifter, Surly Brewing Co.
  • Mango Blonde, Lift Bridge Brewing
  • Spirit Foul, Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Beer Tattoo

  • Jason Dixon, Modist Brewing Co.
  • Franz Marti, Schell’s Brewery
  • Matt Klisiewicz, Bauhaus Brew Labs

Brewpub

  • Barley John’s Brew Pub
  • Birch’s on the Lake
  • Day Block Brewing
  • Fitger’s Brewhouse
  • Forager Brewery
  • The Herkimer Pub & Brewery
  • Lakeville Brewing
  • Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
  • Rock Bottom Brewery
  • Town Hall Brewery

Brewery

  • Barrel Theory Beer Company
  • Bauhaus Brew Labs
  • Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative
  • Dangerous Man Brewing Co.
  • Fair State Brewing Cooperative
  • Indeed Brewing
  • Insight Brewing
  • Lupulin Brewing Company
  • Revelation Ale Works
  • Schell’s Brewery

New Brewery

  • AEGIR Brewing
  • Boathouse Brothers Brewing
  • Company
  • Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company
  • Dual Citizen Brewing Company
  • Giesenbräu Bier Co.
  • Invictus Brewing Co.
  • Spiral Brewery
  • Wooden Hill Brewing Company
  • Venn Brewing Company

Out-Of-State Brewery

  • Ale Asylum
  • Avery Brewing Co.
  • Bell’s Brewery
  • Cigar City Brewing
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  • Earth Rider Brewery
  • Odell Brewing Co.
  • Oliphant Brewing
  • Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Beer Styles

Lager

  • Bad Weather Helles
  • Bauhaus Wonderstuff
  • Fair State Pils
  • Lift Bridge 93X Brotherhood
  • Summit Keller Pils

Specialty Grain Beer

  • Bang Gold
  • Fair State Keep the North Cold
  • Modist False Pattern
  • Modist Dreamyard
  • Roets Rye

Session Beer

  • Fulton Hopstar
  • Indeed Lucy
  • Lift Bridge Mango Blonde
  • Steel Toe Size 4
  • Surly Xtra-Citra

Wheat Beer

  • Fair State Hefe
  • Schell’s Hefeweizen
  • Tin Whiskers Wheatstone Bridge
  • Utepils Ewald the Golden
  • Waldmann Weissbier

Belgian-style

  • Bad Weather Sun Pillar
  • Bauhaus Hairbanger
  • Boom Island Brimstone
  • Lift Bridge Farm Girl
  • Roets The Belgian
  • Saint Paul’s Flat Earth Belgian Pale Ale

Pale Ale

  • Barrel Theory Citra Pale
  • Fair State Pahlay’Ahlay
  • Indeed Day Tripper
  • Modist False Pattern
  • Summit EPA

Blonde Ale

  • Bad Weather Migration
  • Bent Paddle Paddle Break
  • Fulton Lonely Blonde
  • Lift Bridge Mango Blonde
  • Lupulin Apricot Blonde

IPA

  • Bad Weather Hopcromancer
  • Fair State Clarity of Purpose
  • Lift Bridge Hop Dish IPA
  • Steel Toe Size 7
  • Surly Todd the Axe Man

Double or Imperial IPA

  • Barrel Theory Shooter McGavin
  • Lupulin Blissful Ignorance
  • Modist Double Dreamyard
  • Surly Abrasive
  • Wooden Hill Hopify

Hazy or New England IPA

  • Barrel Theory Raindrops
  • Fair State Mirror Universe
  • Lift Bridge Hazy McHazeface
  • Lupulin Hooey
  • Modist Dreamyard

Fruit Beer

  • Bauhaus Short Pants
  • Grain Belt BLU
  • Insight Doe Eyes
  • Lift Bridge Mango Blonde
  • Wild Mind Pash Bash

Spice or Specialty Beer

  • 612Brew Shere Khan
  • Indeed Lavender, Sunflower
  • Honey, and Date
  • Insight Rowdy Uncle
  • Wabasha Westside Popper
  • Wild Mind Pass the Kvassier

Kettle Sour

  • Bad Weather Anomaly
  • Fair State Roselle
  • Indeed Lucy
  • Pryes Raspberry
  • Roets Sour

Spontaneous or Wild

  • Boom Island Kriek
  • Fair State Barrel-Fermented
  • Du Pounde
  • Indeed Cherry Dust
  • Schell’s Electrik Empress
  • Wild Mind Pash Bash
  • Wild Mind Spontané Framboise

Porter

  • Bemidji Double Porter
  • Dangerous Man Peanut Butter Porter
  • Inbound Wild Rice Porter
  • Saint Paul’s Flat Earth Cygnus X1
  • Summit Great Northern Porter
  • Urban Growler De-Lovely

Stout

  • Barrel Theory Threat Level Midnight
  • Dangerous Man Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Fair State Giantsbane
  • Lift Bridge Barrel-Aged Silhouette
  • Summit Oatmeal Stout

Correction: In the October print issue, Crazy Aunt was misattributed to Indeed Brewing in the Best Beer Name category. Crazy Aunt is made by Insight Brewing.

 
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