Top 10 meatballs in the Twin Cities

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Benjamin Carter Grimes
A bowl of balls at Devil's Advocate

On Monday Slate published an interactive graphic called the "United Steaks of America", a sort of meat heatmap, a meatmap if you will, of all the 50 states and their respective official meats. It's not a very scientific group of findings. They basically picked the meat or dish or novelty protein (i.e. gator in Florida and Spam in Hawaii) most closely associated with that state and its food culture. For example the official meat of our North Dakotan neighbors is summer sausage and to the immediate east of us -- and this should come as no surprise -- is bratwurst country. Though Minnesota is sandwiched between two sausages on the map, our official meat has a more spherical shape. Give up? It's the meatball.

Slate cites our state's Nordic roots as the inspiration behind their choice and while it's true that every blue-blooded Ikea shopper enjoys the occasional Swedish version, the Twin Cities actually boasts all kinds of tasty meatballs, from classic Italian to boldly Asian-influenced. Here are our top 10 favorites.

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Top 10 margaritas in the Twin Cities

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Theogeo
Viva la Margarita!

On this glorious morning, the eve of National Margarita Day, you might be asking yourself, "Can't I drink tequila, triple sec, and lime every day? Shouldn't I? Doesn't one?" The answer is yes, yes, and yes. But today, we take time to recognize the stars and standouts, the margaritas that don't just phone it in. These are the top ten margaritas in the Twin Cities.

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Top 10 margaritas in the Twin Cities [2012]


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Top 10 surprisingly tasty foods that come in tubes

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If you've ever been to Ingebretsen's, you've probably encountered tube food. The Scandinavian specialty shop offers around ten varieties of food in tubes, from caviar, to cheese spread, to plain ol' mayonnaise. By American standards, Ingebretsen's selection is massive, but compared to Sweden's, it just barely scratches the surface. Swedish tube foods fall under two primary categories: condiments and sandwich spreads (like fish and cheese pastes). Of course, tube foods aren't just a Swedish phenomenon. For our top ten list, we included several non-Swedish contenders. Think of it as a sort of mini, tube-food-Olympic Village. (Awwww...)

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Minnesota's camel milk black market


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Top 10 happy hours in the Twin Cities

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Cocktails at Eat Street Social
After about 4 p.m., especially toward the end of the work week, people in offices and schools and hospitals and roller rinks everywhere start to get that...socializing itch. Happily, there are plenty of happy hour spots around town where comrades and co-workers can go and get that itch scratched -- places where the food is deep-fried, the booze is free-flowing, the taps are plentiful, and everything is cheap for a limited time only. 

We did our research and compiled a list based on overall value, range of options, and whether you can actually leave work at the usual time and still get your drink order in before the specials are over (a.k.a. happy hours that go past 5 p.m.) Here are our top 10 favorite happy hours in the Twin Cities.

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Top 10 foods and drinks to indulge in this winter

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A.J. Olmscheid

Oh, the weather outside. It's not yet frightful, but it's no longer completely delightful. But we hardy folk are not deterred by winter temps. We're smart enough to recognize that coziness is a limited-season indulgence too, one we prefer to partake in with fantastic food and boozy beverages. 

Thus we've compiled a list that gives you something to look forward to, with our top 10 favorite winter foods and drinks.

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Top 10 wildest game dishes in the Twin Cities

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Wild Acres pheasant with curried spaghetti squash and cranberry-hibiscus sauce.

Who got game? We do, apparently.

It used to be that bison was about the wildest thing you'd find on a menu in the Twin Cities, but as leaner alternative proteins gain popularity, our local chefs have learned to perfectly prepare everything from pig to pigeon. So now that hunting season is underway, we're taking a walk on the wild side and counting down some of our favorite Twin Cities dishes that feature game.

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Top 10 Bloody Marys in the Twin Cities, Part 2

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Peggy from AMC's Mad Men
The Bloody Peggy just doesn't have the same ring to it

Last week we published our first installation of the various superlative bloodies around town. Some were thick, some were smoked, some were stacked, some involved a D.I.Y. spirit, and others involved spirits other than vodka. You have waited with bated breath and now we're ready to reveal our final five picks for these saucy ladies in red.

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Top 10 Bloody Marys in the Twin Cities

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Peggy from AMC's Mad Men
The Bloody Peggy just doesn't have the same ring to it
The Bloody Mary: Some like it hot, some like it extra hot, and some like it with an entire meal's worth of garnishes piled on top. From the stacked to the spicy to the newest out-of-the-box spin on this breakfast cocktail, we've sipped our way through the cities' best Bloody Marys and rounded up the top ten. Feast your eyes on the first five of our list, then get out and judge for yourself. Don't say we didn't warn you, though, if you get a bartender's stink-eye for ordering one of these after dark.

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Top 10 craft cocktail bars in the Twin Cities
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Top 10 Halloween costumes for foodies

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A food-related Halloween costume is a good idea for many reasons. First, they're usually pretty straightforward, which means you won't have to repeatedly explain that you're Spudnick all night. Second, and perhaps more important, they're often comfy and forgiving, so you don't have to worry about your beer/food belly protruding when you're trying to be a sexy piece of pizza. Third, donning a food costume tells the world you don't take yourself too seriously -- that is unless you dress as paddlefish roe or something. 

Here are some ideas for the procrastinator, the provocateur, and the pastry chef in all of us. 

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Top 10 donuts in the Twin Cities

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The rest of America may run on Dunkin', but we like our donuts local
For those of you who were in valiant pursuit of a better beach body this year, you're officially out of the woods with this most recent cold snap; for those of you who weren't, as you were. The season of indulgence kicks off somewhere right around now, and when it comes to treats, nothing satisfies quite like a donut: part cake, part fry, part pure, unadulterated sugar. You take it easy. We've taken the work out of scouting the best shops around town for your glazed, filled, or frosted needs -- from the classic to the experimental. Sit back and sink your teeth into our roundup of the Twin Cities' 10 best donuts.

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