July/August 2019

The next best thing to eat, drink, wear, plant and build is what we’re writing about it. We couldn’t be happier to share your picks for our Best of Issue!

Two paddle boarders on the water in the channel between Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake.

The City of Lakes is also the city of many photo opportunities. You just have to be ready for them.

A dish from Grand Cafe, one of our favorite summer dining restaurants in South Minneapolis.

For our Best of City South issue, we revisit some of our favorite local restaurants.

Jennifer Urban, founder of Legal for Good and leader of the nonprofit law clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

When nonprofit organizations face legal issues, they may not know where to find the best legal counsel for the unique needs of nonprofit law, and that’s where Legal for Good comes in.

A brown cat licks its lips.

You voted Lake Harriet Veterinary as a finalist for best vet. What makes their practice a great place for pets and people?

The bookshelves at Wild Rumpus. Above, a boat is affixed to the ceiling.

Since 1992, Wild Rumpus has been a staple in the Linden Hills neighborhood, known for its great selection of children’s books, a special entryway for its younger patrons and its wild inhabitants.

A volunteer with Firefighters for Healing holds a giant teddy bear.

Firefighters for Healing brings toys to distract patients during dressing changes, provides meals for families, temporary housing for out-of-towners or camp scholarships, demonstrating they understand what each family needs to survive the trauma.

A young girl plucks a strawberry from the plant.

SLP Seeds in St. Louis Park, a grassroots organization founded in 2012, believes that reconnecting people to the earth through their food will lead to better sustainable practices, as well as help to eliminate hunger.

Revolution Salon co-founders Sasha Zoghi and Saeid Homayouni pose in the salon.

Sasha Zoghi says Revolution Salon has seen a rise in bob haircuts, subtle coloring and more.

Two women examine a painting at St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts

When budget cuts in 1995 threatened arts programs in St. Louis Park’s public schools, a group of residents came together to advocate for the programs and the value of arts education for youth.

The Veggie Love Burger, a vegan burger from Red Cow Uptown

Red Cow has recently broadened its menu to include plant-based options for its vegetarian patrons.

"My Sister, the Serial Killer" by Oyinkan Braithwaite and "With the Fire on High" by Elzabeth Avecedo

These book recommendations from Magers & Quinn are great for the beach, cabin, hotel or any other summer destination.

Bars of plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bars from MN NAF! salon.

MN NAF! salon offers shampoo and conditioner bars that are easy on the environment.

Bobby Gardner, who teaches improv classes at Strike Theater in Northeast Minneapolis

South Minneapolis resident Bobby Gardner teaches improv and sketch writing at Northeast Minneapolis' Strike Theater.

A graphic that reads "Meet Your Winners, City South Magazine Best of '19 Readers' Choice"

The 2019 Best of City South results are in. Here are the best restaurants, shops, salons and more in south Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, as voted by you, the readers.