Meet Your Best of Cities South 2024 Finalists

by | Mar 2024

Over the course of January, we invited readers to vote for the very best Apple Valley, Eagan, Lakeville and Prior Lake have to offer. The reader poll is closed and the votes are tallied. Now, it’s time to meet the finalists (listed in alphabetical order) for Best of Cities South 2024.

Stay tuned for our Best of Cities South 2024 issue this June, when the winners will be revealed.


Best Bakery

  • Edelweiss Bakery
  • Sweet Kneads by Farmington Bakery
  • Sweet Treasures

Best Bar, Brewery or Distillery

  • Bald Man Brewing
  • Lakeville Brewing Company
  • Omni Winery & Taproom

Best Breakfast or Brunch

  • Hope Breakfast Bar
  • Jensen’s Cafe
  • The Better Half

Best Burger

  • B-52 Burgers and Brew
  • Burgers and Bottles
  • Northern Taphouse

Best Desserts or Ice Cream

  • Dairy Delite
  • Chill Ice Cream Studio
  • Cold Stone Creamery

Best International Cuisine

  • Fong’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Joy’s Thai Cuisine
  • Mediterranean Cruise Cafe
  • Taste of Thai Yai

Best Outdoor Dining Space

  • Barley + Vine Kitchen/Bar
  • Lakeville Brewing Company
  • The Tavern Grill

Best Pizza

  • Carbone’s Lakeville
  • Ole Piper Family Restaurant & Sports Bar
  • Red’s Savoy Pizza

Best Plant-Based or Vegan Menu

  • Mediterranean Cruise Cafe
  • Toppers Pizza

Best Restaurant

  • Doolittles Woodfire Grill
  • Lakeville Brewing Company
  • Porterhouse Steak & Seafood
  • The Better Half

Best Garden Center

  • Gertens
  • Pahl’s Market
  • Terra Garden Center

Best Home Decor or Furniture Store

  • Ashley
  • HOM Furniture
  • Schneiderman’s Furniture

Best Interior Design Firm

  • Curate with Kate
  • The Divine Living Space

Best Landscape Design Service

  • Custom One Landscaping
  • Pahl’s Market
  • Southview Design

Best Remodeler

  • Custom One Renovation
  • Platt Contracting
  • Rise & Shine Garage Doors

Best Senior Living Residence

  • BeeHive Homes of Lakeville
  • Highview Hills
  • The Moments
Self Care

Best Barbershop

  • 210 Barber Shop
  • Red’s Chop Shop
  • TR’s Lakeville Barber Shop

Best Boutique Fitness or Yoga Studio

  • Onx
  • Puravida Fitness
  • The Warehouse

Best Hair Salon

  • CBeauty Hair Studio
  • Cole’s Salon
  • Regard Rayonnant

Best Manicure and Pedicure 

  • Frenchies Modern Nail Care
  • Heidi Nails
  • Nail Bar & Spa

Best Massage 

  • Amesbarry Chiropractic
  • Clovr Life Spa
  • Keep In Touch
  • Spavia

Best Spa 

  • Lifetime Lifespa
  • Sage + Arch
  • Spavia
  • The Esthetician

Best Chiropractic Practice

  • ABLE Chiropractic
  • Enlighten Chiropractic
  • HealthSource Chiropractic

Best Dental Practice

  • Apelgren Dental
  • Lakeville Dental
  • Park Dental

Best Dermatology Practice

  • Dermatology Consultants
  • Lakes Dermatology

Best Eye Care Practice

  • Advanced Family Eyecare
  • Focused Eye Care
  • McDonald Eye Care Associates
  • Yankee Eye Clinic

Best Family Medicine Practice

  • Allina
  • Dillman Clinic & Lab
  • New Kingdom
  • Park Nicollet

Best OB-GYN Practice

  • Minnesota Women’s Care
  • OBGYN Specialists

Best Orthodontic Practice

  • Anchored Orthodontics
  • Cosmopolitan Orthodontics
  • Lakeville Orthodontics

Best Pediatric Practice

  • Eagan Valley Pediatrics
  • Park Nicollet
  • Southdale Pediatrics

Best Dance Studio

  • Betty Jo’s Dance Center
  • DanceWorks Performing Art Center
  • Next Step Dance Studio
  • South Metro Dance Arts Center

Best Preschool Program

  • Especially For Children
  • Hypointe Childcare
  • The Goddard School Lakeville

Best Swim School or Lessons

  • Bear Paddle Swim School
  • Foss Swim School
  • Wise Swim School
Pet Care

Best Dog-Friendly Business (Dining or Retail venue) 

  • Dog Day Getaway
  • Three Dog Bakery
  • Wag N’ Wash

Best Dog Park

  • Cleary Lake Dog Off-leash Area
  • Dakota Woods Dog Park
  • Ritter Farm Dog Park

Best Pet Boarding or Daycare Service

  • Dog Day Getaway
  • Puppy Play and Stay
  • River Valley Groom & Board

Best Pet Grooming Service

  • Dog Day Getaway
  • Fancy Paws Pet Salon
  • Pet Attitudes
  • The Dirty Dog Spa
  • Wag N’ Wash

Best Veterinarian Practice

  • East Valley Animal Clinic
  • Southfork Animal Hospital
  • VCA Cedar View Animal Hospital

Best Apparel Boutique

  • Board and Batten
  • Mainstream Boutique
  • Thread and Clover Boutique

Best Florist

  • Bachman’s
  • Flora Etc.
  • Flowerama
  • Rosemount Floral

Best Gift Shop

  • Ficus & Fig
  • Market On Oak Boutique
  • The Charming Lily Boutique

Best Jewelry Store

  • Gerster Jewelers
  • Real Gem Jewelers
  • Shane Co.

Best Specialty Food or Kitchen Store

  • Desi Foods 

Best Beach, Open Space or Park

  • Antlers Park
  • Cleary Lake Regional Park
  • Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Best Date Night Spot

  • Board and Brush
  • Gary’s Supper Club
  • Porterhouse Steak and Seafood

Best Outdoor Spot for Graduation Photos 

  • Ritter Farm Park 

Best Place for Family Activities

  • Board and Brush
  • Bowlero
  • Labyrinth Puzzle Rooms

Best Venue to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

  • Apple Valley Freedom Days Fireworks
  • Lakeville Pan-O-Prog Fireworks
Best of the Metro

Best Alpine Hill or Nordic Ski Trail

  • Buck Hill
  • Lebanon Hills Regional Park
  • Welch Village

Best Biking or Hiking Trail

  • Lebanon Hills Regional Park
  • Ritter Farm Park
  • Theodore Wirth Regional Park

Best Bridal or Formal Wear Store 

  • Bridal-N-More Boutique
  • Effie’s Bridal Trunk
  • The Wedding Shoppe

Best Family Photographer/ Photography Business

  • Anthologie
  • BennyAni Photography
  • East Oaks Photography
  • Kiley Marissa Photography
  • Tiffany Lynn Photography

Best Financial Services (financial planners, wealth management, estate planning, etc.) 

  • Edward Jones
  • Haven Financial Group
  • Thrivent

Best Golf Course

  • Bracketts Crossing Country Club
  • Crystal Lake Golf Club
  • Legends Club
  • The Wilds Golf Club
  • Valleywood Golf Course

Best Law Practice

  • Elizabeth M. Porter

Best Outdoor Skating Rink

  • Arden Park
  • Goat Hill Park

Best Private School

  • First Baptist School
  • The Goddard School Lakeville
  • United Christian Academy

Best Professional Theatre 

  • Children’s Theatre Company
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • Park Square Theatre

Best Staycation Hotel 

  • Holiday Inn & Suites Lakeville
  • JW Marriott Mall of America

Best Summer Camp

  • Camp Sizzleberry
  • Catholic Youth Camp
  • YMCA Day Camp Streefland

Best Wedding Photographer or Videographer

  • East Oaks Photography
  • Kiley Marissa Photography
  • Studio Twelve:52

Best Wedding Venue

  • Bracketts Crossing Country Club 

Best Winery

  • Next Chapter Winery
  • Omni Winery & Taproom
  • Schram Vineyards

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