Burnsville, Minnesota


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

2 Votes - "Friendliest"
2 Votes - "Best For Food"


In its second year running for Best for Food, Burnsville brought us back to the Mediterranean Cruise Café and Burger Jones for their favorite local fare, and introduced our team to even more digs, namely Chianti, Porter Creek and Rack Shack, where our judges were surprised at Minnesota’s offerings.

Chianti Grill features fine Italian dining, wine pairings and Sunday brunch; Porter Creek Hardwood Grill boasts a contemporary, rustic feel with an outdoor patio and enough food our judges visited twice; and Rack Shack is the locals favorite BBQ joint with giant servings of ribs, brisket and pulled pork.

After potentially overeating, follow our lead and burn it off on the water. Burnsville’s lakes offer boating, jet skiing and taking in the outdoors, in addition to Nicollet Commons Park where many town events are held, are golf, and ice-skating at Burnsville Ice Center. Attend Burnsville Fire Muster, Art and All That Jazz, International Festival and the Heart of the City Half Marathon annually.

Proximity to Minneapolis offers art, museums and athletics nearby. See a Timberwolves, Twins or Vikings game while in town or plan for NASCAR or horseracing. Also find theaters, a zoo, and a variety of shopping in the area. For more of what to do in Burnsville, view locals' reviews.

Ernies Pub and Grille has the best breakfast buffet around.
Reviewed by bethwells
on May 16, 2012
Don’t live here, but have shopped, dined, theatered and just all around enjoyed Burnsville. The new 'Performing Arts Center' is a fabulous venue that especially deserves a visit from anyone out of the region. Also agree with the reviewer about Ernie’s great dining experiences, and include the 'Porter Creek' restaurant!! This suburb is so highly active that we visit very often, and having a new Costco there is another great attribute.
Reviewed by PoppaROC
on May 16, 2012
For a weeks worth of diverse, yet great dining, try this line-up. Monday: Start week at Jo-Jo' Rise & Wine for breakfast sandwiches and crafted coffee; Tuesday: Roasted Pear for wine and Taco Tuesday; Wednesday: Porter Creek for Southwest Chop Salad at the Waterfall Table (for real!); Thursday: Burger Jones for the Furious Beer Cheese Soup and White Trash Burger: Friday: Morgan's at Best Western Premier for the Jameson Pork Chop; Saturday: Ermie's Pub for breakfast; Sunday: Chianti Grill for their outstanding brunch.. Enjoy a mamosa too.
Reviewed by VernD
on May 16, 2012
You don't have to go to Minneapolis-St. Paul to get top-notch almond bubble tea, stellar Swedish pancakes, authentic Vietnamese, some stand up Russian borscht, decadent sweet potato fries or an excellent steak. And don't even get me started on those waffles at Buzz Coffee & Cafe. We can even throw in a hookah and belly dancers if need be (Mediterranean Cruise Cafe). It's all here. Believe me, Burnsville is a diamond in the rough, as I promptly discovered after moving here last year. I have the 15 extra pounds to prove it, too.
Reviewed by BurnsvillePatchEditor
on May 16, 2012
Complete in every way.... Burnsville is best location south of Twin Cities and airport. Turn into any restaurant there and you've made the right choice!
Reviewed by Investigator
on May 16, 2012
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