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.

Burnsville has two fantastic restaurant districts. Both are in close proximity to two major interstates, and draw from all around the area. Reflective of the diversity of the community, there are more than a dozen independent restaurants, several of which feature ethnic food, including Mediterranean, Italian, Asian and Greek. Most recently an English Gastrohouse setup business and has received favorable reviews. In several coffehouse venues jazz and folk music can be enjoyed on weekend evenings. One overlooks the city's new central downtown park and $30 million dollar Performing Arts Center.
Reviewed by ttaylormn
on September 17, 2012
There is seriously something to do for just about anyone! If arts and culture are your thing, you can visit the Burnsville Performing Arts Center or one of the many festivals held throughout the year; if you like adventure activities, Burnsville offers mountain biking trails and downhill skiing/snowboarding; if you consider yourself a foodie, Burnsville is home to more than 100 restaurants ranging from classic chains, authentic cuisine, small bistros and more!; if you're looking for family fun, Burnsville is home to Nicollet Commons Park where kids can enjoy music while splashing in the water feature, Crystal Beach where they can build a sand castle and Grand Slam and Skateville, iconic Burnsville staples; if shopping is what you're after, the Burnsville Center boasts more than 150 specialty and retail shops in a one-stop shop. The list could go on and on, but to sum it all up, Burnsville is truly a great place to live, work, play, eat, shop, you name it! :)
Reviewed by UsWeekly47
on September 17, 2012
Great variety of food. Big chains ,small Ma and Pa..Nice choices
Reviewed by izoggozi
on September 17, 2012
Diverse food choices for all appetites.
Reviewed by hbmurray05
on September 17, 2012
Tons of food choices for all ages and all tastes. Very diverse selection.
Reviewed by kmagnusson
on September 17, 2012
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