Celebrate Your Winners for Best of White Bear Lake 2023

by | Jul 2023

Best of White Bear Lake 2023

Celebrate your Best of White Bear Lake 2023 Readers’ Choice Poll winners and finalists!

It’s that time of the year again! Welcome to your annual Readers’ Choice Poll, White Bear Lake Magazine readers. This January, you showed up in droves to whitebearlakemag.com and shared your top picks in an array of categories—now the results are here.

If you look closely, you’ll see a couple of new additions to this year’s poll, including entirely new categories dedicated to self-care, shopping, services and leisure. We’ve also expanded beyond the White Bear Lake area, so you’ll meet winners from the region and state in our Best of the East Metro and Discover Minnesota categories.

Without further ado, let’s meet your winners and finalists!


Best Bakery

Grandma’s Bakery

Runners-up: Key’s Cafe & Bakery, Cafe Cravings

Best Bar, Brewery or Distillery

Big Wood Brewery

Runners-up: The Alchemist, Cabin 61

Best Breakfast or Brunch

Key’s Cafe & Bakery

Runners-up: Cobblestone Café, Washington Square Bar & Grill

Best Desserts or Ice Cream

Cup and Cone

Runners-up: Acqua Restaurant & Bar, Orso Bianco Gelato

Best International Cuisine

Mizu Japanese

Runners-up: Ban Thai Restaurant, Sam Thai Cuisine

Best Locally Owned Coffee Shop

The Anchor Coffee House

Runners-up: The Wild Bean, Cafe Cravings

Best Outdoor Dining Space

Acqua Restaurant & Bar

Runners-up: Rudy’s Redeye Grill, Washington Square Bar & Grill

Best Plant-Based or Vegan Menu


Runners-up: Ingredients Café, Brickhouse Food and Drink

Best Restaurant

Acqua Restaurant & Bar

Runners-up: Brickhouse Food and Drink, Rudy’s Redeye Grill

Best Restaurant for a Power Lunch

Cabin 61

Runners-up: EAT! @ Banning and 5th, Brickhouse Food and Drink

Best Takeout or Curbside Service

Mizu Japanese

Runners-up: Alleycat’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Pizzeria Pezzo

Best Burger

Cabin 61

Runners-up: The Burger Bar, Brickhouse Food and Drink

Best Chicken Sandwich

Cabin 61

Runners-up: Alleycat’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Brickhouse Food and Drink

Best Pizza

Pizzeria Pezzo

Runners-up: Carbone’s Pizzeria, Pizza Man


Best Builder

Lake to Lake Construction

Runners-up: Bald Eagle Construction, Pratt Homes

Best Carpet and Flooring Store

Abbott Paint & Carpet

Runners-up: Suburban Floor Covering/Abbey Carpet, 651 Carpets

Best Garden Center


Runners-up: Costa Produce Farm and Greenhouse, White Bear Floral Shop & Greenhouse

Best Home Decor and Furniture Store


Runners-up: Haus Theory, GoodThings

Best Interior Design Firm

Christina Lynn Interiors

Runners-up: Blue Pencil Collective, Adorned Homes

Best Landscape Design Service

Clean Cut Outdoor Services, Longville Landscapes (tie)

Runner-up: GroundFX Lawn & Landscape, Inc.

Best Lawn Service

Mow Joe

Runners-up: GroundFX Lawn & Landscape, Inc., Comstock & Sons

Best Locally Owned Hardware Store

Frattallone’s Hardware & Garden

Runners-up: Beisswenger’s Hardware & Power Equipment, North Heights Hardware Hank and Rental

Best Remodeler

Lake to Lake Construction

Runners-up: Bald Eagle Construction, Cox Contracting, Yares Renovation Services

Best Senior Living Residence

Cerenity Senior Care

Runners-up: St. Andrew’s Village, The Waters of White Bear Lake, Waverly Gardens


Best Barbershop

Benny’s Barber Shop

Runners-up: Indulge Salon & Spa, Revive Salon

Best Boutique Fitness or Yoga Studio


Runners-up: Fitness Focus, Summit Pilates & Training

Best Med Spa

Sunbear Salon & Medical Spa

Runners-up: Revive Salon, Advanced Esthetics Med Spa

Best Place for a Manicure and Pedicure


Runners-up: Sunbear Salon & Medical Spa, Lovely Nails

Best Salon Spa

Revive Salon

Runners-up: Sunbear Salon & Medical Spa, Indulge Salon & Spa


Best Allergy Practice

St. Paul Allergy and Asthma

Runner-up: Midwest Allergy & Asthma

Best Chiropractic Practice

The Carlson Clinic

Runners-up: Soul Chiropractic, Lux Family Chiropractic, WomanWoRX

Best Cosmetic Dentistry Practice

Lund Family Dentistry

Runners-up: White Bear Smiles, Orchard Dental Group

Best Dental Practice

Lund Family Dentistry

Runners-up: Orchard Dental Group, White Bear Smiles

Best Dermatology Practice

Advanced Dermatology Care

Runners-up: Dermatology Consultants, Tareen Dermatology

Best Eye Care Practice

White Bear Eye Clinic & Optical

Runners-up: Birch Lake Eye Clinic, North Suburban Eye Specialists

Best Family Medicine Practice

Entira Family Clinics

Runners-up: HealthPartners Clinic, Synergy Family Physicians

Best Holistic Wellness Practice

Synergy Family Physicians

Runners-up: Bloom Physical Therapy & Wellness, Soul Chiropractic

Best OB-GYN Practice

Minnesota Women’s Care

Runners-up: MetroPartners OBGYN Clinics, Entira Family Clinics

Best Orthodontic Practice

Erickson-Aamodt Orthodontics

Runners-up: Signature Orthodontics, Great River Orthodontics

Best Orthopedic Practice

Summit Orthopedics

Runner-up: Twin Cities Orthopedics

Best Pediatric Practice


Runners-up: Children’s Minnesota Primary Care Clinic – Hugo, Northern Lights Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine


Best Dance Studio

4th Street Dance Centre

Runners-up: Inspiration Performing Arts Center, White Bear Dance Center

Best Preschool Program

Preschools of St. Andrew’s

Runners-up: Kids Under Construction, Frassati Catholic Academy, White Bear Montessori School

Best Swim School or Lessons

Foss Swim School – Vadnais Heights

Runners-up: White Bear Area YMCA, Goldfish Swim School – Oakdale

Pet Care

Best Dog-Friendly Establishment

Washington Square Bar & Grill

Runner-up: Admiral D’s Waterfront Tavern

Best Dog Park

Otter Lake Dog Area

Runner-up: White Bear Dog Beach

Best Pet Boarding or Daycare Service

Goldwood Kennels

Runners-up: Oneka Pet Resort, All Star Pet Hotel & Day Care

Best Pet Grooming Service

Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies

Runners-up: Goldwood Kennels, Jazzy Paws Dog Grooming

Best Veterinarian Practice

White Bear Animal Hospital

Runners-up: Lake Animal Hospital, Birch Lake Animal Hospital


Best Accounting

Ramsay & Associates

Runners-up: Redpath, Zabel and Co.

Best Family Photographer

Amanda Jean Photography, Jenna Conlin Photography, Lisa Siddons

Best Law Practice


Runners-up: Sheila J. Kelly Law Firm, LLC, Fleming Law Firm

Best Mortgage Company

Bell Bank

Runners-up: Guaranteed Rate Affinity, Title Smart, Inc.


Best Apparel Boutique


Runners-up: Primp, Upsy-Daisy

Best Florist

White Bear Floral Shop & Greenhouse

Runners-up: Lakeside Floral, Bachman’s

Best Gift Shop


Runners-up: Upsy-Daisy, Haus Theory

Best Jewelry Store

White Bear Jewelers

Runner-up: GoodThings

Best Specialty Kitchen or Foods Store

Kowalski’s Markets

Runners-up: Sweetlife Lane, GoodThings


Best Park, Open Space or Beach

Memorial Beach

Runners-up: Tamarack Nature Center, West Park

Best Place for a Date Night

Acqua Restaurant & Bar

Runners-up: Brickhouse Food and Drink, Mizu Japanese

Best Place for Family Activities

Tamarack Nature Center, West Park (tie)

Runners-up: Element Indoor Golf, White Bear Area YMCA

Best Place for an Outdoor Adventure

Tamarack Nature Center

Runners-up: White Bear Lake, Tally’s Dockside

Best Place to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

On the water at White Bear Lake

Runners-up: Memorial Beach, Optimist Beach, Tally’s Dockside

Best of the East Metro

Best Golf Course

Oneka Ridge Golf Course

Runners-up: White Bear Yacht Club, Manitou Ridge

Best Outdoor Skating or Hockey Rink

Mahtomedi Hockey Rinks

Runners-up: Podvin Park, The District Education Center – Mahtomedi

Best Private School

Liberty Classical Academy

Runners-up: St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School, Frassati Catholic Academy

Best Speciality Athletic Store

Strauss Skates and Bicycles

Runners-up: Hisdahl’s, The Minnesotan

Best Staycation Hotel

Best Western Plus White

Runners-up: Bear Country Inn, Hotel Crosby

Best Summer Camp

Hidden Pines Ranch, White Bear Area YMCA (tie)

Runner-up: Tamarack Nature Center

Best Theater Program

Lakeshore Players Theatre

Runners-up: Ashland Productions, Children’s Performing Arts

Best Winery

7 Vines Vineyard

Runners-up: Rustic Roots Winery, Saint Croix Vineyard, Two Silo Winery & Vineyard

Discover Minnesota

Best Campground

William O’Brien State Park

Runners-up:  Afton State Park, Interstate State Park, Temperance River State Park

Best Entertainment Venue

Dellwood Country Club, First Avenue, Xcel Energy Center (tie)

Best Hiking or Biking Trail

Gateway State Trail

Runners-up: Brown’s Creek State Trail, Tamarack Nature Center

Best Live Theater

Lakeshore Players Theatre

Runners-up: Ordway, Guthrie Theater

Best Museum

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Runners-up: Minnesota History Center, Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Music Venue

Xcel Energy Center

Runners-up: Tally’s Dockside, The Dugout Bar

Best Nordic Ski Trail or Alpine Hill

Afton Alps

Runners-up: Lutsen Mountains, Tamarack Nature Center

Best Resort or Lodge

Grand View Lodge

Runners-up: Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior, Breezy Point Resort, Cove Point Lodge, Larsmont Cottages

Best Wedding Photographer or Videographer

Anatoliy D Photography

Runners-up: Kyra Lee Photography, Lisa Siddons

Best Wedding Venue

7 Vines Vineyard

Runners-up: Dellwood Country Club, Kellerman’s Event Center


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