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.

Many great restaurants
Reviewed by cjgreen60
on September 17, 2012
Something for everyone here. Shopping, dining and the arts.
Reviewed by babse
on September 17, 2012
It's hard to say what in Burnsville's development led to it becoming the home of so many great restaurants. A number of other reviewers have mentioned the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, which I think is indicative of the city's emphasis on community investment. Minneapolis can keep its flashy, trendy food spots; Burnsville's local restaurants trump them all in my book. Mediterranean Cruise Cafe brings the drama, Roasted Pear brings the class, Jo Jo's Rise and Wine brings the leisure, and the list goes on and on. Something about Burnsville has led to a congregation of "hidden gems," so to speak. Thai Curry House, for example, may look humble in its strip mall setting, but I'd call it the best authentic Thai food in Minnesota. Just down the road, Indigo Tea Company's story of a local couple living their dream as business owners can be tasted in their sensational tea drinks and pastries. The development of the Heart of the City in the past decade simply reiterates what makes Burnsville special: a heart of community that continues to beat strongly.
Reviewed by ljbehrens
on September 17, 2012
Burnsville has a lot of great places to eat, but I my favorite is the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe. They have some of the most amazing Greek food I have ever eaten. Their lunch buffet is great and very affordable.
Reviewed by koci0019
on September 17, 2012
Life is good South of the River! Carry-out, upscale casual, family-friendly--whatever your mood, you can find great food in this town. Burnsville has familiar chain restaurants and a wide variety of locally owned spots where you need visit only a few times and the owners greet you like famly.
Reviewed by cmmary
on September 17, 2012
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