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.

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Reviewed by Migugymn
on November 3, 2017
If you want to be close to a big city, yet enjoy the comforts of a small town, Burnsville, Minnesota, is just that! The city is located just 20 minutes from both Minneapolis and St. Paul, and minutes from major attractions like the Mall of America, Valleyfair, the Minnesota Zoo, and many others. Location is not all Burnsville has to offer. Here, you can pick from over 80 unique restaurants for a perfect dining experience, enjoy a theater or musical performance at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, explore mother nature in one of 76 beautiful city parks, or treat yourself to some retail therapy at the 180-store Burnsville Center shopping mall.
Reviewed by BurnsvilleCVB
on September 17, 2012
Great location as you access either Minneapolis or St Paul where I-35 merges. Cozy small town with excellent variety of tasty restaurant menus.
Reviewed by sdowling
on September 17, 2012
Burnsville has a restuarant for every taste, great parks and trails, and a beautiful Performing Arts Center.
Reviewed by SKIPN
on September 17, 2012
Burnsville, Minnesota, is overall a great place, but in the South Metro of Minneapolis it is a hub for dining. You will find a great mix of local and chain restaurants, serving up everything you could imagine from a “White Trash Burger” (Burger Jones) to a “Royal Kabob Feast” (Mediterranean Cruise Cafe). There is no doubt that you will always find something to satisfy your craving!
Reviewed by aburrill
on September 17, 2012
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