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Best Of Dining and Drinking 2021

Posted: April 18, 2022

Every year the Mankato Free Press polls residents and visitors alike to develop their annual Best of Mankato issue. This publication is full of listings of the best places to go to based on specific categories. Below is a list of winners in different dining and drinking categories. Please keep in mind that it’s really just a snapshot-in-time survey, and doesn’t mean that anyone who didn’t “win” isn’t very good at what they do.

Below is a partial list of winners. Check out the FULL LIST of winners here.

best of 2021

Food Truck

1st Lola

2nd The 507

3rd Scotty Biggs BBQ

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

1st Mom & Pop’s

2nd Culver’s

3rd Frozen Yogurt Creations

Locally-Owned Restaurant 

1st Pagliai’s Pizza

2nd Nolabelle Kitchen + Bar

3rd Weggy’s On Campus


Take Out / Curbside

1st Pagliai’s Pizza

2nd Sadaka’s Deli

3rd Tav on the Ave