Back in January, I made fun of Apple Valley Magazine’s “Best of Apple Valley 2006” in a post here. Apple Valley Magazine, along with its sister magazines like Eden Prairie Magazine and Bloomington Magazine (among others) are glossy mags that have a $3.95 price tag but end up in my mailbox for free.
I have done an interview with Bloomington Magazine about geocaching, which should appear in the June or July edition, and I enjoyed working with their competent staff. What I don’t like is writing articles like “Best of Apple Valley 2006” when there isn’t exactly a story to write about…
I’m not going to go over all of their “readers’ picks” because they just aren’t worth it. For some background, for those of you that might not know, Apple Valley is not exactly what you’d consider worthy of “Best of” anything, especially restaurants — unless you want to talk about chain restaurants which is exactly what they ended up doing.
First of all, their “readers” chose, for “best” pizza, Broadway Pizza. Now, Kim and I have discussed this, and the only reason that they could have chosen this place was because there just aren’t that many local pizza places at all in Apple Valley (in fact, I don’t think there are any). Not that Broadway Pizza is “local” but it’s more local than Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake… Anyway, you can read on about why you shouldn’t go to Broadway and instead why you should pick Carbone’s in Lakeville.
Anyway, my next favorites included “Best Place for Burgers” and “Best Place for Dessert”. Both of these important titles were won by none other than Culver’s. Like excuse me? Culvers shouldn’t even be considered for this competition as it’s a National chain. But then again Apple Valley Magazine’s knowledgeable readers chose the ever so locally important McDonald’s as “Best Kids’ Party Place”. Seriously, what the fuck is that?! Kim wants to know what second place for “Best Burgers” was — McDonalds?
For some odd reason, no one voted for some of the truly good places in Apple Valley to get food or drinks. Sorry, Apple Valley has more than just “Enjoy” people!
So, I’m going to remind everyone of where they really should eat when they come to Apple Valley… For great food, great service, and even great drinks; you’re going to want to check out Rascal’s Apple Valley Bar and Grill. Kim and I have eaten here a couple of times and haven’t been disappointed at all. The service has always been excellent and the food quality is far better than anything else you will find for the price in Apple Valley.
For “Best Ethnic Restaurant”, I can’t agree that El Azteca is your best option. I realize that most people wouldn’t know good Mexican food from Culver’s “best burgers” but after Kim puked in the parking lot, I certainly don’t believe anyone should try that place out… Instead, why not try something completely different at Daria’s Mediterranean Deli and Cafe. A really interesting location with excellent and different food. Next time, “readers” why don’t you actually try a couple of places in Apple Valley before so blindly voting for “the best”?!
I guess I shouldn’t expect much from the residents of Apple Valley as they are obviously more interested in supporting chain restaurants and chain businesses in general than they are the little guys.
Wake up and get a clue. All of you.