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MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MANKATO

WINNER 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

APARTMENT COMPLEX

2ND PLACE: UNIVERSITY SQUARE 3RD PLACE: LOFTS @1633

COLLEGE STATION

Worry no more about living arrangements CALEB HOLLDORF A&E EDITOR

A person’s living situation is always their number priority when moving to a new area or starting a new chapter in life. What better place to call home than Mankato’s very own College Station Apartment complex. College station is located right at 1341 Pohl Rd here in Mankato, which is only blocks away from campus. The aspect of living so close to campus makes going to school all the more of a convenience for students. Much like the complex says on their website, “the apartment community is on the City of Mankato’s bus route giving tenant access to all the restaurants, shopping and services in Mankato. College Station has 1 through 5 bedroom apartments making it a great choice for college students to rent with their friends. Parking is available and there is laundry onsite.”

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If you would like to checkout the complex, College Station’s operating office hours are M - F: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, and closed S – Su. College Station’s rooms range anywhere from one bedroom to five with the option of up to two showers. Future tenants have the freedom of choosing to stay alone or with however many people

you want. There are annual leases though, so planning ahead will be essential. Some of the features in College Station’s apartments include: refrigerator, range, dishwasher, garbage disposal, free wireless internet & cable T, central Heat/Air Conditioning in every apartment, spacious bedrooms with open kitchen and living room, 1

through 5 bedroom units available– which again can be ideal for multiple roommates. The p ro p e r t y amenities include On-site maintenance daily and on-call after hours’ maintenance emergencies, laundry & vending facilities located in each building, parking available on-site, private enclosed mailing room, bike racks for the

residents, and the complex is located on the Mankato bus route. College station is the ideal living destination for any college student, no matter the number of roommates they desire.

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WINNER 2018

MSU Reporter • 3 2ND PLACE: TOKYO SUSHI & HIBACHI

ASIAN CUISINE

3RD PLACE: YU’S CHINESE CUISINE

SHOGUN SUSHI & HIBACHI

Ecstatic atmosphere and flaming show CALEB HOLLDORF A&E EDITOR

Mankato has numerous of fine authentic food restaurants throughout the city, and Shogun’s Sushi and Hibachi comes out on top again as the best Asian cuisine. It’s no wonder Shogun won again this year with their creative live cooking performances by the chefs and their award winning shrimp and chicken katsu. The performances usually include a cook balancing an egg on his spatula and creating flames high as the fan they are using. The chefs are also sure to make a comedic show out of your dinner as well. Just watch out for the little water fireman as he might find his way to your spot and spray you. Located next to Old Navy, Shogun’s menu features authentic dishes crafted by the chefs themselves. There’s enough variety for everyone, spanning from

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a Shogun menu, to Speed menu, to Hibachi menu. There is happy hour everyday, and also the option to order take out online if one chooses to. Shogun’s hours of operation run from MONTHU 11.00 AM - 10:00

PM, FRIDAY 11.00 AM - 11:00 PM, SATURDAY 12.00 PM - 11.00 PM and SUNDAY 12.00 PM 10.00 PM. I would suggest visiting Shogun if you have not had an authentic experience eating a

japanese dish the way they prepare it. Authenticity and freshness can never be outpriced, and the food is worth it.

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AUTO CARE

WINNER

MANKATO MOTORS

2018

2ND PLACE: MILLER MOTORS 3RD PLACE: SNELL MOTORS

A repair shop for all your car trouble AARON YOUNG STAFF WRITER

Ever had a broken taillight, the brakes don’t work, or your car is just in terrible condition. No need to worry because Mankato Motors is here to help. Voted by the city of Mankato as the best auto shop of 2018, Mankato Motors excels in their specialty. Whether it is a broken-down car in need of a repair or you’re looking for a brand new one to replace it, Mankato Motors is the place to go. Located at 1815 Madison Avenue, Mankato Motors is where the old Clements auto used to be. Back in 2009, Rydell Auto company purchased Clements Auto. The Rydell Auto company has since expanded as today they have over 70 dealerships in 17 states. Mankato Motors is open 8:30 AM Monday through Saturday, and close at 8 PM during the week, 6 PM Fridays and 5 PM on Saturdays. They offer

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Volkswagen, Chevrolet, and Nissan cars. Whether it’s the old 2002 version or the brand new 2018, they have it. Just look at the pre-owned inventory or the new inventory search. Services include oil changes to your car along with brake and tire fixes. Mankato Motors vision is “to be so effective we are able to be helpful to

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others.” Well, they seem to be fulfilling this vision being voted best auto shop in the city. They will go the distance to find you the right car at any expense. Their CarFinder tool allows customers to browse through all the inventory in order to find the perfect match. Have any more questions? Just visit their website and

watch the videos listed under shopping. The company success comes from effective strategies in their price setting. As stated on their website, Mankato Motors listens to their customers and responds accordingly, giving them exactly what they want. Mankato Motors hopes

to continue their success this year and will no doubt be striving to become yet again the best auto shop in Mankato.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 BEST OF MANKATO

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MSU Reporter • 5 2ND PLACE: PUB 500

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3RD PLACE: BOULDER TAP HOUSE

BLUE BRICKS

2018

A perfect hangout with a modern environment DENA SCHEDIVY STAFF WRITER

Need somewhere to go out with friends or co-workers that everyone will enjoy? Blue Bricks is a perfect stop to hang out and unwind! Since 1999, Blue Bricks has been a community favorite and is the perfect destination to grab a bite to eat, watch a game, grab some drinks, play some pool or all of the above! Ironically, the whole building is made of brick with a few blue bricks spread throughout the establishment. Decked out in sports jerseys and famous pictures and posters, they offer an environment for just about everyone. One of the many perks has to be the large lounge area because of

its comfortable seating and open space which is perfect for hanging out! Typically, this has been my friends’ first stop on a Friday or Saturday night because of the “modern and upbeat environment” as well as the delicious food. Having a variety of food, Blue Bricks serves many beers and eatery essentials like burgers, steaks, chicken wings, pasta, greens and most importantly their pizza pies. Some favorites among a majority have been their wide selection of pizzas and burgers. Luckily, they have deals on just about every section of their menu. Set at a reasonable price, you don’t have to say no to their Nachos Grande or their Garlic

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Cheese bread because their starters are a $1 off during Happy Hour. Or if you are in the mood for steak or sirloin, Thursday

nights are perfect because you can take an extra $2 off. One of the many cool aspects of this place has

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MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MANKATO

WINNER 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

BREAKFAST

WEGGY’S ON CAMPUS

2ND PLACE: WAGON WHELL 3RD PLACE: NAKATO BAR & GRILL

A perfect breakfast for Maverick nation CALEB HOLLDORF A&E EDITOR

Weggy’s On Campus is about as perfect of a breakfast spot a college town can get. Located only a block away from the campus on 1600 Warren Street in U square, Weggy’s menu has something waiting for everyone to start their day. Operating with only a five hour break in between days, Sunday - Saturday: 6:00am 1:00am, Weggy’s is open late even to ensure all meal time cravings are satisfied. Weggy’s has a total 17 Tap Beers Available. Their happy hour is running everyday from 2pm to 6pm. Weggy’s offers $2.99 Domestic Scooners and $3.99 Speciality Scooners, as well as .60 cent Buffalo Wings & 1/2 Apps. W e g g y ’s keeps their lineup of beer interesting, changing the tap beers constantly.

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If you’re not craving much of a beer, there is also $3.00 Bloody Marys, $3.00 Screwdrivers all day every day, but if you’re looking to see for a specific beer on hand please call 507-7206633.

There’s always free peanuts in the shell all day every day to munch on while you wait for your meal. Don’t feel like waiting around? Not a problem, Weggy’s makes it possible to even order online.

There are a variety of options no matter the time of day at Weggy’s, breakfast, appetizers, salads and wraps, deli sandwiches, sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, burgers, even a kids menu.

A morning at Weggy’s is bound to be a delightful meal.


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Thursday, February 15, 2018 BEST OF MANKATO

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MANKATO

MSU Reporter • 7 2ND PLACE: CHINA BUFFET

BUFFET

WINNER

3RD PLACE: HYVEE

PIZZA RANCH

2018

Endless options sure to satisfy any cravings AMANDA HINSHAW STAFF WRITER

Are you looking for a quick bite to eat on your lunch break? Are there nights when you are in a rush and you don’t have time to cook? If so, look no further than Pizza Ranch of Mankato. Pizza Ranch has a lot to offer their customers, such as delivery or carryout, online ordering, catering and gluten-sensitive options. This is a welcome relief for those who may be allergic to gluten, but they still like to eat pizza from time to time. On the restaurant’s website, they even offer a nutrition calculator, so you can watch how many calories you are consuming. They are located at 1551 Tullamore St. in Mankato. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For those who want to stop in on their lunch break, their lunch hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price for the buffet during these days of the week is fairly reasonable, as the buffet price is $9.09. While others may be unable to stop in during lunchtime, they are always open during the evenings and weekends. Their hours are 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Their buffet price during the weekend and evening is $10.59. I have never been to the Pizza Ranch in Mankato, but I have been to a Pizza Ranch before and I have always liked their variety of pizzas. Plus, if you want something made for you, you can ask one of the kitchen staff and they can make one for you. I have always gotten the chicken bacon ranch pizza and you can never

go wrong with that. The restaurant also has an arcade for the kids to play in, plus kids can eat free on Tuesday. However, they must be 10 years of age and under, in order for this to qualify. During your visit, you will find an endless “Buffet Your Way” and broasted chicken that

I have never tried, but I have heard from others that it is good. It is 10 minutes away from Sibley Park and Mankato West High School, so it is conveniently located if you are on your way from work or school. If you are going to go with a large party, they have

community rooms that will accommodate 34 people. This would be an ideal location for someone who is celebrating a birthday or just having a get-

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MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MANKATO

Thursday, February 15, 2018 2ND PLACE: CARIBOU COFFEE

COFFEE SHOP

WINNER

3RD PLACE: STARBUCKS

COFFEE HAG

2018

A spunky menu makes this coffee shop one of a kind KATIE LEIBEL STAFF WRITER

Once again, The Coffee Hag wins Best Coffee Shop of Mankato for their quirky and accepting atmosphere and fun-loving employees. Known for their support of local artists and businesses, The Coffee Hag is popular among college students, young adults, and those who appreciate art. Upon entering, the first thing one notices is their eccentric art. One wall displays a local artist’s work for sale. Another has vintage mirrors, colorful canvases, and other trinkets. Their bulletin board, walls and doors are full of posters advertising different events, plays, and activities in the Mankato area, making it a wonderful place to find information on upcoming events. The front counter has many different baked goods, pastas, salads, and

a local chef’s creations. The menu is spunky with creative names for their drinks. One of their most popular drinks for coffeelovers is the Yin-Yang, which combines both white and dark chocolate for a sweet taste to contrast the bitter coffee. Other popular drinks include The Bee’s Knees, named after the addition of honey into the beverage, and their White Mocha. Those that are not coffee-drinkers are in luck. Their hot chocolate is sweet without being overpowering, and they also have an assortment of other coffee-less beverages. Their monster cookies, berry streusel, and cherry chocolate chip muffins are perfect for those with a sweet tooth, while their salads and pastas are savory for those looking for a little something more to munch on. Their drinks are typically $4-5 and their pastries are not too pricey, either.

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Their drinks and dishes are often adorned with little hearts, special foam creations, or a kind message. This along with the accepting atmosphere

help The Coffee Hag to stand out. The establishment is LGBTQ+ friendly, and their employees make a point of making sure that it remains a safe

environment. The door to the bathroom labels it as

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WINNER 2018

HAIR SALON

LIV AVEDA SALON & SPA

MSU Reporter • 9 2ND PLACE: FANTASTIC SAM’S 3RD PLACE: RAYDIANCE SALON

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CALEB HOLLDORF A&E EDITOR

There is no place in Mankato better suited for whatever hair needs you may run into than Liv Aveda You. On the front page of their website, Liv Aveda You’s mission statement reads “Our mission is to provide the highest quality service, in union with the highest quality products for the well-being of our guests and the environment”. You can tell right away that this company cares about their consumers experience by reading this statement. If you visit their website you will find their staff and services divided into subgroups. Each staffing group is divided up by the hair, spa, and massage services Liv

Aveda You’s offers. Aveda also has their own beauty care line that can be found and used during the experience of visiting the salon. According to their website, their products help customers “discover thicker, fuller hair with Invati Advanced, the new and improved Invati system from Aveda – now with once a day application. Invati Advanced includes three revitalizing products for every step of your hair care routine.” Aveda’s hair treatment products are even stated to “reduce hair loss due to breakage with 98% naturally-derived* Invati Advanced. Invati Advanced, with a unique blend of certified organic turmeric and Aveda’s patented bio-fermented

blend, reduces hair loss by 53%**, leaving hair thicker, fuller and more nourished.. Aveda is located at 1839 Adams Street and their phone number is (507) 388-1559. The hours of operation for their business are Sunday 12pm–5pm, Mon–Fri 9am–8pm, and Sat 8am–4pm. On their website you will find a wide range of prices for a haircut depending upon the style you choose to take. There’s also coloring, damaged hair and scalp remedy, highlighting, perms, in fact Live Aveda You has something for whatever changes you want to make. They also do facials, massages, body treatments, spa packages, nail care, body wax and make up. Photo courtesy of facebook.com/livaveda


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MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MANKATO

Thursday, February 15, 2018 2ND PLACE: BLUE BRICKS

HAPPY HOUR

WINNER

3RD PLACE: UMMIE’S

APPLEBEE’S

2018

Half price apps combine with happy hour at Applebees LUCAS TORBORG STAFF WRITER

Applebees may not be exclusive to the city of Mankato, but Mankato locals are sure glad they have one in their town. Applebees is an affordable and tasty restaurant with over 1,990 restaurants in the U.S., but in Mankato, Applebees is most known for its exceptional happy hour. According to the citizens of Mankato via an online poll, Applebees has been chosen as having the best happy hour in town. Applebees happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week. The drink specials during this time consist of 50 percent off drinks as well $3.25 domestic tap beer, $3.50 wine and $4 long islands and margaritas. Those who want to save money, but also want to have a drink are in for a treat this month.

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For only the month of February Applebees is offering $1 Bahama Mama’s, a tropical drink that combines flavors of coconut, cherry, lime and orange with white rum. For those looking for a break after a long day of work or college Applebees’ happy hour is

the place to be. Applebee’s guests who aren’t big drinkers or are under the age of 21, do not worry because Applebees also has an amazing deal on appetizers and entrees during their happy hour. For example, they offer a deal known as two for

twenty which means that one can get two entrées and an appetizer for the low price of $20. Options for the entrée include their cedar grilled lemon chicken, 3 cheeses- Cavatappi, sirloin stir-fry, and many more. Happy hour is a great

opportunity for many to drink and eat for a small fee, but what about those who don’t get off work till 6, when happy hour is over? Don’t panic

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COFFEE SHOP Continued from page 8 HAPPY HOUR Continued from page 10 BAR an all-gender bathroom with a sign that states “Any person may use this restroom regardless of gender identity or expression.” A rainbow flag hangs in a corner of the shop. The customer base clearly appreciates these aspects of their establishment. Their dedication to helping local artists and business, the a t m o s p h e re , kind employees, eccentric art, and quirky furniture has kept this coffee shop in the running for “Best Coffee Shop” for many years. The Coffee Hag has won many local awards from “Best of Mankato,” as well as other contests, and will likely continue to win them for years to come.

The Coffee hag has created a safe environment for all to come and talk, play games, listen to music, or enjoy a pastry and a cup of coffee. The shop is located at 329 N Riverfront Dr, Mankato, MN 56001. Their hours are MondayThursday 6:30a.m.-8p.m., Friday 6:30a.m.-10p.m., Saturday 8a.m.-10p.m., and Sunday 8a.m.-8p.m.

because Applebees also offers their legendary deal called half price appetizers. Half price apps, as the kids like to call it, occurs on weekdays after 9 p.m. until close. It is also offered on weekends from 10 p.m. to close. The appetizers that are offered during this time consist of boneless wings accompanied by a number of sauces, mozzarella sticks, as well as their famous spinach and artichoke dip. Zachary Smith, a junior at Minnesota State University Mankato, is well known across campus as being an Applebee’s super fan. “Half apps

are always nice, but my personal favorite is the triple chocolate meltdown dessert. It is so good I dream about it at night,” said Smith. Applebees, the allAmerican bar and grill, is located at 1900 Adams Street across from the mall. Stop by during the Applebees awardwinning happy hour and maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll see Zachary Smith enjoying his favorite chocolate treat.

to their vision statement. I think it’s great they are providing resources to children that need a quality education, as well as providing their customers with internationally sourced coffee. Furthermore, if you are looking to dine out for a reasonable price, look

no further than the Pizza Ranch of Mankato.

BUFFET Continued from page 7 together. The vision of Pizza Ranch is that they work to glorify God by positively impacting the world and their mission is to give every guest a legendary experience. It turns out that Pizza Ranch is partnered with the Tesfa Foundation and they work to supply

internationally sourced restaurant coffee. By doing so, they are supporting literacy and education for children in Ethiopia. I was never aware that the Pizza Ranch was a part of the Tesfa Foundation, let alone having coffee available, but it is nice to see that they are living up

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Continued from page 5 to be that if you don’t feel like going out, you can order their food for carry out or even for delivery which is conveniently free. Both carry out and delivery are only available from 11 am to Midnight. They even offer a catering service! There are many aspects that can benefit community members who are looking for a good time. On top of their catering, carry out and delivery service, they offer a safe yet fun environment to be in that has drawn people in for the last 19 years. When a business has employees with positive attitudes, it makes the establishment even more inviting prior to its delicious products. Luckily, you’ll find a staff like that at Blue Bricks so hurry on down. Give them a call at 507386-1700 or stop in and grab a table for you and your friends at Blue Bricks!

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WINNER 2018

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LIQUOR STORE MGM WINE & SPIRITS

2ND PLACE: JOSEPH’S LIQUOR 3RD PLACE: HYVEE WINE & SPIRITS

Largest selection at MGM Wine & Spirits CALEB HOLLDORF A&E EDITOR

MGM is one of Mankato’s largest stocked liquor stores, and probably one of the nicest in the area. No matter what the occasion MGM has a spirit for you. On the first page of MGM’s website, store owner Greg Dembouski states “MGM Wine & Spirits is a locally owned and operated business with over 32 franchise locations throughout Central Minnesota. We have been in business for over 35 years, and are committed to offering our customers a great selection at a reasonable price. Visit one of our 40 locations today to see why MGM Wine & Spirits is Minnesota’s largest wine,

liquor, and beer retailer. MGM Wine and Spirits – Why Shop Anywhere Else!” The comfort of buying from a Midwest based liquor store is the friendliness of the staff you feel while visiting the store. They are always eager to help locate whatever product you are looking to purchase. If you catch MGM’s ad they run, they have weekly specials going on you can find online or by also visiting the store yourself. If you do visit MGM’s website prior to visiting the actual store, you will find webpages that give customers wine pairings with different types of meat, as well as an educational page highlighting different types of wines and the aromas to go with them. Recipes for drinks and

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instructions on how to make them like the Green Goblin and Peniciliin, is a friendly gesture that can make the customer want to

return again. MGM is located across from the McDonald’s on Madison Ave. next to the ACE Hardware store, and

are open until 10pm at night.


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LUNCH SPECIALS

WINNER

PAGLIA’S PIZZA

2018

2ND PLACE: JAKES STADIUM PIZZA 3RD PLACE: NAKATO BAR & GRILL

Delicious lunch specials for an unbeatable price MARIO ESCOTO STAFF WRITER

Puglisi’s Pizza has been voted best lunch specials of Mankato, Minnesota! This long-running neighborhood pizzeria offers pizzas, sandwiches, spaghetti, beer, wine and other beverages. Google reviews give this pizzeria 4.6 stars, Facebook gives it 4.7/5 stars, and Foursquare gives it 8.6/10. This means that this pizzeria is best pizza restaurants to eat in Mankato, Minnesota! This pizzeria has been opened since 1969 and can be found at 524 S Front St, Mankato, Minnesota. As a matter of fact, what makes this place greater is the price of their food. You might think that the cost of the food is a foolish statement. However, Puglisi’s Pizza motto is Quality & Quantity this mean that they care about their customer’s satisfaction. They want to make sure that every customer is satisfied with

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the food they are getting at Pagliai’s Pizza. Anyway, their price of food range would be from $8.20-$20.00 and beverages would be from $1.50-$12.00! I know that seems a lot, but once you look at the menu you will understand the food range. Speaking of the menu did you know that Pagliai’s

pizza offers about 43 foods on their menu! That is crazy and great because you can pick and choose whatever food you like or curious to eat. My favorite food from their menu is “Maverick” its toppings are sausage, beef, Canadian bacon, and pepperoni. I am a meat lover, so no vegetables on my meat pizza especially

pineapple. So, the taste of the food was excellent, and everything was fully cooked. I didn’t grab a beverage since I had soda back in my room. But, the food was delicious and spicy as well. In my opinion, I would order the “Maverick” at Pagliai’s Pizza, but everyone has a choice of whatever foods

they love to eat. Anyway, what do people say about this place? On Google reviews maps a lot of people say that place is great, food is tasty, a wonderful place

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MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MANKATO

MSU Reporter • 15 2ND PLACE: LA TERRAZA

MEXICAN CUISINE

WINNER

3RD PLACE: ZANZ

MAZATLAN

2018

Mazatlan once again proves authentic CALEB HOLLDORF A&E EDITOR

Probably one of the best tasting foods for the money you spend on it, for the name of the restaurant even has ‘authentic” in it, El Mazatlan Authentic Mexican Restaurant Mankato is one of the town’s most beloved restaurants. Located at 1525 Tullamore St., Mazatlan offers a variety of drink specials and amazing food to have you coming back again and again. A video online takes you through El Mazatlan story, but at the bottom of their website it explains, “El Mazatlan Restaurant opened in 2003 with a vision of bringing authentic Mexican food to Mankato, Minnesota. Combining affordable quality meals and drinks, a hard working staff, and a unique atmosphere makes El Mazatlan “Mankato’s best”. It’s hard to argue with

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your face drowning in a large margarita fish bowl priced half off its normal listing. El Mazatlan prides itself on quality over quantity, and this reflects why they have year in and year out taken home

Mankato’s best authentic Mexican restaurant. If you haven’t had the chance to visit yet, I suggest you do. They have drink specials running throughout the week, yet their most

notorious item is the half priced fish bowls that are available on Thursday. With drink and food specials nearly every night of the week, there isn’t much of an excuse not to give Mazatlan a

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2018

A family based business provess successful eatery, catering to the eating comforts of his customers. They pride themselves in a creative, comfortable and casual atmosphere that caters to every customer’s needs. The address is 1028 Riverfront Drive, their hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Friday/Saturday 11:00 am through 10:00 pm. They provide food, drink, and catering. They are a family-friendly restaurant with a wellrounded menu that contains something for everyone. Check them out and enjoy.

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This is a family-oriented restaurant, owned by the descendant of a Greek immigrant, Michael Papageorge, who arrived in Chicago around the turn of the 20th Century. The family began the business several years after coming to America, and after changing their last name to Pappas, the original restaurant name. Some years later they opened a restaurant in Rochester Minnesota under the name Michaels. A second Michaels was opened in Mankato in the 1960’s. In 1982 J. Pappas and partner opened another restaurant and saloon called Maggie’s Saloon and Café where they

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worked together until the establishment was sold in May of 2006. In September of 2007, the

younger Jay opened the present Pappageorge restaurant in honor of his great great Grandfather

and their original family name. Jay (flip) Pappas has carefully created a classic

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MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MANKATO

MSU Reporter • 17 2ND PLACE: JAKE’S STADIUM PIZZA

PIZZA

WINNER

3RD PLACE: DINO’S PIZZERIA

PAGLIAI’S PIZZA

2018

Mankato’s oldest pizzeria keeps cooking CALEB HOLLDORF A&E EDITOR

Tradition is a difficult past time to argue against when it comes to Pagliai’s pizza. The restaurant has been around since 1969, proving the family’s recipe can withstand the test of time. In fact, Pagliai’s Pizza is the oldest pizzeria in Mankato, as well as one of the city’s oldest buildings. This pizza joint has been around so long they can create any combination of pizza almost imaginable, from a pizza with the works to a maverick to a garden. Pagliai’s even has sandwiches and other items, like salads and pasta, for those who are not up to eating a Pagliai’s pizza. Pagliai’s takes pride in their restaurant and chop

only the freshest meat and vegetables daily to ensure the best tasting pizza. It’s hard to believe no one would want their pizza though, as some people love it so much, Stacey said this on their website. “We actually drive from the Twin Cities back to Mankato to eat at Pagliai’s. At our latest trip we discussed why we liked the pizza and determined it was the sauce, the crust, and even the ingredients! It is all delicious! The pepperoni pizza is definitely a classic but the specialty pizzas are also good. I recently tried the new southwest bbq chicken pizza and loved that one too! We usually end up ordering more than one and sharing since it is so hard to decide. They offer a small selection of beers and also have hoagies - but

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I go for the pizza. If you want a fancy restaurant this isn’t the place. If you want a fun place for pizza and conversation - then this is perfect! - Stacey P, Judy’s book. A Yahoo local also had these words to say on Pagliai’s website, “Best

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MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MANKATO

Thursday, February 15, 2018 2ND PLACE: NAILS BY JORDAN

NAIL SALON

WINNER

3RD PLACE: TT NAILS

LIV AVEDA SALON & SPA

2018

No better place for a spa than Liv Aveda OLUWATOMIKE BALI STAFF WRITER

It’s that time of the year where top businesses in Mankato are being voted in an online poll and this year liv Aveda has been awarded the best nail salon. Liv Aveda has earned another award this year has the best nail salon in Mankato. Liv Aveda offers a variety of services ranging from hair care, body treatment, spa, and facials. Liv Aveda offers a wonderful experience for hands and feet (pedicure and manicure), there are professionals trained to give you “gentle cleanse and exfoliation”, proper care of the nails and cuticles, and a seaweed masque which leaves your skin smooth and toned. Their nail service includes a spa manicure which goes for about $40.00, a gel polish spa manicure for the price of $55.00, a spa pedicure for $55.00, gel polish spa pedicure for $75.00, nail

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polish change for hands for the price of $20.00, and polish change for toes for a price of $25.00. They also run services for a perfecting hand plant peel for $10.00; you might want to exfoliate your skin and enjoy an aromatic neck and shoulder massage for that price. Their eco-fin moisturizing hand or foot

treatment goes for the price of $10.00 each or 15.00 together. Liv Aveda runs a pretty fair price for their nail care services and they are definitely worth every buck they charge. Their staff ratings and customer review is very impressive as they know what customers want and will do anything to help them get it. Their staff are also very welcoming and

will make you leave with a smile. For your next manicure and pedicure visit, you might want to take a stop at liv Aveda salon and spa situated at 1839 Adams Street Mankato, MN 56001. Walk-ins are accepted. You can also schedule an appointment by giving them a call on 5073881559 It is open Monday

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MSU Reporter • 19 2ND PLACE: POTBELLY SANDWICH

SUB SHOP

3RD PLACE: JIMMY JOHN’S

JERSEY MIKE’S

Have it ‘Mike’s Way’ at two Mankato Jersey Mike’s locations GABE HEWITT EDITOR IN CHIEF

Jersey Mike’s excels in making sub sandwiches and any menu choice proves that. The business has had a long time to perfect its craft. Since 1956, Jersey Mike’s has created over 1200 locations and Mankato is home to two of them. Visit the uptown location when you’re finished shopping in the River Hills Mall area or visit the other location in Downtown Mankato. Jersey Mike’s has several signature style subs that are great options for first timers. From chicken Caesar to buffalo chicken and veggie, Jersey Mike’s offers something for everyone. Customers have the option to make their subs the “Mike’s way.” This means your sub will have sliced onions, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, oregano, salt and a signature juice. Tell the Jersey Mike’s worker that you want your sub the

“Mike’s way” and they’ll know what you’re talking about. The workers at Jersey Mike’s are another level of friendly. Walk into either Mankato location and you’ll feel a sense of camaraderie among the workers that spreads positively into their customer service. One feature that makes Jersey Mike’s unique is its griller. Customers can have their sub ingredients grilled like meats, vegetables and cheese. It’s perfect if you’re in the mood for a hot or cold sub. Both hot and cold options have over a dozen menu item subs available to order. Customers, of course, have the option to eat in store or take their food to go. But Jersey Mike’s also does catering. Customers can order subs by the bulk or in personalized boxes that include a sub, drink, chips and cookies. The Jersey Mike’s website has an intuitive order system

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that makes the catering process simple. Signing up for Jersey’s Mike’s “Shore Points” rewards programs earns customers points for the subs they purchase that can exchanged for menu items once enough have been accumulated. Additionally, customers

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can sign up for a text service to receive special offers from the sub masters. The two Mankato locations are also a part of the 2017-18 Reporter coupon card and with it, customers can get a free drink and chips with the purchase of any regular size sub.

If you’re in the mood for a sub, Jersey Mike’s has you covered. They’ve got two convenient locations in Mankato that offer everything you might be

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WINNER 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018 2ND PLACE: GOODWILL

THRIFT STORE

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Throw out your wardrobe and restock at MRCI KATIE LEIBEL STAFF WRITER

The MRCI Thrift Store has won “Best Thrift Store,” for its mission to help those in our community that are disabled or disadvantaged. They provide cheap goods to those who shop at the store and allow those who donate to help the community. MRCI stands for Mankato Rehabilitation Center Inc. The Store’s website boasts of helping the community for over five decades. Their website states, “The MRCI Thrift Shop began with a 1963 rummage sale that just kept going and growing. With more than 30 volunteers, the first shop was opened June 15, 1964, in downtown Mankato. Today, more than 110 men and women regularly volunteer their time sorting, pricing, and selling items.” The shop provides a wide array of goods to

the public. Its vast array of goods makes it stand out as there is something for everyone in this store. From hats and jewelry to movies, books, and furniture, this store has it all. They have aisles full of trinkets, knick-knacks, serving trays, plates, and so much more. One thing that makes this store perfect is its location. Located at 111 Sioux Road Mankato, MN 56001, it is only a few miles from Minnesota State University, Mankato. College students can come here to pick up cheap clothes, pots and pans, and other essentials to start off their lives in their new home away from home. Members of the community from all walks of life have come to this store to donate, shop, and volunteer. The children’s section is never empty, and typically has about two or three kids looking through the toys and stuffed animals while their parents shop

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for furniture, clothing, and everything else this shop has to offer. The store has something for every season with seasonal gifts and items for the upcoming holidays: Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter. Their card section has an assortment of cards for birthdays, holidays, and “thinking of

you,” messages for thirty cents. This is a steal for those who want to show their love to others without emptying their bank account. MRCI Thrift Store is a bargain hunter’s dream come true with everything listed at rock-bottom prices, while still providing

a profit for the store to help the community. It allows for cheap entertainment, fun decorations, and newto-you clothes that leave customers with a good feeling in their hearts and

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MSU Reporter • 21 2ND PLACE: TAV ON THE AVE

WINGS

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3RD PLACE: BLUE BRICKS

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

2018

Wonderful customer service makes you feel at home MADDIE DIEMERT STAFF WRITER

If you’re looking somewhere to eat in Mankato, look no further than Buffalo Wild Wings. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to get good food in a very casual atmosphere. The chain is famous for its chicken wings and its sports-friendly environment, complete with plasmas playing games for customers. Buffalo Wild Wings, also known as B-DUBs, is located off North Victory Drive, on St. Andrews Drive. The dine-in hours are from 11 in the morning to 12 in the morning on weekdays. On weekends you can dine-in from 11 in the morning to one in the morning. You can also place orders to pick up. You can complete the order through their website or call them. They offer not only a variety of traditional and boneless wings, but also

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sandwiches, burgers, wraps, sides like mac and cheese, and chicken tenders and much more. There is also a kid’s menu complete with choices like mini corn dogs, a cheeseburger, wings, and chicken tenders. The restaurant also offers desserts, like fudge

cake, cheesecake bites, dessert nachos, and loaded ice cream. They also offer their signature milkshakes to drink, along with Pepsi products, Izze juice, water, tea, and a variety of beers. There is also a “Party” section in their menu, which offers a whole plate

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for going out with a large group of friends and game days. The promotions that are offered are also great if you want to go out to eat but want to spend a minimal amount of money. If you’re feeling like you need more than just a few wings, on Thursdays you can get traditional wings for half off, all day. There is also a lunch promotion available Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm. You can get one entrée and one side for a discounted price. It’s a great choice if you’re needing a cheap but worth-while lunch. B-DUBs offers amazing customer service and you will never have to wait longer than 10 minutes to be seated. The staff checks in with their tables every so often to make sure you are satisfied and content and are always available if you

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 2ND PLACE: YMCA

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The fitness for 10 has been voted in as 2018 Best Workout Facility in Mankato by an online poll. It is not easy to hunt out the right gym or fitness center which can satisfy all of your needs, but Fitness for 10 is the most influential fitness center which offers a wide range of amenities and equipment with various workout programs in Mankato. The Fitness for 10, located at 1351 Madison Ave., is well-known for its newest facilities as well as the most affordable fitness center 24 hours a day, Monday through Thursday. According to its official website, the fitness center features a large variety of cardio and strength equipment as well as free weights, stretching, and personal training areas for $10 per month. The most basic membership, which is “Basic $10 per month” includes; cardio equipment, strength equipment, free weights, clean locker room with showers, 12 month minimum term and no commitment after first year. Besides state-of-the-art equipment, the Fitness for 10 provides VIPs and Studio members with a brand-new spa, which offers unlimited tanning, red light therapy, hydro massage and the private combination lockers. VIP members are allowed to bring another guest to the fitness center at any time. The VIP membership is available for $19.99 per month, which includes; basic membership benefits plus ulimited tanning, guest privileges, unlimited hydro massages, 12 month minimum term, no commitment after first, year, unlimited red light therapy, XGT room access, and spa lockers.


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p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

THRIFT STORE Continued from page 20 pockets when they step in the door. MRCI Thrift Store is always looking for new volunteers or donations. To sign up or donate, visit their website, http:// www.mrcithriftshop.com/

index.html where you can also shop online and browse their inventory. Their store hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9a.m.-6p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 8

WINGS Continued from page 21 p.m., and Sundays from noon-5p.m.

LUNCH SPECIAL Continued from page 14 to stop for pizza and staffs were wonderful people. They even said the atmosphere was good and tables were always clean. Hell, even some of them said that the price of the food was reasonable and good for everyone. My favorite quote was from Ermias Asfaw said “This place is as old as the town, but the food is unforgettable. I visit this place with the kids often. I highly recommend it.” Like, again the store opened in 1969 and it is still a place that new generation love to eat. In the end, the food was excellent, the atmosphere was good, and the tables were clean. I would highly recommend anyone to eat their food. If you haven’t eaten their food I would first try their pizza sauce to understand the flavor. Then, you can choose your favorite pizza to eat.

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variety of food and drink and you’ll never want to eat anywhere else again. It is truly Mankato’s best.


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