Lake Nokomis doesn’t bask in the spotlight that soaks its Chain of Lakes siblings. Then again, Isles, Calhoun and Harriet don’t have Sandcastle. Piccolo chef Doug Flicker’s crowd-pleasing concession stand delights beachgoers with a witty, creative and affordable menu. Try the kimchi- and fried egg-topped hot dogs, the brightly acidic gazpacho or the thirst-quenching aguas frescas. Coming in 2014: Soft serve ice cream, Flicker-style. Vanilla with olive oil and sea salt, anyone? 4955 W. Lake Nokomis Pkwy., Mpls.; sandcastlempls.com

Runner-up: Bread & Pickle, Lake Harriet