Need a reason to wake up in the morning? Or an excuse to eat with your fingers? How about help in finding that perfect spot to hide from the world?

Our first-ever Best Of list offers plenty of reasons, excuses and out-of-the-way finds that will both inform and entertain. In addition to our Best Of picks, we've asked others in the know to share their personal bests as well.

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-Get out of the doghouse gift
-Place to get a cavity
-Place to satisfy your caffeine craving
-Place to pamper your pooch
-Reason to wake up at 5 a.m.
-Green Bay Packer besides Brett Favre
-Place to pick up speed
-Brave a wall of cigarette smoke
-Way to shun the low-carb lifestyle
-Dressed Milwaukeean
-Reason to spend $8.50 for a movie
-Best pub popcorn
-Reason to ignore the raunchy smell
-Way to beat the fall chill
-Place to spot a mullet
-Reason to overcome your fear of heights
-Best dog park
-Neighborhood to bar hop
-Place for comfort food
-Mall Santa
-Milwaukee Brewer; Lyle Overbay
-Reason to be a cheesehead
-Reason to risk plunging into lake Michigan
-Place to find a golden oldie
-Place to procure a meat cleaver
-Place to assume a new identity
-Reason to eat an apple a day
-Tourist spot where even locals like to go
-Place to rack your balls
-Missed Milwaukeean
-Best place to hide from the world

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Contributing writers: Laurie Arendt, Kay Dahlke, Jordan DeChambre, Candace Doyle, Bob Gosman, Matt Hronick, JoAnn Petaschnick, Janet Raasch, Mary Lou Santovec, Amy Siewert Contributing photographers: Nathan Harrmann, Amy Siewert
Illustrations: Anjl Rodee