Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants 2012

Our annual critics' picks of the top eateries in the Twin Cities



Don’t count lunch out. It doesn’t have to be a bad salad in the skyway now that the Walker’s Gather is here to bring fun to the midday meal. Plates are creative and terrifically satisfying with little kicks of flavor, like the sweet corn empanadas with a smoky ancho tomato sauce. If you’re set on dinner, Thursday nights will have to do, but don’t skip the guest chefs’ creations that change monthly.
1750 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-253-3410,

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La Belle Vie

A stalwart fixture in local fine dining, LBV keeps trucking. Tim McKee’s baby is entrusted to chef du cuisine Mike DeCamp (aka Young Chef or YC) on a nightly basis, a smart decision. His tasting menus get raves for the creative, forward glimpse he gives to French-Mediterranean fare. And, of course, the lounge remains one of the best rewards to which one can treat oneself.
510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440,

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