Best of the Twin Cities 2012: Eat + Drink

From pizza to pancakes, here’s our top food face-offs in old-school versus new school eats. Plus, the best food trend that’s here to stay and the best kids meals in town.

Best of the Twin Cities 2012:  Eat + Drink

Best Trend That’s Here to Stay: Small Plates

Nearly every current restaurant and every hot cuisine has a small plates offering that goes way beyond the appetizer tradition of sharing nachos.


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Victory 44

Beets
CAMDEN

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Bar La Grassa

Lobster and scrambled eggs bruschetta
NORTH LOOP

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Masu

Bay scallop and squash tempura with avocado, shiso, and lotus root
NORTHEAST MPLS.

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Tilia

Polenta gnocchi, meatballs
LINDEN HILLS

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Piccolo

Brioche and foie gras gateau
SOUTH MPLS.

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Chino Latino

Chinese BBQ spare ribs
UPTOWN


Food Face-Off

GO CLASSIC, OLD-SCHOOL, OR TRY SOMETHING NEW

Old School

BEST BAR SAMMIE

Mayslack's garlic beef (a two-handed monster)

BEST BURGER

Lion's Tap double cheese (jaw hinges required)

BEST PIZZA

Red's Savoy pepperoni slice (it’s the sauce)

BEST PANCAKES

Al's walnut blueberry cakes (yes, worth the wait)

BEST BAKERY

French Meadow (fresh local flour means something)

BEST RIBS

Ted Cook's 19th Hole (tender and succulent with its own built-in handle)

BEST RIBS

Meritage (oyster purists’ pure heaven)

New School

BEST BAR SAMMIE

1029's lobster roll (a Smack Shack gift)

BEST BURGER

Blue Door's Juicy Blucy (redefining a category)

BEST PIZZA

Pizzeria Lola'sLady ZaZa (kimchi belongs on pizza forevermore)

BEST PANCAKES

Haute Dish sourdough griddle cakes (with triple crème brie, good morning)

BEST BAKERY

Patisserie 46 (like a Parisian wonderland)

BEST RIBS

Q Fanatic (pay extra for the pepper vodka sauce)

BEST RAW BAR

Sea Change (oysters with juniper ginger emulsion)


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