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Best Restaurants 2014

The inside story of the 50 Best Restaurants in the Twin Cities right now.

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Wings from St. Paul's :DSpot

:D-Spot

705 Century Ave. N., Maplewood, 651-730-7768

It's the little wings joint that could. Chef Darin Koch has more than 85 flavors of wings on his menu, running from pesto to ginger, from curry to Fruity Pebbles. There's also a righteous burger menu. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Tagliatelle with foie gras meatballs at 112 Eatery

112 Eatery

112 N. 3rd St., Mpls., 612-343-7696

This small, chic eatery is the perfect setting for James Beard award-winning chef Isaac Becker's upscale take on a neighborhood restaurant. 112 is a sophisticated spot serving bold food with modern approach. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

128 Café

128 Café

128 Cleveland Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-645-4128

Max Thompson has taken over this old familiar basement eatery and given it a fresh, cheffy eye. You can still find the ribs you're looking for, but also try some braised beef cheeks, barbacoa tamales, or anything hit with housemade Twang hot sauce. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

3 Squares

12690 Arbor Lakes Pkwy., Maple Grove, 763-425-3330

Blue Plate's suburban version of the urban diner is big on comfort food, craft beer, and a stylish atmosphere with family-friendly vibes. It's a nice local option in a sea of chains. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

318 Cafe

318 Cafe

318 Water St., Excelsior, 952-401-7902

Excelsior has a place where hipster parents can remember the good old days. At 318, they can escape their homes and cram into a cozy coffeehouse/wine bar for some great live music and scratch-made soups, sandwiches, and appetizers. Continue Reading

$ | American, Wine Bar |

508 Bar + Restaurant

508 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-339-0036

Mostly thought of as one of the popular watering holes of First Avenue, this one has a menu that tries a little harder. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

50's Grill

5524 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, 763-560-4947

Fifties feel, right down to the poodle skirts and living room-style lobby. Old-fashioned dinners include homemade meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and roast turkey, plus amazing homemade pies and cakes. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

5120 Restaurant & Onyx Bar

Country Inn Suites & Hotel, 5120 American Blvd. W., Bloomington, 952-698-4864

This independently owned restaurant in a suburban hotel has some interesting touches to the menu. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

5-8 Club

5-8 Club

5800 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-823-5858

The 5-8 claims the original Juicy Lucy but also offers a large list of specialty burgers, including the saucier Saucy Sally, and basket dinners that are always served with friendliness and efficiency. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

5-8 Club

5-8 Tavern & Grill

2289 Minnehaha Ave. E., Maplewood, 651-735-5858

The 5-8 claims the original Juicy Lucy but also offers a large list of specialty burgers, including the saucier Saucy Sally, and basket dinners that are always served with friendliness and efficiency. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

5-8 Club

5-8 Tavern & Grill

6251 Douglas Ct. N., Champlin, 763-425-5858

The 5-8 claims the original Juicy Lucy but also offers a large list of specialty burgers, including the saucier Saucy Sally, and basket dinners that are always served with friendliness and efficiency. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

7th Street Social

2176 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-330-4688

West 7th has a new hang that's cooking comfort foods and pouring big drinks in that neo-supperclub way. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

98 Pounds Buffet

98 Pounds Buffet

824 W. 98th St., Bloomington, 952-881-1088

This buffet restaurant packs a one-two punch: steamer tables full of hot Chinese food, with nearly every dish you can think of, and cold tables stacked with fat sushi rolls. It's an all-you-can-eat feast, so adjust your quality meters accordingly. Continue Reading

$$ | Chinese, Japanese |

A Baker's Wife

4200 28th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-729-6898

$ | Bakery |

A La Salsa

Midtown Global Market, 920 Lake St., Mpls., 612-872-4140

The MGM is the home to this full-service casual Mexican eatery, which shares many dishes with its sister restaurant Salsa a la Salsa. Continue Reading

$ | Mexican |

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Acqua

8241 North Shore Tr. N., Forest Lake, 651-464-6130

Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar sits on the northern shore of Forest Lake with a great deck. The rustic Italian menu and upscale setting courts many local fans. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

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Acqua

4453 Lake Ave. S., White Bear Lake, 651-407-7317

Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar sits on the shores of White Bear Lake with a great deck. The rustic Italian menu and upscale setting courts many local fans, plus it stays open late on weekends. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Adele's Frozen Custard

800 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior, 952-470-0035

Adele's is the premier frozen custard site in the western 'burbs. Every batch of creamy goodness is made daily onsite; just check the online flavor calendar to plan your visit. It also serves hot dogs and sandwiches, which can be eaten quickly. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers, Ice Cream |

Afton House Inn

3291 St. Croix Tr. S., Afton, 651-436-8883

In a historic building on the St. Croix, the Afton House Inn gives you many options: American classic fine dining in the Wheel Room, modern casual at Current, even light snacks and vino at Swirl Wine Bar. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

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Aji Japanese Restaurant

712 Main St., Hopkins, 952-358-3558

A modern Japanese eatery offering sushi, sashimi, bento boxes, hibachi grill items, and a big lunch buffet, all at reasonable prices. Continue Reading

$$ | Japanese |

Aki's Bread Haus

2506 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-578-7897

This German-style bakery serves up traditional oat bread, pastries, and salty, airy pretzels in a tiny space. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Al and Alma's Supper Club

5201 Piper Rd., Mound, 952-472-3098

Designed as a Nantucket-style waterfront restaurant, this year-round eatery serves up steaks and seafood and charters dinner cruises on Lake Minnetonka. Summer boat brunch. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Seafood |

Al Baker's Classic Americana

3434 Washington Dr., Eagan, 651-454-9000

Casual dining in a nostalgic atmosphere. Entr�es include ribs, chicken, steak, burgers, and Mexican dishes. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

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al Vento

5001 34th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-724-3009

Warm and upscale, this Italian trattoria, in a part of town thin on options, prides itself on its scratch cooking, from housemade mozzarella to fresh pasta. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Al's Breakfast

413 14th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-331-9991

It's considered a rite of passage for U of M students and pancake-o-philes of any age. Go to Al's, stand behind the row of 14 counter seats occupied by lucky eaters, and wait patiently for your turn to dig into the legendary blueberry-walnut cakes. Bring cash and a willingness to slide your whole breakfast down a seat if they ask. A landmark. Continue Reading

$ | American |