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Best New Restaurants 2014

Tons of new talent and ideas are raising the bar on our already-happening local eating scene.

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Corner Table | Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Corner Table

4537 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-823-0011

Corner Table has evolved into one of the best neighborhood eateries in town. Under the ownership and reign of Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone, it has become refined but humble and satisfying. A true find. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Sweet potato agnolotti with squash blossoms at Cosmos

Cosmos

Loews Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1168

The fine dining restaurant in the Loews, Cosmos is a staggeringly beautiful room with a sophisticated vibe. The menu offers chef-driven dishes and tasting menus that are spot-on. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Cossetta Pasticceria in St. Paul

Cossetta Alimentari

211 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3476

After the remodel, it's still loud, rollicking, and homey in an Italian-American sort of way. It serves up some mean red-sauce standards from the pizzeria/cafeteria and now has a full-service rooftop dining room called Louis. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian, Pizza |

Pasta at Coup d'Etat in Uptown, Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Coup d'Etat

2923 Girard Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-3575

The same rising star cooking team that lead Borough to citywide acclaim ventures to Uptown with a giant space and comfortable menu. A standout cocktail program led by Jesse Held shines. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

CōV Wayzata | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

CōV Wayzata

700 Lake St. E., Wayzata, 952-473-5253

Seafood plates that draw inspiration from traditional eastern seaboard dishes, Cov takes on the former Sunsets on Lake Minnetonka with upscale aplomb. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Seafood |

Crave

Crave

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-854-5000

The stylish and well-heeled love Crave for its vibe and broad menu. It serves everything, from wood-oven pizzas to roasted meats to sushi to pastas. It's all smartly plated and served in a warm, buzzy space with lots of stone and water and fire. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

Crave

Crave

1603 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-933-6500

The stylish and well-heeled love Crave for its vibe and broad menu. It serves everything, from wood-oven pizzas to roasted meats to sushi to pastas. It's all smartly plated and served in a warm, buzzy space with lots of stone and water and fire. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

Crave

Crave

825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-332-1133

The stylish and well-heeled love Crave for its vibe and broad menu. It serves everything, from wood-oven pizzas to roasted meats to sushi to pastas. It's all smartly plated and served in a warm, buzzy space with lots of stone and water and fire. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

Crave

Crave

Galleria, Edina, 952-697-6000

The stylish and well-heeled love Crave for its vibe and broad menu. It serves everything, from wood-oven pizzas to roasted meats to sushi to pastas. It's all smartly plated and served in a warm, buzzy space with lots of stone and water and fire. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

Cravings Wine Bar & Grille

755 Bielenberg Dr., Woodbury, 651-528-6828

From the same family that brought Cravings Cafe to White Bear Lake. This location is more sophisticated with a large wine list and a focus on local and organic foods. Continue Reading

$$$ | Wine Bar |

Affogato at Crema Cafe in Minneapolis

Crema Café

3403 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-824-3868

More than a stop for homemade Sonny's ice cream, Crema serves simple Italian street food, made from many local and organic ingredients. Seasonal hours. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Italian |

Afghani football pizza from Crescent Moon in Northeast Minneapolis

Crescent Moon Pizza

1517 Como Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-767-3313

Crescent Moon, the well-known bakery in Nordeast, opened this pizza shop offshoot in the U of M area. The specialty of the house is Afghan football pizza, which comes in an oblong shape and topped with bright and flavorful ingredients, such as Afghan beef, spinach, even gyros. Continue Reading

$$ | Middle Eastern, Pizza |

Crescent Moon Restaurant

2339 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-782-0169

Featuring courtyard ambience with murals and Persian rugs, this bakery offers marinated shami kebabs, tikka kebabs, and gyros. Continue Reading

$$ | Middle Eastern |

Crooked Pint Ale House

501 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-877-6900

Boasting one of the biggest screens in town and a popping live-music stage, this joint plays to sports fans, movie clubs, and groups looking for a decent burger, a nice list of beer, and a good time. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Sandwich from Crossroads Delicatessen in Minnetonka, MN

Crossroads Delicatessen

2795 Hedberg Dr., Minnetonka, 952-546-6595

In a please-all-the-people effort, Crossroads offers deli favorites, all-day breakfast, fresh-baked breads, a Sunday brunch buffet, burgers, quesadillas, steaks, ribs, and seafood. Continue Reading

$$ | Deli |

Cupcake owner Kevin VanDeraa stands inside his bakery

Cupcake

3338 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-378-4818

Before cupcakes went all crazy trendy, Cupcake was around with fun little cakes and a solid café menu with house-baked bread. Continue Reading

$ | American, Bakery |

Cupcake owner Kevin VanDeraa stands inside his bakery

Cupcake

Mall of America, Bloomington, 612-378-4818

Before cupcakes went all crazy trendy, Cupcake was around with fun little cakes (try the chocolatey Clair Huxtable) and a solid cafe menu. Continue Reading

$ | American, Bakery |

Cupcake owner Kevin VanDeraa stands inside his bakery

Cupcake

181 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-528-8278

Before cupcakes went all crazy trendy, Cupcake was around with fun little cakes and a solid cafe menu with house baked bread. Continue Reading

$ | American, Bakery |

Cupcake owner Kevin VanDeraa stands inside his bakery

Cupcake

1565 Cliff Rd., Eagan, 651-340-6214

Before cupcakes went all crazy trendy, Cupcake was around with fun little cakes and a solid cafe menu with house baked bread. Continue Reading

$ | American, Bakery |

D'Amico and Sons

Several metro locations,

These budget-conscious, quick-service, kid-friendly spots from the D'Amicos make fast food good food. The under-$10 fare�such as the pizzas, salads, pastas, and homemade pastries�are a cut above. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Italian |

Dancing Ganesha

Dancing Ganesha

1100 Harmon Place, Mpls., 612-338-1877

Dancing Ganesha is a contemporary Indian restaurant. The menu includes traditional favorites as well as new dishes, such as the Portuguese-inspired lobster peri-peri. Buffet lunch during the week. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian |

Dangerfield's

1583 1st Ave. E., Shakopee, 952-445-2245

Overlooking the Minnesota River, this modern supper club has six dining rooms and offers Black Angus prime rib, scampi, pastas, salads, steak, sandwiches, and seafood. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Darbar India Grill

Darbar India Grill

1221 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-822-3300

The contemporary eatery has placed its tandoori oven in full view and employed clean and modern decor, sans sleepy sitar music. Creative cocktails set it above the average Indian restaurant. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian |

Dari-ette Drive In

1440 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul, 651-776-3470

St. Paul's spring is announced by the opening of this decades-old drive in. Its old school Italian-American fare is as relevant as the ice cream. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers, Italian |

Davanni's

Several metro locations,

Since 1983, this local pizza chain has been known chiefly for its chewy, thick pizzas slathered in toppings and for generous hoagies, piled high and dripping with a special sauce. Continue Reading

$ | Italian, Pizza |