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The Forty-Four Best Bars

Our favorite Twin Cities spots for craft cocktails, brown booze, and wines that warm your night.

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Pancakes topped with butter and walnuts at Colossal Cafe

Colossal Café

2315 Como Ave., St. Paul, 651-797-4027

These teensy cafés serve up huge satisfaction. The house specialty flapper, a yeasted pancake filled with whipped cream and other delights, will kill your hunger while staying sweet to your wallet. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Common Roots Café

Common Roots Café

2558 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-2360

The community-oriented spot serves up dense, chewy, and flavorful homemade bagels. An easy list of soups, salads, and sandwiches made from local and fair-trade ingredients rounds out the menu. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Deli |

Como Dockside

1360 Lexington Pkwy. N., St. Paul, 651-666-9491

The pavilion alongside Lake Como serves up a Southern-style menu, with po' boys and seafood boils perfect for summertime sampling. And full bar in a park! Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Convention Grill

3912 Sunnyside Rd., Edina, 952-920-6881

One of Edina's favorite family haunts. The homemade burgers, fries, and malts are often top-notch. Real diner atmosphere and the option of counter service are added bonuses. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |

Cook St. Paul restaurant | Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Cook St. Paul

1124 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-756-1787

Eddie Wu took the old Serlin's Cafe on Payne and made it into a brighter, fresher neighborhood gathering space. Breakfast and lunch bring classic but thoughtful diner dishes (Monte Cristo! Chicken wild rice soup!) plus a few surprises like a Korean pancake and bibimbap. The house hot sauce is outta sight. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Co-op Creamery Cafe

2601 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls., 612-230-5575

If you think co-op food is nothing but granola and tofu, please report to the Seward Co-op's Creamery Cafe. Helmed by chef Lucas Almendinger, the small spot turns out creative and smart dishes made from the same great ingredients on the co-op shelves down the street. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Green Ox Charcuterie Platter at Cooper Pub

Cooper Pub

1607 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-698-2000

The West End pub is decked out with gorgeous woodwork imported from Europe, but the menu is less fancy, focusing on humble Irish food and family-friendly American favorites. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Irish |

Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen in Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

2515 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-872-2221

A cute little bakery and cafe on Eat Street with all the farm-to-table chic you can handle: chunky beams, mason jars, chalkboard flourishes. Best gluten-free cupcake in town, plus hearty and real breads, a fantastic burger, and a new round of cocktails to bring you back. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Bakery |

Exterior of Copper Pot Indian Grill in Minneapolis, MN

Copper Pot Indian Grill

10 S. 5th St., Mpls., 612-331-5577

$$ | Indian |

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 beautiful room with a sophisticated vibe. Under new chef Tim Fischer, the food is high-minded and technique driven, but familiar and approachable. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Cossetta Pasticceria in St. Paul

Cossetta Alimentari

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

It's loud, rollicking, and homey in an Italian-American sort of way, serving up some mean red sauce standards from the pizzeria/cafeteria and bigger, fancier plates from the 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

Uptown's classy joint has gorgeous lighting, a see-and-be-seen center bar, two levels of dining, copious outdoor space and a refreshing lack of dudebros. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

CōV Wayzata | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

CoV Wayzata

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

Packed from the get-go, Dean Vlahos's lakeside Wayzata eatery has the chic stylings of a Nantucket boathouse. The accessible menu won't wow you, but it's satisfying and prepared well. The summer scene is hot. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Seafood |

A server at Crave at Shops at West End in St. Louis Park

Crave

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-854-5000

With several locations locally, and more abroad, these easy-going eateries deliver on vibe and style, with a menu that stays accessible and familiar. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

A server at Crave at Shops at West End in St. Louis Park

Crave

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

With several locations locally, and more abroad, these easy-going eateries deliver on vibe and style, with a menu that stays accessible and familiar. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

People dancing on the rooftop of Crave in downtown Minneapolis

Crave

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

With several locations locally, and more abroad, these easy-going eateries deliver on vibe and style, with a menu that stays accessible and familiar. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

A server at Crave at Shops at West End in St. Louis Park

Crave

Galleria, Edina, 952-697-6000

With several locations locally, and more abroad, these easy-going eateries deliver on vibe and style, with a menu that stays accessible and familiar. 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 |

Crescent Moon Bakery

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 |

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 |

Burger and fries at Crooked Pint Ale House

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 |

Crooners Lounge and Supper Club

6161 Hwy. 65 NE, Mpls., 763-571-9020

Live music nightly in the lounge is the main attraction here, alongside classic cocktails and supper club-style fare. 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

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 |