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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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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 |

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 |

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 |

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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

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

$ | American, Bakery |

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Cupcake

3338 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 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

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

$ | American, Bakery |

Curran's

4201 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-822-5327

Since 1948, Curran's has occupied the corner of Nicollet and 42nd. The family dining icon serves all-day breakfasts and a bevy of comfortable favorites such as meatloaf, pork chops, giant burgers, and fried chicken. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Chicken Lollipops at Curry 'n' Noodles

Curry 'n' Noodles

802 Main St., Hopkins, 952-681-7834

This chefs favorite brings the spice to Hopkins. Delivering authentic Indian alongside fusion Indo-Chinese food, the menu is large and offers everything from tandoori specialties to wok stir-fries. Continue Reading

$$ | Chinese, Indian |

Dakota

Dakota

1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010

The Dakota is the landmark jazz club that also serves a mean meal. A power lunch spot during the music-free moments, the menu is contemporary and fun in the hands of the two chefs currently running the kitchen. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

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. L buffet 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 |

Dave and Buster's

11780 Fountains Way, Maple Grove, 763-493-9815

Like a playground for drinking adults, D&B allows you to eat a burger, order a beer, and play more than 150 arcade games. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

David Fong's

9329 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-888-9294

A Bloomington landmark, Fong's serves legendary Minnesota-friendly Chinese. Don't miss the New York steak Chinatown or Fong's house chicken. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Chinese |

Day Block Brewing in Minneapolis

Day Block Brewing

1105 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-617-7793

Specialty pizzas here feature unlikely toppings like kimchi and squash puree, or you can build your own to pair with one of the brewpub's house-made ales. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Pizza |

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DeGidio's Restaurant and Bar

425 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-291-7105

Bootlegger Joe "Kid Bullets" DeGidio founded this restaurant in the '30s. His family still runs the place, with Italian-American specialties including mostaccioli, spaghetti, and walleye. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Grilled cheese at The Depot Tavern

Depot Tavern

17 N. 7th St., Mpls., 612-338-1828

It's a hipster-minimalist vibe with great beers and bar food: the Diamond Dog comes wrapped in bacon, the cheese curds are laced with cayenne, and there's a stellar list of grilled cheese. They serve late and occasionally stream music from First Ave. next door. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

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Devil's Advocate

89 S. 10th St., Mpls., 612-843-2260

This downtown spot is a serious beer bar with a meatball-focused menu. Look for tons of local and international beers and beef, pork, salmon, and chicken balls with your choice of sauces. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

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Dixie's on Grand

695 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7345

Dixie's beef jerky is the best bar snack on Grand. The old girl still keeps it fresh with Southern-style fare such as fried green tomatoes, a killer chili, catfish po'boy, and house-smoked ribs with a signature sauce. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Dock Caf�

425 E. Nelson St., Stillwater, 651-430-3770

Of all the riverside restaurants in Stillwater, dock caf� tries hardest to keep your attention on the plate. Creative food, such as smoked duck salad, is easy yet refined. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Domacin

102 S. 2nd St., Stillwater, 651-439-1352

If the idea of a small, woodsy, well-lit wine bar with a well-chosen wine cellar is your idea of fun, you'll love Domacin, overlooking downtown Stillwater and the St. Croix. Menus often complement new wines. Continue Reading

$$$ | Wine Bar |