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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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Amazing Thailand

Amazing Thailand

3024 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-822-5588

Beautifully warm décor and Thai art are hidden behind the bright Uptown facade of this Thai restaurant offering traditional Thai food, authentic ingredients, and plenty of curries. Continue Reading

$$ | Thai |

American Burger Bar

354 N. Wabasha St., St. Paul, 651-222-2123

These downtown spots are all about burgers. Creative takes include a bison burger with horseradish and a Kobe burger with foie gras and black truffles, among others. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

American Burger Bar

825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-354-3418

These downtown spots are all about burgers. Creative takes include a bison burger with horseradish and a Kobe burger with foie gras and black truffles, among others. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

American Girl Bistro

Mall of America, Bloomington, 877-247-5223

It's sugar and spice and everything nice at this girl wonderland. Bring your American Girl dolls out for a bite at the in-house bistro featuring kid-friendly favorites and even a few adult-focused dishes. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

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Amore Victoria Ristorante

1601 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-823-0250

This cozy place feels like an old trattoria with exposed brick and rich mahogany woodwork. The vast menu includes specialty pastas plus pizzas and salads. Check out the rooftop in summer. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Broodjes at Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Amsterdam Bar and Hall

6 W. 6th St., St. Paul, 612-285-3112

Good ole St. Paul needed a little more nightlife, a little more live music, and little Dutch sandwiches known as broodjes. This musically inclined bar offers snacks and small dishes along with an expertly curated Belgian beer list. Continue Reading

$ | European |

Fish and chips at Anchor Fish & Chips

Anchor Fish & Chips

302 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-676-1300

This chipper has humble surroundings that make it feel just like the out-of-Dublin pub it wants to be. Chips feature heavily on the menu, which includes well-battered fish, pasties, shepherd's pie, burgers, and a toasty grilled Irish cheddar sandwich. Continue Reading

$ | European, Seafood |

Andale Taqueria y Mercado

7700 Nicollet Ave. S., Richfield, 612-259-8868

On one side of this revamped Embers is a marketplace with Latin American grocery items, on the other side is a food counter serving tortas, tacos, burritos, and the like. Continue Reading

$ | Mexican |

Angel Food Bakery

86 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-238-1435

Downtowners regularly jam the sedate bakery arm of Hell's Kitchen for their fix of sassy treats, from whiskey-bomb cupcakes and alphabet donuts to savory pretzels decked with garlic and cheese. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Angry Trout Cafe

408 Minnesota 61, Grand Marais, 218-387-1265

A beacon of culinary sophistication in the land of burgers and fries. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood |

Annie's Parlour

313 14th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-379-0744

A Dinkytown institution, Annie's Parlour is known for thick malts, crispy fries, and hand-formed burgers that feed professors and students alike. Although it's located above the Kitty Cat Klub, it may be one of the more laid-back restaurants in the neighborhood. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Arboretum Restaurant

3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska, 952-443-1400

This cafeteria-style restaurant features a refreshed and healthy selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Large windows and an outdoor terrace offer views of spectacular gardens. Continue Reading

$ | Deli |

Arezzo Ristorante

5057 France Ave. S., Mpls., 612-285-7444

Looking for an intimate room and traditional Italian cooking? Add this understated neighborhood spot to your shortlist. We love its authentic take on regional Italian fare (it makes a great carbonara) and finely crafted pastas and pizzas. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Aristos

1180 Frontage Rd. W. (Hwy. 36), Stillwater, 651-439-4033

It offers a wide variety of Greek and Mediterranean-influenced small plates and entrees that stand out among the chains. Continue Reading

$$ | Greek |

Asia Bistro

10060 City Walk Dr., Woodbury, 651-788-9108

This little bistro has some Nankin heritage and is wooing the neighborhood with a healthy list of sushi rolls, a reasonable omakase option, and a wide list of Pan-Asian standards. Continue Reading

$$ | Asian, Japanese |

Asia Chow Mein

4905 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, 763-571-4425

Serving traditional Chinese fare, including chow mein, kung pao beef, and stir-fries. Take-out, drive-through, and dine-in. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese |

Aster Cafe

Aster Cafe

125 SE Main St., Mpls., 612-379-3138

The cute little cafe on St. Anthony Main's river walk is a live music draw for those seeking a cooler, intimate venue. On quieter days, a stellar coffee list, cafe snacks, signature tea-infused drinks, and a dulcet patio packs them in just the same. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Atlas Grill and Clubroom

U.S. Bank Plaza, 200 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-332-4200

Fire-roasting is the choice method of preparation at this power lunch spot, evident in large plates meant for sharing, piled with fire-roasted meats and fish. The daily omelet is a hearty, flavorful value. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Seafood |

AtoZ Produce and Bakery

N2956 Anker Ln., Stockholm, 715-448-4802

On Tuesdays, AtoZ Produce farm turns into a pizza farm. Cooking from outdoor brick ovens, the owners churn out giant pizzas with fresh ingredients grown on the property. It's picnic-style eating, so bring your own beverages and flatware, your seat is your butt. Closed in winter. Continue Reading

$ | Pizza |

Axel's - Chanhassen

560 W. 78th St., Chanhassen, 952-934-9340

This local chain, fashioned as a modern American supper club, features a traditional menu of steaks, seafood, prime rib, and an extensive list of wines, scotch, and martinis. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American, Steak |

Axel's - Mendota Heights

2540 Cleveland Ave. N., Roseville, 651-367-3967

This local chain, fashioned as a modern American supper club, features a traditional menu of steaks, seafood, prime rib, and an extensive list of wines, scotch, and martinis. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American, Steak |

Axel's - Roseville

1318 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Mendota Heights, 651-686-4840

This local chain, fashioned as a modern American supper club, features a traditional menu of steaks, seafood, prime rib, and an extensive list of wines, scotch, and martinis. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American, Steak |

Babani's Kurdish Restaurant

Colonnade Bldg., 544 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-602-9964

Costumes, carpets, and countryside photos decorate the USA's first Kurdish restaurant. Specialties include eggplant stuffed with spicy ground beef, homemade bread with feta and olives, and baklava. Continue Reading

$$ | Middle Eastern |

Bacio

Bacio

1571 Plymouth Rd. S., Minnetonka, 952-544-7000

This high-style west metro eatery's fare is neither highly authentic nor a bargain, but everything tastes great, the service is always top-notch, and the barrel-vaulted stone ceiling is worth the price of admission. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Bad Waitress Diner and Coffee Shop

2 E. 26th St., Mpls., 612-872-7575

This Eat Street diner gives everyone a break, even bad waitresses. Step up to the counter and order; there are no servers here. Then nab a retro table under the kitschy décor and enjoy some of the largest and best pancakes in the city. Continue Reading

$ | American |