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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 |

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 |

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 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 |

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 |

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 |

Baldy's BBQ

120 Elm St., Farmington, 651-344-7444

This locally owned ribs and barbecue joint has a winning sauce and plenty of great attitude. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

Baldy's BBQ

11276 W. 210th St., Ste. 103, Lakeville, 952-469-3343

This locally owned ribs and barbecue joint has a winning sauce and plenty of great attitude. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

Baldy's BBQ

1501 University Ave. SE, Mpls.,

This locally owned ribs and barbecue joint has a winning sauce and plenty of great attitude. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

Bambu

Bambu

1715 Beam Ave., Maplewood, 651-747-1000

This small Asian restaurant has contemporary atmosphere and serves Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and fusion dishes. Continue Reading

$$ | Asian |

Band Box

729 S. 10th St., Mpls., 612-332-0850

The lone survivor of the Band Box diners (which once numbered 13) sits in Elliot Park. Expect home-cooked diner fare. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Bank

Bank

Minneapolis Westin, 88 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-656-3255

Arguably one of the most alluring dining rooms in Minnesota, this spacious, restored art deco bank lobby often outshines its modern American cuisine. A great place for an innovative cocktail and a quick bite. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |