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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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Bagu Sushi

4741 Chicago Ave., Mpls., 612-823-5254

Besides beautifully crafted, smart sushi rolls, the chefs put forth innovative Asian dishes such as ahi poke with quail egg and Thai curries, noodles, and stir-fries. Continue Reading

$$ | Japanese, Thai |

Baker's Ribs

8019 Glen Ln., Eden Prairie, 952-942-5337

This cafeteria-style Texas BBQ joint makes its own cast-iron wood smokers. The majority of the meats are good, but Baker's bests are its spareribs, sausage links, and a thin but winning barbecue sauce. 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 |

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

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 |

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 |

Bar Abilene

1300 Lagoon Ave., Mpls., 612-825-2525

One of the Cities' few Tex-Mex eateries, Abilene boasts several pages of margarita specialties and a list of rare tequilas, plus guacamole, fajitas, nachos, and enchiladas. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Gnocchi with cauliflower and orange

Bar La Grassa

800 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-3837

Still clicking and packing them in, BLG feeds stylish eaters with innovative pastas and Italian dishes created with amazing ingredients. Sit at the counter and watch the action of a James Beard award-winning kitchen. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Bar Louie

Ridgedale Center, Minnetonka, 952-545-2425

$$$ | American |

Bar Louie

1348 Lagoon Ave., Mpls., 612-824-1529

The newest kid in Uptown, the drinking and eating establishment is drawing a young crowd with an easy American menu: Nachos, sliders, flatbreads, salads, among others. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Barbary Fig

720 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-290-2085

Tastes of North Africa and the Mediterranean beckon diners to owner Brahim Hadj-Moussa's caf�, featuring a short menu of couscous, tagines, brek, and other homemade specialties. Continue Reading

$$ | African |

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Barbette

1600 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-827-5710

It actually doesn't matter who the chef is at this bohemian spot, it cranks out thoughtful French bistro food, great late-night nosh, and some of the best frites around. Check out the extensive list of Champagne and bubblies. Continue Reading

$$$ | French |

Wings at Barker's Bar and Grill

Barker's Bar and Grill

413 2nd St., Hudson, 715-386-4123

Hudson's stop for a high-quality burger and micro-brewed beer, Barker's goes above and beyond your average bar and grill: it roasts its own turkeys, smokes its own pork, hand-cuts steaks, and sources many ingredients from local producers. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

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Barrio Edina

5036 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-920-1860

Barrio is a darkly hip tequila bar packed with irreverent décor and beautiful people. Tequila and mezcal dominate the drinks list, and the menu is stacked with finely crafted but nicely priced Mexican bar nosh. Continue Reading

$$$ | Latin American, Mexican |

Crab soup at Barrio

Barrio Minneapolis

925 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-333-9953

Barrio is a darkly hip tequila bar packed with irreverent décor and beautiful people. Tequila and mezcal dominate the drinks list, and the menu is stacked with finely crafted but nicely priced Mexican bar nosh. Continue Reading

$$ | Mexican |

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Barrio St. Paul

235 E. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3250

Barrio is a darkly hip tequila bar. The spaces are packed with irreverent décor and beautiful people. Tequila and mezcal dominate the drinks list, and the menu is stacked with finely crafted Mexican bar nosh: small plates, bigger dishes, plus tacos and enchiladas under $7. Continue Reading

$$ | Mexican |

Bars Bakery

612 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-8300

$ | Bakery |

Basil's Restaurant

710 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-376-7404

The iconic café that overlooks the Crystal Court, Basil's is bright and attractive, the service professional, and the kitchen keeps the crowd happy with high-end salads, creative sandwiches, and interesting entrées. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Bayside Grille

687 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior, 952-474-1113

Situated on Lake Minnetonka, Bayside Grille offers a casual American menu, including traditional and flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, big salads, and platters. Outdoor deck opens Memorial Day. Call for different winter hours. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

bd's Mongolian Grill

1025 Co. Rd. 42 W., Burnsville, 952-435-0032

This Midwestern chain offers the traditional build-your-own concept commonly used in Mongolian restaurants: pile your choice of meat, veg, and sauces in a bowl to be stir-fried on a large flat-top by cooks wielding sword-like tongs. Continue Reading

$$ | Asian |

Beacon Public House

615 Washington Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-379-8888

Located in the new Commons Hotel on the U of M campus, this pub aims to be a cut above the regular college bar. There are still a lot of screens, but also craft beer and creative food. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro

4950 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-922-8974

One of the Cities' best wine bars, this European-style spot offers more than 30 wines by the glass and light nosh to accompany them. Continue Reading

$$ | Wine Bar |

Beijing Chinese Restaurant

4773 Co. Rd. 101, Minnetonka, 952-933-6361

Sichuan dishes are the specialty, the menu includes Peking duck and sizzling subgum hot pot. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese |