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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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Benihana

11840 Fountains Way, Maple Grove, 763-315-0090

A national chain featuring chicken, steak, and seafood dinners prepared hibachi-style, plus a sushi menu. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

Benihana

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-594-6205

A national chain featuring chicken, steak, and seafood dinners prepared hibachi-style, plus a sushi menu. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

Bennett's Chop & Railhouse

1305 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-228-1408

Classic American food is the name of the game at Bennett's. The popular chophouse on West 7th is known for a decent Juicy Lucy and meatloaf sandwich, plus steaks and seafood cooked with skill. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Exterior of Betty Danger's Country Club in Northeast Minneapolis

Betty Danger's Country Club

2501 NE Marshall St., Mpls., 612-315-4997

The original Psycho Suzi's space reinvents itself as a cheeky prepster haven. The menu is Mexican-gone-East Coast, but the amenities are where it's at: A mini-golf course weaves through the restaurant and a dining car ferris wheel stands outside. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Bev's Wine Bar

250 3rd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-337-0102

The North Loop's most relaxed wine bar offers a light menu, including cheeses, salads, and pizzas. The Minneapolis skyline is your view from the patio/loading dock. Continue Reading

$ | Wine Bar |

Wild Acres Turkey Burger at Be'Wiched Deli

Be'wiched Deli

800 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-767-4330

Kitchen mavens created this chef-driven deli. This North Loop counter-service spot is the go-to deli for high-end sandwiches plus freshly made soups and salads. Dinner is more adventurous with fuller plates. Continue Reading

$ | American, Deli |

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

12051 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove, 763-416-2225

This casual national chain restaurant offers a menu of traditional Italian dishes including pizza, pastas, and specialties such as veal parmesan and chicken marsala. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

8251 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, 952-942-8555

This casual national chain restaurant offers a menu of traditional Italian dishes including pizza, pastas, and specialties such as veal parmesan and chicken marsala. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Biff's Sports Bar

7777 Hwy. 65 NE, Spring Lake Park, 763-784-9446

The typical sports bar menu includes wings, burgers, sandwiches, and salads, plus 28 pool tables and 30 large-screen TVs. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Big Bowl

Rosedale, Roseville, 651-636-7173

This national Pan-Asian chain offers dim sum appetizers, seafood, a build-your-own stir-fry bar, and fresh housemade ginger ale. Continue Reading

$$$ | Asian |

Big Bowl

Ridgedale, Minnetonka, 952-797-9888

This national Pan-Asian chain offers dim sum appetizers, seafood, a build-your-own stir-fry bar, and fresh housemade ginger ale. Continue Reading

$$$ | Asian |

Big Bowl

Galleria, Edina, 952-928-7888

This national Pan-Asian chain offers dim sum appetizers, seafood, a build-your-own stir-fry bar, and fresh housemade ginger ale. Continue Reading

$$$ | Asian |

Beef ribs at Big Daddy's BBQ

Big Daddy's BBQ

625 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-2516

Big Daddy smokes up the neighborhood in the best way possible. This BBQ is some of the best in either town; the Flintstone beef ribs are reason enough to join the line that forms each weekend. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

Big River Pizza

280 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-683-2186

The mobile pizza stand sets up shop in Lowertown a stone's throw from the new Saints stadium. Continue Reading

$ | Pizza |

Billy's Bar & Grill

214 Jackson St., Anoka, 763-421-3570

In a turn-of-the-century building, Billy's serves traditional American fare, such as burgers and steaks, along with a few Mexican specialties. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Billy's on Grand

857 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-292-9140

A popular bar on Grand Avenue featuring ribs, steak, pan-fried walleye, salads, and burgers. The huge outdoor patio is consistently packed in warmer months. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Buckhorn Chicken at Birch's

Birch's

1935 Wayzata Blvd. W., Long Lake, 952-473-7373

Birch's combines classic recipes with modern ingredients. Familiar yet fresh, the menu offers crispy flatbreads, generous sandwiches, and a signature pan-fried Chicken-in-the-Rough. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Waffles at Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis

Birchwood Cafe

3311 E. 25th St., Mpls., 612-722-4474

Seward's favorite all-day counter-service spot has been refreshed with a cool but comfortable modern vibe. A destination for those seeking local, farm-fresh food, it now has an open and airy room with more seating, private dining, and a communal table. Continue Reading

$$ | Veg-Friendly |

Biryani

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina, 952-946-0009

In a refined atmosphere, Biryani cooks traditional Indian cuisine such as pakoras, tandoori dishes, vindaloo, and rogan josh. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian |

Bistro La Roux

9372 Lexington Ave. NE, Circle Pines, 763-717-8288

The Cajun 2 Geaux food truck has fostered a stand-alone restaurant serving its trademark Cajun cuisine: po' boys, jambalaya, and the beignets that made the truck a hit. Continue Reading

$$ | Caribbean |

Gluten-free muffins from Bittersweet Bakery in Eagan

Bittersweet Gluten Free Bakery

2105 Cliff Rd., Eagan, 651-686-0112

This entire shop is devoted to gluten-free (and sometimes dairy-free) treats like brownies, cookies, and many breads (including pizza crusts and breadsticks). You'll be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this stuff and its flour-laden brethren. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Black Coffee and Waffle Bar

1500 Como Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-436-0719

A slick makeover, and a bit of an upgrade with Dogwood coffee and a revamped menu of waffles (both savory and sweet), has made this Como area spot a secret sleeper. Continue Reading

$ | Coffee House |

Black Forest Inn

Black Forest Inn

1 E. 26th St., Mpls., 612-872-0812

The core of Black Forest's appeal is the summertime beer garden and the dark, woodsy interior. It puts on a major show for Oktoberfest. Continue Reading

$$$ | European |

Black Sea

1581E County Rd. E, White Bear Lake, 651-484-0600

As one of the original Turkish restaurants in the area, expect authentic family-recipe platters, kofte, and pilafs. Continue Reading

$ | Middle Eastern |

Black Sea

737 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-917-8832

As one of the original Turkish restaurants in the area, expect authentic family-recipe platters, kofte, and pilafs. Continue Reading

$ | Middle Eastern |