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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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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 |

Beirut Restaurant

1385 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, 651-457-4886

Simply elegant for more than 20 years, this Lebanese restaurant and deli makes scratch food from family recipes. The mezza features eight appetizers, including hummus, baba gannouj, and tabbouleh. Belly dancers entertain on weekends. Continue Reading

$$ | Middle Eastern |

Bella Cucina

9332 Ensign Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-941-3614

A casual Italian restaurant offering house-baked bread, made-from-scratch pastas, pizzas, salads, panini, and desserts. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Benihana

850 Louisiana Ave. S., Golden Valley, 763-542-9922

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

$$$ | Japanese |

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 |

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 |

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 Sandwiches & 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 |

Biella

Biella

227 Water St., Excelsior, 952-474-8881

Lake Minnetonka's cutest waterside village deserves a cozy restaurant with a contemporary menu, and Biella fits the bill. Offering a seasonally changing menu with a preference for wild game, this place is busy even when the lake is frozen. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, 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

Ridgedale, Minnetonka, 952-797-9888

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

$$ | Asian |

Big Bowl

Galleria, Edina, 952-928-7888

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

$$ | Asian |

Big Bowl

Rosedale, Roseville, 651-636-7173

National Pan-Asian chain offers dim sum-sized 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 |

Billy's Bar & Grill

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

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

$ | American |

Billy's on Grand

Victoria Crossing East, 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 |

Bin Wine Bar

400 Sibley St., Ste. 150, St. Paul, 651-224-9463

The Mears Park wine bar serves tasting flights at affordable prices and has a nice by-the-glass list in addition to a full bar. The menu stays on-point with light snacks and easy cafe options. Continue Reading

$ | Wine Bar |

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 |

Birchwood Cafe

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

Seward's favorite all-day counter service spot has been refreshed and reopened. 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 |