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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

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

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 |

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 |

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

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 |

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 |

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 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

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 |

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 Sheep Pizza

Black Sheep Pizza

600 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-342-2625

Black Sheep's coal-fired crusts are beautiful, and there's magic in the variety of fresh, robust toppings. The beer list will please any geek and salads change daily. The new Eat Street location has an expanded grill menu. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Black Sheep Pizza

Black Sheep Pizza

512 N. Robert St., St. Paul, 651-227-4337

Black Sheep's coal-fired crusts are beautiful, and there's magic in the variety of fresh, robust toppings. The beer list will please any geek and salads change daily. The new Eat Street location has an expanded grill menu. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |