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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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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

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 |

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

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 |

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

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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

The first Turkish restaurant in Minnesota, it offers appetizer platters, kofte, and pilafs. Continue Reading

$ | Middle Eastern |

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. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

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. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Blackbird

Blackbird

3800 Nicollet Ave., Mpls.,

In Kingfield you'll find Blackbird's quirky art and antlers framing up a menu chock-full of comforting food from many cuisines: lamb nachos, walleye po'boys, crispy duck rolls, truffled gnocchi. Kids with cool parents love this place. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

ChopHouse Salad at Bloomington ChopHouse

Bloomington ChopHouse

3900 American Blvd. W., Bloomington, 952-830-5200

Surprisingly modern for a suburban hotel restaurant, the ChopHouse offers steakhouse dishes with a contemporary edge, such as wagyu carpaccio, as well as traditional steaks and chops. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Seafood, Steak |

Blue Door Pub's Juicy Blucy

Blue Door Pub

1811 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-493-1865

Taking our local fascination with Juicy Lucys to heart, the menu is burger-centric with a list of Juicy Blucys that improvise on the tradition. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |