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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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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 |

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Blue Door Pub

3448 42nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-315-2470

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 |

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 |

Blue Nile Restaurant

2027 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-338-3000

More than 20 years old and still cooking traditional Ethiopian dishes, Blue Nile has one of the Cities' best beer selections. Go and enjoy a Trappist ale and some live music, but don't forget about the beef and lamb stews, which are still delicious. Continue Reading

$$ | African |

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Blue Point Restaurant

4400 W. 78th St., Bloomington, 952-767-9711

This old-school seafood restaurant was a precursor to Oceanaire. Freshly flown-in seafood and a well-maintained raw bar make the Wayzata spot a hot happy hour spot, while Bloomington lures them with contemporary style. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood |

Blue Point Restaurant

739 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-475-3636

This old-school seafood restaurant was a precursor to Oceanaire. Freshly flown-in seafood and a well-maintained raw bar make the Wayzata spot a hot happy hour spot, while Bloomington lures them with contemporary style. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood |

Bluefin Grille

7192 Hwy. 61 W., Tofte, 218-663-6200

Overlooking Lake Superior, this casual American grill in the Bluefin Bay resort serves crowd-pleasers such as big burgers on house-baked buns, fresh walleye specials, and big steaks. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Bluestem Bar & Table

2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-7855

In the back of their cafe, French Meadow has created a whole new wine bar. Belly up to the bright blue tiled bar for biodynamic wines and a new menu of small plates and dishes. Continue Reading

$$ | Veg-Friendly, Wine Bar |

BLVD Kitchen & Bar

BLVD Kitchen & Bar

11544 Wayzata Rd. W., Minnetonka, 763-398-3200

Wooing the suburban elite with a big bar, open kitchen, and urban touches, the buzzing eatery offers classic comfort food such as sliders, burgers, salads, ribs, and steaks. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Boca Chica Restaurante

11 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul, 651-222-8499

Since 1964, Boca Chica has been serving fresh family-recipe Mexican food to the Twin Cities. The Frias family's salsa has a loyal following, as do the chile relleno and the carnitas. Continue Reading

$$ | Mexican |

Bogart's Doughnut Co.

904 W. 36th St., Mpls., 612-259-7519

From a humble farmers market stand to sudden cult status, Bogart's is a purveyor of excellently chewy, occasionally Nutella-filled doughnuts in limited quantities. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Bombay Bistro

820 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-312-2800

This busy lunch spot offers lots of vegetarian options, plus curries and tandoori meats. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian |

Bon Vie

Bon Vie

485 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-287-0112

Everyone needs a quaint neighborhood place to haunt for breakfast. Bon Vie makes a decent bid with a menu that delivers French toast with creme fraiche and a BLT with horseradish mayo for the lunch crowd. Brunch daily. Continue Reading

$ | American |

BoneYard Kitchen & Bar

2841 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-455-6688

Family recipes fill the menu at this Southern-driven spot, from pimiento cheese to sweet tea-brined fried chicken. Late hours and an extensive tap list make it feel right at home in the Uptown neighborhood. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking - Blaine

4365 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE, Blaine, 763-398-2475

Part of the Axel's chain, Bonfire focuses on wood-fired cooking and food with fresh seasonal ingredients. Look for spit-roasted meats, wood-fired pizzas, and a handful of pastas and salads. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking - Eagan

1555 Cliff Rd., Eagan, 651-452-0200

Part of the Axel's chain, Bonfire focuses on wood-fired cooking and food with fresh seasonal ingredients. Look for spit-roasted meats, wood-fired pizzas, and a handful of pastas and salads. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking - Savage

14120 Hwy. 13 S., Savage, 952-447-1122

Part of the Axel's chain, Bonfire focuses on wood-fired cooking and food with fresh seasonal ingredients. Look for spit-roasted meats, wood-fired pizzas, and a handful of pastas and salads. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking - St. Paul

850 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-312-1299

Part of the Axel's chain, Bonfire focuses on wood-fired cooking and food with fresh seasonal ingredients. Look for spit-roasted meats, wood-fired pizzas, and a handful of pastas and salads. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking - Woodbury

1424 Weir Dr., Woodbury, 651-735-0085

Part of the Axel's chain, Bonfire focuses on wood-fired cooking and food with fresh seasonal ingredients. Look for spit-roasted meats, wood-fired pizzas, and a handful of pastas and salads. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Border Bar & Grill

367 Bench St., Taylors Falls, 651-465-1011

Burgers are the highlight here. Try the monster Border burger, a three-quarter-pound patty served California-style with two kinds of cheese. Continue Reading

$ | American |

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Borough

730 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-354-3135

The hot spot in the North Loop, Borough is a modern small-plates restaurant on the main floor with a plush, swank cocktail den called Parlour in the basement. Continue Reading

$$ | American |