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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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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 steak house 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. Also, killer wings and totchos for the non-burger set. 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. Also, killer wings and totchos for the non-burger set. 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 best craft beer cultures in town. Go and enjoy a Trappist ale and some live music, but don't forget about the delicious beef and lamb stews. Continue Reading

$$ | African |

Blue Point Restaurant

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

Freshly flown-in seafood and a well-maintained raw bar make Wayzata a hot happy hour spot, while Bloomington lures them in with contemporary style. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood |

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Blue Point Restaurant

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

Freshly flown-in seafood and a well-maintained raw bar make Wayzata a hot happy hour spot, while Bloomington lures them in 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

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

In the back of the French Meadow Cafe sits this warm and inviting wine bar. Belly up to the bright blue tiled bar for biodynamic wines and a fresh menu of bison burgers, tempeh Reubens, steak frites, and green coconut curry, among others. Continue Reading

$$$ | Veg-Friendly, Wine Bar |

BLVD Kitchen & Bar

BLVD Kitchen & Bar

11544 Wayzata Blvd. 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 y Cantina

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 |

Donut box from Bogart's Doughnut Co.

Bogart's Doughnut Co.

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

From a humble farmers market stand to almost cultish 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 |

Bonefish Grill

1607 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-746-4058

This national chain is known for well-priced seafood in an upscale casual atmosphere. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood |

Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking

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

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 |

Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking

14120 Hwy, 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

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

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 |

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 |

A dish at Borough in Minneapolis

Borough

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

A 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 |

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Brasa Rotisserie

600 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-3030

In the world of slow-roasted meats, Alex Roberts is king. At his Brasa, he serves up mouth-watering, Latino-influenced soul foods, such as rotisserie chicken, slow-roasted pork, grits, rice, beans, and sweet potatoes in a cool garage-minimal setting. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Latin American |

Huevos rancheros at Brasa Rotisserie

Brasa Rotisserie

777 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-1302

In the world of slow-roasted meats, Alex Roberts is king. At his Brasa, he serves up mouth-watering Latino-influenced soul foods, such as rotisserie chicken, slow-roasted pork, grits, rice, beans, and sweet potatoes in a cool, garage-minimal setting. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Latin American |

Brasserie Zentral in downtown Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Brasserie Zentral

505 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls., 612-333-0505

Russell and Desta Klein of Meritage crossed into downtown Minneapolis with this old-world eatery focusing on fine plates of German, Austrian, and Central European dishes. Continue Reading

$$$ | Eastern European |

Burger and fries at Bread & Pickle

Bread & Pickle

4135 Lake Harriet Pkwy. W., Mpls., 612-767-9009

Kim Bartmann's seasonal spot in the Lake Harriet Bandshell serves grass-fed burgers and dogs, cheese curds, breakfast eats, and other items that change over the season to get the best from local produce. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers, Ice Cream |