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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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Heartland Restaurant Midwest modern cuisine

Heartland Restaurant

289 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-699-3536

Lenny Russo's essentially local restaurant showcases the best of Midwestern modern cuisine. The soaring space offers three kitchen tables, private dining, an in-house butcher shop, and a gourmet market where you can pick up the goods he cooks with. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Hello Pizza

3904 Sunnyside Rd., Edina, 952-303-4514

It's a counter service slice shop with sass, not surprising as the second effort by Pizzeria Lola's Ann Kim. Grab a slab of Hello Trinity (sausage, mushroom, pepperoni) or maybe a meatball sub, some soft-serve. Continue Reading

$ | Pizza |

Hells Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen

80 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-332-4700

In its underground space, HK has plenty of seating, dinner service, two full bars, and a stage for the legendary Salvation Sunday gospel brunch. Bonus: the lemon-ricotta cakes are as heavenly as ever. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

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Highland Grill

771 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-690-1173

The original of the Blue Plate urban diners. Homemade items here include oatmeal pancakes, banana waffles, sweet potato fries, and the infamous Elvis burger. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Hoban Korean Restaurant

1989 Silver Bell Rd., Eagan, 651-688-3447

Focused on authentic Korean foods, Hoban serves barbecued and grilled meats, stir-fries, soups, and noodle dishes, plus such specialties as bulgogi and noodle stir-fry. Continue Reading

$$ | Korean |

Interior of Honey & Mackie's Ice Cream and French Fries in Plymouth, MN | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Honey & Mackie's

16725 Co. Rd. 24, Plymouth, 763-225-6682

It's all about fresh natural ice cream and hot piping french fries at this new scoop shop. Order a double scoop from a huge roster of in-house flavors, then get a side of fries for the dipping. Continue Reading

$ | Ice Cream |

Hot Plate

Hot Plate

5204 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-824-4794

Weekly breakfast and lunch specials rotate at this eclectic eatery. Expect comforting dishes, such as buckwheat-pumpkin pancakes and meatloaf. Continue Reading

$ | American |

I Nonni

981 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Lilydale, 651-905-1081

One of the best Italian restaurants in town is in a Lilydale subdivision. The owners regularly perform magic with homemade salumi (the guanciale is awesome) and phenomenal authentic pastas. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

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Jake O'Connor's Public House

200 Water St., Excelsior, 952-908-9650

The soul of a true Irish pub, down to the dark wood bar and antique bottles of Jameson on display. Order a pint and some salt n' malt chips, beef and Murphy Stout pie, or the Dublin boxty (seafood stew on a potato cake). Continue Reading

$$ | American, European |

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Jimmy's Food and Cocktails

11000 Red Circle Dr., Minnetonka, 952-224-5858

Jimmy's is a modern supper club, run by a family with deep supper club roots. The Opus Complex set crowds the place for lunch, lured by a huge menu that plays up the classics with an eye toward modern preparations. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Kafé 421

Kafé 421

421 14th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-623-4900

One of the more creative restaurants to draw the U of M student patron, Kafe 421 keeps it easy and friendly with creative dishes that leave diners craving another visit. The owner has Greek roots but cooks from all over the map.  Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Kieran's Irish Pub

600 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-4499

Kieran's is primed for the next 20 years in its Warehouse District location. Specialties include wee burgers, the Guinness pot roast sandwich, fish and chips, and a boatload of Irish whiskey. Continue Reading

$ | American, European |

Kopplin's Coffee

Kopplin's Coffee

2038 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-0457

Kopplin's is ground zero for the local coffee movement, which means that it serves a mean cuppa joe. In roomier digs on Marshall, there are now more gadgets and snacks. Continue Reading

$ | Coffee House |

Pastrami at Kramarczuk's

Kramarczuk's

215 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-3018

This lunch institution serves huge sausages, roast-beef sandwiches, and imported bottles of beer. The deli features a world of homemade sausages and salamis, plus the crusty rolls they're meant to be eaten on. Continue Reading

$ | Deli, Russian |

Krungthep Thai

Krungthep Thai

2523 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-824-7721

Owners of the popular Bangkok Thai deli opened this Minneapolis outpost on Eat Street. Expect the same great authentic Thai recipes which make this a standout in the metro. Continue Reading

$$ | Thai |

Octopus dish at Kyatchi Minneapolis

Kyatchi

3758 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-236-4429

Thoughtfully composed (and sustainably sourced) sushi rolls are the stars here, alongside small plates, a piping hot ramen, and even some Japanese hot dogs. Continue Reading

$$ | Japanese |

Grilled lamb burgers at La Belle Vie

La Belle Vie

510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440

James Beard Award-wining chef Tim McKee's sophisticated but recognizable Mediterranean fare remains superlative, offered in tasting menus. The dining room is the standard for fine dining locally, but the adjacent lounge offers delectable small bites, creative cocktails and a more casual scene. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American, French |

Lake Harriet Pizza

5009 Penn Ave. S., Mpls., 612-920-7717

A solid family-friendly pizza joint with quick and friendly delivery service. Continue Reading

$ | Pizza |

Little Szechuan

Little Szechuan

422 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-222-1333

One of the best Szechuan restaurants in town. Check out the dan dan or Szechuan noodles bathed in peanuts and chili oil, pungent crispy spicy chicken, and scallion spiked lamb. Continue Reading

$$ | Chinese |

Lolas's Lakehouse

Lola's Lakehouse

318 E. Lake St., Waconia, 952-442-4954

A chic waterside supper club in Waconia, its considerable menu is full of classic burgers and steaks as well as a larger variety of seafood, including a cast-iron seafood stew pot. It may also have one of the only raw bars outside the metro.

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$$ | American, Seafood |

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Longfellow Grill

2990 West River Pkwy., Mpls., 612-721-2711

One of the urban-diner siblings from Blue Plate, Longfellow Grill's ambiance is modern and colorful while service is smart and wisecracking, in the great diner tradition. It’s the ultimate old standby, a welcoming neighborhood restaurant with something for everyone. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Louie's Wine Dive

800 W. Lake St., Mpls.,

A national chain with a decent wine list, plus a comfy menu of pasta, sandwiches and flatbreads. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Luci Ancora

2060 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-6889

The fresher sibling to Ristorante Luci, Ancora offers regional Italian fare that's been given a new edge. Local ingredients are used to make enticing dishes, including fresh fish, homemade ravioli, fettuccine, and tasty desserts. Extensive wine list. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar

Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar

1432 W. 31st St., Mpls., 612-825-1572

Lucia Watson's cozy storefront doesn't miss a beat. From her weekly changing menu of creative seasonal, regional fare to the great wine bar and lovely brunches, Lucia's remains worthy of national acclaim. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Wine Bar |

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Lynden's Soda Fountain

490 Hamline Ave., St. Paul, 651-235-5646

The hippest soda jerks on the block, this cool and classic soda fountain is stocked with ice cream, candy, and phosphates! There's also grilled cheese and sandwiches as fortifiers. Continue Reading

$ | Ice Cream |