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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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Café Levain

Caf� Levain

4762 Chicago Ave., Mpls., 612-823-7111

Levain remains a winning choice for lovers of top-notch ingredients, authentic recipes, and careful cooking. Simple dishes such as roast chicken and celery root soup become elevated to breath-taking results. Continue Reading

$$$ | French |


Café Ena

4601 Grand Ave. S., Mpls., 612-824-4441

This Latin fusion eatery serves meat and fish in an array of styles, and its family-recipe mole is tops. The warm colors and dark woods make this an inviting and friendly spot to gather. Continue Reading

$$$ | Latin American |

Café Lurcat

Café Lurcat

1624 Harmon Place, Mpls., 612-486-5500

Though splashier places have been popping up around Loring Park, Lurcat remains a sophisticated and stylish place to eat. The bar menu's small-plates are perfect for the cocktail set and the cafe menu stays current, yet accessible with modern preparations and fresh ingredients. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

Café Maude

Café Maude

5411 Penn Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-5411

This south Minneapolis hot spot has one of the most creative drink lists, both cocktails and nonalcoholic, in the city. Neighbors pack the place, sitting elbow to elbow, to enjoy the high-quality, seasonal bistro fare. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Cafe Maude at Loring

1612 Harmon Place, Mpls., 612-767-9080

Bright colors and exotic prints deck the fresh Loring Park eatery. The menu plays some old favorites from the first location with a few interesting sparks from new dishes. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Café Minnesota

Minnesota History Ctr., 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, 651-259-3030

This bright, comfortably elegant cafeteria offers a weekly changing menu that includes dishes such as spinach-mushroom lasagna and old-fashioned chicken pot pie with carrots. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Caffe Biaggio

2356 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-917-7997

This small spot serves classic Italian fare. The regularly changing menu features pastas, salads, and antipasta. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

California Pizza Kitchen

12489 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove, 763-424-4890

Fans enjoy creative pizzas, pastas, and salads in a family-friendly environment. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Cambodia Cheng Heng

448 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-222-5577

This hole-in-the-wall serves some of the best Southeast Asian food in town. Be sure to ask for the photo menu to help with unfamiliar Cambodian specialties. Continue Reading

$ | Vietnamese |


1325 SE 4th St., Mpls., 612-331-4194

A Dinkytown staple for more than 20 years, Camdi is a family-run joint offering spring rolls, hot-and-sour soup, spicy prawns with lemongrass, plus several vegan options. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese, Vietnamese |



6411 City West Pkwy., Eden Prairie, 952-941-6868

This D'Amico trattoria is phenomenally refined for the moderate prices. People love its often superb Italian regional fare and relaxed, warm environment. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Canal Park Brewery

300 Canal Park Dr., Duluth, 218-464-4790

$ | American |

Canoe Bay

Hogback Rd., Chetek, 715-924-4594

Elegant regional American fare and superb wines are the order of the day at the Upper Midwest's only Relais and Chateaux member. The warm, Prairie-style dining room is welcoming and unpretentious. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

Cantina #1

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-854-6500

Corona beer's Mexican restaurant at the Mall of America wants to be Mexican beach shack chic, with tacos and tortas and a big list of margaritas. Continue Reading

$$ | Mexican |

Cap's Grille

5000 Hiawatha Ave., Mpls., 612-722-2277

This casual caf� close to the LRT features some of the area's best barbecue: apple-wood-smoked spare ribs, chicken, and beef brisket. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Carbone's Pizza

Several metro locations,

This local pizza chain has been doling out the red sauce for more than 30 years. It's all here: lasagna, sausage and peppers, hot hoagies, and a super pie gobbed with 12 toppings. Continue Reading

$ | American, Italian |

Carmelo's Ristorante

238 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-699-2448

Small and light on décor, Carmelo's is an Italian neighborhood eatery focused on friendly service and comforting favorites. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Carol's Restaurant

11888 NE Aberdeen St., Blaine, 763-757-9700

If the grandmother you've always wanted opened the caf� you've always wished for, it would be Carol's. Making real food from real and fresh ingredients, Carol's delivers home-cooked classics, including hot turkey sandwiches, pot roast, and pan-fried chicken. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Burgers and Fries at Casper & Runyon's Shamrocks

Casper & Runyon's Shamrocks

995 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-228-9925

The cheeseburgers at Shamrocks have some serious St. Paul DNA, with the hallowed Nook as a sibling. But don't overlook the wings, which are some of the meatiest, zingiest, crispiest in the metro. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

Casper's and Runyon's Nook

Casper's and Runyon's Nook

492 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-698-4347

The St. Paul leg of the Juicy Lucy triumvirate (along with Matt's and 5-8), this little slip of a bar is newly refreshed but still serves some of the best fries in town, a great burger, and what may be the definitive oozing cheeseburger experience. Don't be surprised to wait. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |

Caspian Bistro & Gourmet Market

2418 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-623-1113

Caspian Bistro's home-style approach to Persian, Greek, and Middle Eastern fare sets it apart from the other kebab shops. The restaurant and international marketplace offer homemade desserts as well. Continue Reading

$$ | Middle Eastern |

Cat Man Do

1659 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-528-7575

This Grand Avenue caf� offers a mix of Indian, Nepali, and Tibetan dishes, including some hard-to-find specialties such as green jackfruit curry and chicken choyla. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian, Middle Eastern |

Cav� Vin

5555 Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-922-0100

When you're in the mood for some moules (mussels), frites, or other bistro fare, Cav� Vin is solid. Long on value, the space is snug, minimalist�almost Parisian. Continue Reading

$$$ | French |

Cecils Delicatessen

651 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-698-0334

This longtime deli tradition offers great Reubens, coleslaw, and hard salami. Plus about the only authentic Jewish-deli ambience in the metro. Continue Reading

$$ | Deli |

Celts Irish Pub and Grill

14506 Robert Tr. S., Rosemount, 651-322-7995

In a castle-themed atmosphere, it serves traditional Irish pub grub, including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, and bangers and mash. Extensive selection of Irish whiskey and beer. Continue Reading

$ | American, European |