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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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Muffuletta

Milton Sq., 2260 Como Ave., St. Paul, 651-644-9116

The fare is simple, seasonal, and often locally raised. Though there are occasional international flourishes, the menu's bread and butter is local ingredients turned into American bistro fare. Sunday night supper, with a fixed menu, follows brunch. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Nami

251 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-1999

This spacious, neutral-toned space is a stylish Japanese eatery where happy hour loyalists find a good deal and the sushi is decent and fresh. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

Bangkok hot plate at Naviya's Thai Brasserie

Naviya's Thai Brasserie

2812 W. 43rd St., Mpls., 612-276-5061

Naviya herself is cooking Thai favorites in the kitchen using natural, local proteins. Try the massaman curry, Thai beef shank noodle, or sweet basil fried rice. Continue Reading

$$ | Thai |

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

799 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-3301

There's much discussion about Ngon's innovative fusion fare made with local ingredients, such as the crispy rabbit dumplings in curry sauce and elk medallions with garlic-cilantro pasta. What's not up for discussion is the amazingly fragrant and tasty pho. Continue Reading

$$$ | French, Vietnamese |

Nicollet Island Inn

Nicollet Island Inn

95 Merriam St., Mpls., 612-331-1800

One of the most distinctive brunch sites in the city, with a charming 1893 dining room and superb river and skyline views. The menus feature chef-driven seasonal American fare cooked with fresh and local foods. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

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Nightingale

2551 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-7060

Drinks and creative small plates are the name of the game at this new spot that has stylishly turned a grocery store into a neighborhood gathering spot. Continue Reading

$ | American |

North 45° Restaurant and Bar

Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-6000

The restaurant in the Millennium Hotel is named after the 45th parallel of latitude running through Minneapolis and marks the half-way point from the Equator to the North Pole. Serving an all-day menu of familiar favorites, the copper-clad restaurant serves local beer along with flatbreads, sandwiches and entrees. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Northeast Social

Northeast Social

359 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-877-8111

The small menu reads like a chef's dinner party and features generous plates of thoughtful, seasonal fare. With its snappy soundtrack, friendly wait staff, and urbane neighborhood vibe, it's a great place to meet friends. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Nosh Restaurant & Bar

310 S. Washington St., Lake City, 651-345-2425

Mediterranean-influenced fare emphasizes local, seasonal, and regional ingredients. Daily changing menu may include roasted beet salad, seafood paella, grilled pork loin, or steak au poivre. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Nye's Polonaise Room

Nye's Polonaise Room

112 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-2021

Nye's is the epicenter of all cool in the Nordeast. It's a rite of passage for drinkers and singers who love the sing-along piano bar. It's organically hip, except for the food which is classic Polish, soak it all up with pierogis, and old-school steak house chops. Continue Reading

$$$ | European, Steak |

O'Donovan's Irish Pub

700 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-317-8896

Pre-gamers looking for something better than a sports bar frequent this Irish pub just across from the Target Center. Built in Ireland and shipped here piece by piece, it serves corned beef, malt chips, and shepherd's pie. Continue Reading

$$ | European |

O'Malley's Irish Pub

1775 Radio Dr # A, Woodbury, 651-578-7007‎

A welcome independent establishment in an area of mostly chain restaurants and bars, this family-owned Woodbury pub opened its doors on St. Patricks day in 2005, and has been serving the St. Paul suburb quality bar food, beer, and good spirits ever since. Continue Reading

$ | European, Irish |

One Two Three Sushi

80 S. 8th St., skyway level, Mpls., 612-354-3040

This little skyway spot makes fresh custom sushi rolls while you watch. Plus there are some hearty rames bowls and steamed buns for the downtown lunchers. Continue Reading

$ | Japanese, Veg-Friendly |

Fujianese-Style Drunken Pork Ribs at Pagoda

Pagoda

1417 SE 4th St., Mpls., 612-378-4710

Surprising for a cavernous, Pan-Asian restaurant near a college campus, this place kicks out high-quality, well-seasoned dishes, many of them less than $10. Seek out the spicy beef tenderloin, or try one of the bubbling tableside hot pots. Continue Reading

$$ | Asian |

Parka

4021 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-886-1585

A collaboration of foodists built this cafe in the Forage Modern Workshop store. Victory 44, Rustica Bakery, and Dogwood Coffee all come together to make this modern experiment of envelope-pushing but satisfying food. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Patisserie 46

Patisserie 46

4552 Grand Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-3257

John Kraus's serious bakery makes breads, pastries, and treats with traditional European technique. This is an island of adult refinement in a world awash with frilly cupcakes. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Patrick's Bakery & Cafe

2928 W. 66th St., Richfield, 612-861-7570

Patrick Bernet's French café offers a seasonal selection of such classic bistro fare as escargots, croque monsieur, and a killer lamb merguez burger. But don't even think of leaving without something freshly baked: a petite pain, an eclair, or an almond cookie, perhaps? Continue Reading

$$$ | Bakery, French |

Patrick's Bakery & Cafe

6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-861-9277

Patrick Bernet's French café offers a seasonal selection of such classic bistro fare as escargots, croque monsieur, and a killer lamb merguez burger. But don't even think of leaving without something freshly baked: a petite pain, an eclair, or an almond cookie, perhaps? Continue Reading

$$$ | Bakery, French |

Pazzaluna Urban Italian

360 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-223-7000

This Italian trattoria has a buzzy after-work scene. Sit at the kitchen bar or chef's table to experience Calabrian mussels, handmade gnocchi, or trout with a horseradish crust. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

People's Organic

Galleria, Edina, 952-426-1856

A quick-service cafe that features a notable amount of locally sourced organic ingredients in tasty soups, sandwiches, and salads. Of note, there are three delicious non-meat burgers options. Continue Reading

$$ | Deli, Veg-Friendly |

Pho at Pho 79

Pho 79

2233 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul, 651-644-2327

Consistent, cheap, and tasty, everything a little Vietnamese soup house should be. Pho 79 offers about 50 meal-in-a-bowl-style soups, along with the requisite Viet-style BBQ meats served on rice or noodles, plus good spring rolls and chili wings to boot.  Continue Reading

$ | Vietnamese |

Razor clam and lardo pave with American sturgeon caviar at Piccolo

Piccolo

4300 Bryant Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-8111

This tiny, polished neighborhood place is a serious foodie destination; each small plate is packed with ambition. Chef Doug Flicker's food is tasty, interesting, and beautifully orchestrated. Count on ordering a few wee winsome items to make a meal. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

A luscious meaty pie from Pig Ate My Pizza

Pig Ate My Pizza

4154 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale, 763-535-1131

In the former bones of Travail, this cutting-edge pizzeria has risen from the same band of merry cooks. Your pizza might have pork, it might have a smoke-filled dome, it might be covered in potato salad, that's the fun. Continue Reading

$ | American, Pizza |

Pineda Tacos

1304 Robert St., West St. Paul, 651-455-6833

This authentic Mexican cafeteria stuffs tacos and burritos with delicious chicken tinga, carnitas, and Mexican sausages. Continue Reading

$ | Mexican |

Pizza Nea

306 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-331-9298

A full-service Neapolitan-style pizza shop featuring 25 pizzas, plus appetizers and focaccia sandwiches. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |