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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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Carbone's Pizzeria

1665 Yankee Doodle Rd., Eagan, 651-452-6000

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

$$ | Pizza |

Carbone's Pizzeria

680 E. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-771-5553

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

$$ | Pizza |

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 |

Cask Cookhouse

Loews Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1821

Taking the place of Bradstreet Craftshouse, Cask has also kept the menu of creative small plates and high-end cocktails of the former bar�for now. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

A burger from Casper's and Runyon's Nook

Casper's & 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 |

Burger and Fries at Casper & Runyon's Shamrocks

Casper's & 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 |

Caspian Bistro

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 |

The bar at Cast & Cru in Greenwood, Minnesota | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Cast & Cru

5185 Meadville St., Greenwood, 952-767-9700

In the freshly revamped Old Log Theater, the dining room features meaty, modern American plates like braised wild boar shank and a Turducken sandwich, whether you're seeing a show or not. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

Cat Man Do

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

This Grand Avenue café 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 |

Cavé Vin

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

When you're in the mood for some moules (mussels), frites, or other bistro fare, Cavé 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, Irish |

Celts Irish Pub and Grill

6559 Concord Blvd., Inver Grove Heights, 651-455-5210

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, Irish |

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen, 952-934-1525

The nation's oldest full-service dinner theater serves a seasonal menu, which may include chicken breast stuffed with wild rice dressing, top sirloin with baby red potatoes, and catch-of-the-day fish. Reservations required. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Charlie's at the Historic Water Street Inn

101 S. Water St., Stillwater, 651-439-6000

An elegant dining room in a Victorian inn offering a four-course chef's menu on Wednesday nights. Casual pub menu also available. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Chart House Restaurant

11287 Klamath Tr., Lakeville, 952-435-7156

Providing lakeside dining in Lakeville since 1968, the lounge operates under the name Rupperts and offers a casual vibe. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Diners at Chatterbox Pub

Chatterbox Pub

4501 France Ave. S., Mpls., 612-920-3221

Whimsical menu items include the Hellcat Inferno burger, the lager-battered chicken fingers, and build-your-own mac 'n' cheese. Standards all get a creative take, most always to good effect. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Diners at Chatterbox Pub

Chatterbox Pub

800 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-699-1154

Whimsical menu items include the Hellcat Inferno burger, the lager-battered chicken fingers, and build-your-own mac 'n' cheese. Standards all get a creative take, most always to good effect. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Diners at Chatterbox Pub

Chatterbox Pub

2229 E. 35th St., Mpls., 612-728-9871

Whimsical menu items include the Hellcat Inferno burger, the lager-battered chicken fingers, and build-your-own mac 'n' cheese. Standards all get a creative take, most always to good effect. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Cheeky Monkey

Cheeky Monkey

525 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-6066

The casual joint has a British vibe and serves up sandwiches, soup, salads, and other expected deli fare, as well as big plates during dinner. The pot roast sandwich deserves its reputation. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Chef Shack Ranch in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Chef Shack Bay City

W 6379 Main St., Bay City, 715-594-3060

The outstate Bay City version of the Chef Shack food trucks is worth the drive. Open seasonally, the restaurant is a charming spot with collected antiques and a refined but on-message menu: Food is locally sourced, prepared with skill and attention, and is humble and dazzling at the same time. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Chef Shack Ranch in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Chef Shack Ranch

3025 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-354-2575

The Ranch version of the popular Chef Shack food trucks is a cool urban truck stop decked with old West kitsch and sassy eats. The Cowboy Plate with smoked brisket is best sided with a mess of Trucker Fries, but there are also veggie curries, plus a round of creative specials each week. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Cherokee Tavern

886 Smith Ave. S., West St. Paul, 651-457-2729

Cherokee Tavern has a buffed-up menu of casual fare such as burgers, sandwiches, and Tony's 5-step fries. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Chevys Fresh Mex

2251 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, 952-814-9555

A national chain with a menu featuring fajitas, enchiladas, tamales, made-from-scratch guacamole and salsa, and lots of margaritas. Continue Reading

$$ | Mexican |

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Chiang Mai Thai

Calhoun Sq., Mpls., 612-827-1606

Sneak off the main drag in Uptown and find Chiang Mai tucked in the back of Calhoun Square. Dishes come from all over Thailand; go hot and spicy with ginger curry stir-fry or mellow with crispy fried basil fish. Continue Reading

$$ | Thai |