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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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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 |

Cantina Laredo

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-406-8311

Right off the packed food court on level three, this new Mexican spot has a quieter, more upscale vibe. No sombreros, but a great guacamole and some worthy margaritas for weary shoppers. Continue Reading

$$$ | Mexican |

Cap's Grille

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

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

$$ | Barbecue |

Carbone's Pizzeria

1834 E. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, 952-888-5563

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 |

Carbone's Pizzeria

6445 Lake Rd. Terr., Woodbury, 651-714-5519

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

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

2070 Eagle Creek Ln., Woodbury, 651-436-9999

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 |

Carbone's Pizzeria

4724 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-724-0063

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

251 W. Burnsville Pkwy., Burnsville, 952-746-8890

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

3724 W. 50th St., Edina, 612-920-0400

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 |

Carol's Restaurant

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

If the grandmother you've always wanted opened the café 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 |

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. Both 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 whether you're seeing a show or not. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

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 |

A dish from Cecils Delicatessen in St. Paul

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 |

Cedar Stone Urban Table Restaurant

Cedar + Stone, Urban Table

JW Marriott, Mall of America, Bloomington, 612-615-0100

The sparkly new JW Marriott at MOA has opened an upscale dining room and bar. There's notable efforts to use local products, and the hospitality is top-notch. It's a good zen place to escape the mall hordes. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

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 |

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 |

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, 651-439-0907

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 |

Charlie's on Prior

3950 Green Heights Tr. SW, Prior Lake, 952-226-5253

The newest, and only, restaurant on Prior Lake, Charlie's is all about nautical themes and lake living, serving American tavern food like burgers, nachos, pizzas, pastas, and tacos. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |