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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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Chez Daniel Bistro

2800 American Blvd., Bloomington, 952-888-4447

$$$ | French |

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 |

Chianti Grill

2050 Snelling Ave. N., Roseville, 651-644-2808

Serving both authentic and innovative Italian and American dishes, Chianti Grill is a casual eatery featuring flatbreads, baked pastas, steaks, and seafood. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Italian |

Chianti Grill

14296 Plymouth Ave., Burnsville, 952-892-7555

Serving both authentic and innovative Italian and American dishes, Chianti Grill is a casual eatery featuring flatbreads, baked pastas, steaks, and seafood. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Italian |

Chilkoot Cafe

826 S. 4th St., Stillwater, 651-342-0429

$$ | American |

Manchurian stir fry at ChinDian Cafe

ChinDian Café

1500 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-676-1818

Nina Wong of Rainbow Chinese owns this small Chinese-Indian fusion restaurant. The menu has hints of Malaysian and Vietnamese flavors in wok noodles, hot and sour soups, samosas, and the like. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese, Indian |

Fidel's Capitalist Pig Roast at Chino Latino

Chino Latino

2916 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-824-7878

One of the most rollicking, youthful, edgy restaurant scenes. The menu is culled from many of the equatorial countries of the world and remains more fun than refined. Cocktails are huge and infamous, and the late-night happy hour is a budget eater's dream.  Continue Reading

$$$ | Asian, Latin American |

Chris & Rob's Chicago's Taste Authority

603 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-228-9347

It's a hot dog world for Chris & Rob, whose Chicago-style eateries serve Vienna Beef hot dogs on poppy-seed buns, Italian beef sandwiches, meatball sandwiches, pizzas, and a few pastas. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Chris & Rob's Chicago's Taste Authority

7429 East River Rd., Fridley, 763-571-0288

It's a hot dog world for Chris & Rob, whose Chicago-style eateries serve Vienna Beef hot dogs on poppy-seed buns, Italian beef sandwiches, meatball sandwiches, pizzas, and a few pastas. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Chris & Rob's Chicago's Taste Authority

3101 E. 42nd St., Mpls., 612-729-5507

It's a hot dog world for Chris & Rob, whose Chicago-style eateries serve Vienna Beef hot dogs on poppy-seed buns, Italian beef sandwiches, meatball sandwiches, pizzas, and a few pastas. Continue Reading

$ | American |

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Christos

15600 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka, 952-912-1000

The Greek/Cypriot menu here is traditional, and the standards are all well done. The atmosphere is bright and the welcome always warm. St. Paul closed on Sun. Continue Reading

$$$ | Greek |

Gyros at Christos

Christos

Union Depot, 214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, 651-224-6000

The Greek/Cypriot menu here is traditional, and the standards are all well done. The atmosphere is bright and the welcome always warm. St. Paul closed on Sun. Continue Reading

$$$ | Greek |

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Christos

2632 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-871-2111

The Greek/Cypriot menu here is traditional, and the standards are all well done. The atmosphere is bright and the welcome always warm. St. Paul closed on Sun. Continue Reading

$$$ | Greek |

Ciao Bella

3501 Minnesota Dr., Bloomington, 952-841-1000

This is the original of Rick Webb's Minnitalians. It offers the same mix of carefully prepared, winning, reasonably authentic Italian cooking and attentive service. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Sloppy joe at Citizen Cafe

Citizen Café

2403 E. 38th St., Mpls., 612-729-1122

This south Minneapolis neighborhood place offers scratch-made American fare that is big on comfort. Make sure to check out the Citizen Joe, a pastry-ensconced version of a sloppy joe. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Claddagh Irish Pub

7890 N. Main St., Maple Grove, 763-773-7400

A local outpost of a national chain, Claddagh serves Irish pub fare, including fish and chips, Guinness beef stew, shepherd's pie, and corned beef, along with some familiar American favorites. Continue Reading

$$ | American, European |

Coalition

227 Water St., Excelsior, 952-283-1952

The plush interior belies a locally sourced menu of eclectic, rustic-gone-upscale dishes paired with the first craft cocktails in Excelsior. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Cocina Latina

3764 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-2971

It's a Latin American restaurant with a heavy Ecuadorian influence. There are plenty of meat platters brimming with rice and plantains, plus some interesting dishes including goat stew. Try the figs and cheese for dessert. Continue Reading

$$$ | Latin American |

Coho Café & Bakery

7126 Hwy. 61 W., Tofte, 218-663-8032

This small bakery and café is located in the Bluefin Bay resort and offers up fresh-made breads, salads, pastas, and sandwiches. The pizzas make a good pickup on your way northward. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Boeuf bourguignon at Collette Bar & Bistro

Colette Bar & Bistro

5601 W. 78th St., Bloomington, 952-835-1900

After a well-styled freshening up, Colette gives off a comfortable modern vibe that works well with its sophisticated French regional cuisine. Continue Reading

$$$ | French |

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Colossal Café

2315 Como Ave., St. Paul, 651-797-4027

These teensy cafés serves up huge satisfaction. The house specialty flapper, a yeasted pancake filled with whip cream and other delights, will kill your hunger while staying sweet to your wallet. Continue Reading

$ | American |

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Colossal Café

1839 E. 42nd St., Mpls., 612-729-2377

These teensy cafés serves up huge satisfaction. The house specialty flapper, a yeasted pancake filled with whip cream and other delights, will kill your hunger while staying sweet to your wallet. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Common Roots Café

Common Roots Café

2558 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-2360

The community-oriented spot serves up dense, chewy, and flavorful homemade bagels. An easy list of soups, salads, and sandwiches made from local and fair-trade ingredients round out the menu. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Deli |

Conga Latin Bistro

501 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-331-3360

A hot spot for salsa dancing and live music, the restaurant features Latin American specialties such as paella, empanadas, and pollo al ajillo. Continue Reading

$$ | Caribbean, Spanish |

Convention Grill

3912 Sunnyside Rd., Edina, 952-920-6881

One of Edina's favorite family haunts. The homemade burgers, fries, and malts are often top-notch. Real diner atmosphere and the option of counter service are added bonuses. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |