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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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Al's Breakfast

413 14th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-331-9991

Go to Al's, stand behind the row of 14 counter seats occupied by lucky eaters, and wait patiently for your turn to dig into the legendary blueberry-walnut cakes. Bring cash and a willingness to slide your whole breakfast down a seat if they ask. It's a landmark. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Fish and chips at Anchor Fish & Chips

Anchor Fish & Chips

302 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-676-1300

This chipper has humble surroundings that make it feel just like the out-of-Dublin pub it wants to be. Chips feature heavily on the menu, which includes well-battered fish, pasties, shepherd's pie, burgers, and a toasty grilled Irish cheddar sandwich. Continue Reading

$$ | European, Seafood |

Wild Acres Turkey Burger at Be'Wiched Deli

Be'wiched Deli

800 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-767-4330

Kitchen mavens created this chef-driven deli. This North Loop counter-service spot is the go-to deli for high-end sandwiches plus freshly made soups and salads. Dinner is more adventurous with fuller plates. Continue Reading

$ | American, Deli |

Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis | photo by Caitlin Abrams

Birchwood Cafe

3311 E. 25th St., Mpls., 612-722-4474

Seward's favorite all-day counter-service spot has been refreshed with a cool but comfortable modern vibe. A destination for those seeking local, farm-fresh food, it now has an open and airy room with more seating, private dining, and a communal table. Continue Reading

$$ | Veg-Friendly |

Huevos rancheros at Brasa Rotisserie

Brasa Rotisserie

777 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-1302

In the world of slow-roasted meats, Alex Roberts is king. At his Brasa, he serves up mouth-watering Latino-influenced soul foods, such as rotisserie chicken, slow-roasted pork, grits, rice, beans, and sweet potatoes in a cool, garage-minimal setting. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Latin American |


Brasa Rotisserie

600 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-3030

In the world of slow-roasted meats, Alex Roberts is king. At his Brasa, he serves up mouth-watering, Latino-influenced soul foods, such as rotisserie chicken, slow-roasted pork, grits, rice, beans, and sweet potatoes in a cool garage-minimal setting. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Latin American |

Steak at Burch Steakhouse in Uptown, Minneapolis

Burch Steakhouse & Pizza Bar

1933 Colfax Ave. S., Mpls., 612-843-1515

The slick hot spot by Isaac Becker on the edge of Uptown is nothing short of a reimagined modern steak house. Order your cut by preferred size, take on a dumpling as a side, or choose a fresh, creative pizza from the basement bar's menu. Continue Reading

$$$ | Pizza, Steak |

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 |

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 |

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

Chef Shack

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 |

Cook St. Paul restaurant | Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Cook St. Paul

1124 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-756-1787

Eddie Wu took the old Serlin's Cafe on Payne and made it into a brighter, fresher neighborhood gathering space. Breakfast and lunch bring classic but thoughtful diner dishes (Monte Cristo! Chicken wild rice soup!) plus a few surprises like a Korean pancake and bibimbap. The house hot sauce is outta sight. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Tacos at El Burrito Mercado

El Burrito Mercado

175 Cesar Chavez St., #2, St. Paul, 651-227-2192

The Twin Cities' essential Mexican market offers the area's best tamales, great carnitas, and superior braised dishes, such as pork in green chilies and chicken mole. Grab a quick lunch at the deli counter or have a seat in the full-service café at the St. Paul location. Continue Reading

$ | Mexican |

Steak cobb salad at Good Day Cafe

Good Day Cafe

5410 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley, 763-544-0205

If you count yourself among those who value great recipes, warm service, and a convivial atmosphere, count yourself a fan of the GDC. The bright, open, upscale diner delivers stellar pancakes, plus creative and classic lunches such as a killer Reuben or steak salad. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Kobe brisket corned beef hash at Grande Cafe

Grand Café

3804 Grand Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-8260

Grand Café is simultaneously a bohemian throwback with mismatched furniture, tarnished silver, and an ancient bread oven, and a fine contemporary neighborhood café whose star shines brighter than most. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |



119 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-8484

Chef Landon Schoenefeld delivers tricked-out renditions of homey food. The menu offers all sorts of creative foodist fun, from General Tso's sweetbreads to a definitive fried chicken and waffles at brunch, from a killer burger to the most compelling veggie tasting menu in town. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Roasted celeriac with crimini mushrooms, chicken skin, parsley, and dill at Heyday restaurant


2700 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-200-9369

One of the hottest restaurants to open in 2014, Heyday is a cool casual eatery where chef Jim Christiansen cooks modern, creative plates with focused flavors and seasonal ingredients. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

The bar at Hola Arepa in Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Hola Arepa

3501 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-345-5583

It's the staycation you deserve, all wrapped up in an aqua-blue hut. Hola has become a hot spot for griddled corn arepas stuffed with braised meats, killer cocktails from pro mixologists, and an appropriate hangover-busting brunch on the weekends. Continue Reading

$$ | Latin American |



2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-276-6523

The music is coming from this hot stage and restaurant on Eat Street. The warehouse vibe keeps the scene as edgy as the menu. Small snacky plates for drinkers and sassy creative cocktails for eaters. Sit at the back kitchen bar for the real show. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Jax Café

Jax Café

1928 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-789-7297

Jax's food, more often than not, is classic but up to date. And because it's out of the way for most of us, a meal at Jax just feels special. And it is. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Seafood, Steak |

Kopplin's Coffee


2038 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-0457

Kopplin's is ground zero for the local coffee movement, which means that it serves a mean cuppa joe. In comfortable digs on Marshall, there's a good authentic vibe to the place. Continue Reading

$ | Coffee House |

Pastrami at Kramarczuk's


215 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-3018

This lunch institution serves huge sausages, roast-beef sandwiches, and imported bottles of beer. The deli features a world of homemade sausages and salamis, plus the crusty rolls they're meant to be eaten on. Continue Reading

$$ | Deli, Russian |

The patio at Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar

Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar

1432 W. 31st St., Mpls., 612-825-1572

After 30 years, Lucia's still doesn't miss a beat. From the weekly changing menu of creative seasonal, regional fare to the great wine bar and lovely brunches, even under new ownership, it remains worthy of national acclaim. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Wine Bar |

Lyn 65 restaurant in Richfield, Minnesota | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar

6439 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-353-5501

A chef-driven spot in an area short on quality food, this place is packed and buzzing with eaters digging the silver buckets of buttermilk fried chicken, gently cooked trout, a right-on burger, and some of the best cocktails south of Crosstown. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Dim sum at Mandarin Kitchen

Mandarin Kitchen

8766 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-884-5356

One of the best Chinese restaurants in town, Mandarin Kitchen specializes in Hong Kong–style seafood, but the traditional Cantonese favorites are also wonderful. A destination for dim sum brunch. Continue Reading

$$ | Chinese |

Steak at Manny's Steakhouse

Manny's Steakhouse

W Minneapolis–The Foshay, 825 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-9900

Manny's is, for many, the quintessential local steak experience. The steaks are great, the Neuske's thick-cut bacon appetizer is obnoxiously yummy, and the service is brimming with well-meaning swagger. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |