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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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Al's Breakfast

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

It's considered a rite of passage for U of M students and pancake-o-philes of any age. 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. 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 Sandwiches & 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 |

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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 |

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 |

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 caf� close to the LRT features some of the area's best barbecue: apple-wood-smoked spare ribs, chicken, and beef brisket. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Corner Table

Corner Table

4537 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-823-0011

Corner Table has evolved into one of the best neighborhood eateries in town. Under the ownership and reign of Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone, it has become refined but humble and satisfying. A true find. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Sweet potato agnolotti with squash blossoms at Cosmos

Cosmos

Graves 601 Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1168

The fine dining restaurant in the Graves, Cosmos is a staggeringly beautiful room with a sophisticated vibe. The menu offers chef-driven dishes and tasting menus that are spot-on. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

El Burrito Mercado

Midtown Global Market, Mpls., 612-227-2192

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 cafe at the St. Paul location. Continue Reading

$ | Mexican |

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 cafe 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 and be prepared to wait. 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 |

Harry Singh's Caribbean

2653 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-729-6181

A Twin Cities institution, Harry Singh's offers home-cooked Caribbean fare in big portions, softly priced, with a collection of scratch hot sauces that are some of the best in town. Continue Reading

$$ | Caribbean |

HauteDish

HauteDish

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

Chef Landon Schoenefeld delivers tricked-out renditions of homey food. The menu, divided into First, Middle, and Last, offers all sorts of foodist fun, from General Tso's sweetbreads to a cube of fried chicken, while still managing a South Dakota steak house salad and a burger, most for less than $20. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

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Icehouse

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

Be'Wiched's Matt Bickford and Mike Ryan have opened this hot music club and restaurant on Eat Street. The warehouse vibe keeps the scene as edgy as the small plates and drink menu. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Kopplin's Coffee

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 roomier digs on Marshall, there are now more gadgets and snacks. Continue Reading

$ | Coffee House |

Pastrami at Kramarczuk's

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 |

Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar

Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar

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

Lucia Watson's cozy storefront doesn't miss a beat. From her weekly changing menu of creative seasonal, regional fare to the great wine bar and lovely brunches, Lucia's remains worthy of national acclaim. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Wine Bar |

Dim sum at Mandarin Kitchen

Mandarin Kitchen

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

One of the best Chinese restaurants in town, specializing in Hong Kong-style seafood, which dominates the menu, but the traditional Cantonese favorites are also wonderful. A destination for dim sum brunch. Continue Reading

$$ | Chinese |

Steak at Manny's Steak House

Manny's Steakhouse at the W

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

Manny's is, for many, the quintessential local steak experience. In posh digs at the W Hotel, it seems refreshed and ready for the next 20 years. The steaks are great, the Neuske's thick-cut bacon appetizer is obnoxiously yummy, and the service is brimming with cool-kid attitude. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

Oysters at Meritage

Meritage

410 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-222-5670

St. Paul's best French brasserie is a real charmer. Chef-owner Russell Klein and his wife, Desta, capture the feel and the flavors of an urbane French dining experience. From escargots and foie gras to the authentic cheese cart, you'll feel like you're in Paris. Continue Reading

$$$ | French |

Meatloaf at Modern Café

Modern Café

337 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-378-9882

Creative, eclectic comfort food is the order of the day, using local ingredients and a seasonal emphasis. The signature pot roast is known throughout town, though the meatloaf is just as good. And now you can add sassy cocktails to their accomplishments. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Diners at moto-i

moto-i

2940 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-821-6262

Besides being the only sake brewpub outside of Japan, moto-i has really come into its own as a Japanese izakaya with ramen, whole fish, a crazy brunch menu, and one of the more zen rooftops in town. Continue Reading

$$ | Asian |

Parka

4021 E. Lake St., Mpls.,

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

$$ | American |