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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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Parka restaurant in Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Parka

4021 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-886-1585

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

$$ | American |

Patisserie 46

Patisserie 46

4552 Grand Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-3257

John Kraus's serious bakery makes breads, pastries, and treats with traditional European technique. This is an island of adult refinement in a world awash with frilly cupcakes. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Mussels with pork and beer at Pat's Tap

Pat's Tap

3510 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-822-8216

Kim Bartmann turned a crusty old dive bar into a shiny new dive bar with Pat's Tap. It's a gastropub with skee-ball in the back, beers and bourbon at the bar, and burgers and charcuterie from the kitchen. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |

A baker making loaves of bread at Rustica Bakery Minneapolis | Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Rustica Bakery

3224 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-822-1119

Rustica is still baking up some of the metro's best artisan breads, not to menition cookies of wonder. Teaming up with Dogwood has brought along great coffee, and now the thrilling soups and sandwiches, designed by Erick Harcey, finally make this a place worth a few of your hours. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery, Coffee House |

Sun Street Breads

Sun Street Breads

4600 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-354-3414

Solveig Tofte bakes up all kinds of innovative loaves at her bakery, and manages to woo the neighborhood with tasty biscuit sandwiches, sourdough flapjacks, porchetta sandwiches and kolacky to boot. Continue Reading

$ | American, Bakery |

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The Kenwood

2115 W. 21st St., Mpls., 612-377-3695

Chef Don Saunders owns this little neighborhood charmer serving chef-driven food, including brunch every day so you can have your eggs and eat them too. Dinner is a bigger affair with plates of accessible, seasonal goodness cooked with classic technique. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Bone-in ribeye at The Strip Club

The Strip Club

378 Maria Ave., St. Paul, 651-793-6247

Chef J. D. Fratzke is cooking up a storm, and his meaty menu—comprising small plates and a short list of mains that includes the eponymous grilled New York strip offered with a choice of seven sauces—is both varied and deftly prepared.  Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Steak |

Gravlax at Tilia

Tilia

2726 43rd St. W., Mpls., 612-354-2806

This tiny restaurant is the culmination of a lifetime's work for chef Steven Brown. The clean, intimate space is anchored by an open kitchen where the chef and his team cook modern American food with focused flavors. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Pancakes at Victor's 1959 Café

Victor's 1959 Café

3756 Grand Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-8948

The memorabilia-filled Cuban café serves one of the most memorable breakfasts around: mango or banana pancakes, yuca and eggs, a sweet plantain omelet. For dinner check out the Picadillo a la Cubana or the ropa vieja. Continue Reading

$$ | Caribbean |

Victory 44

Victory 44

2203 44th Ave. N., Mpls., 612-588-2228

A hot foodie destination, Victory 44 brings eaters to north Minneapolis. The chefs cook and serve food that uses local and fresh ingredients crafted with high-end technique, the overall effect is familiar and delicious. It feels like a neighborhood joint, just with better food. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

W.A. Frost and Company patio | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

W.A. Frost & Company

374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5715

A landmark location and creative cuisine make W.A. Frost one of the best in St. Paul. Whether it's burgers on the stunning patio in summer or the six-course tasting menu next to one of the roaring fireplaces in winter, Frost is a singular experience. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |