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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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Tagliatelle with foie gras meatballs at 112 Eatery

112 Eatery

112 N. 3rd St., Mpls., 612-343-7696

This small, chic eatery is the perfect setting for James Beard award-winning chef Isaac Becker's upscale take on a neighborhood restaurant. 112 is a sophisticated spot serving bold food with modern approach. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

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 |

AtoZ Produce and Bakery

N2956 Anker Ln., Stockholm, 715-448-4802

On Tuesdays, AtoZ Produce farm turns into a pizza farm. Cooking from outdoor brick ovens, the owners churn out giant pizzas with fresh ingredients grown on the property. It's picnic-style eating, so bring your own beverages and flatware, your seat is your butt. Closed in winter. Continue Reading

$ | Pizza |

Gnocchi with cauliflower and orange

Bar La Grassa

800 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-3837

Still clicking and packing them in, BLG feeds stylish eaters with innovative pastas and Italian dishes created with amazing ingredients. Sit at the counter and watch the action of a James Beard award-winning kitchen. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

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Barrio Edina

5036 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-920-1860

Barrio is a darkly hip tequila bar packed with irreverent décor and beautiful people. Tequila and mezcal dominate the drinks list, and the menu is stacked with finely crafted but nicely priced Mexican bar nosh. Continue Reading

$$$ | Latin American, Mexican |

Crab soup at Barrio

Barrio Minneapolis

925 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-333-9953

Barrio is a darkly hip tequila bar packed with irreverent décor and beautiful people. Tequila and mezcal dominate the drinks list, and the menu is stacked with finely crafted but nicely priced Mexican bar nosh. Continue Reading

$$ | Mexican |

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Barrio St. Paul

235 E. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3250

Barrio is a darkly hip tequila bar. The spaces are packed with irreverent décor and beautiful people. Tequila and mezcal dominate the drinks list, and the menu is stacked with finely crafted Mexican bar nosh: small plates, bigger dishes, plus tacos and enchiladas under $7. Continue Reading

$$ | Mexican |

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 |

Beef ribs at Big Daddy's BBQ

Big Daddy's BBQ

625 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-2516

Big Daddy smokes up the neighborhood in the best way possible. This BBQ is some of the best in either town; the Flintstone beef ribs are reason enough to join the line that forms each weekend. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Black Sheep Pizza

Black Sheep Pizza

600 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-342-2625

Black Sheep's coal-fired crusts are beautiful, and there's magic in the variety of fresh, robust toppings. The beer list will please any geek and salads change daily. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Black Sheep Pizza

Black Sheep Pizza

512 N. Robert St., St. Paul, 651-227-4337

Black Sheep's coal-fired crusts are beautiful, and there's magic in the variety of fresh, robust toppings. The beer list will please any geek and salads change daily. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

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Borough

730 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-354-3135

The new kid in the North Loop, Borough is a modern small-plates restaurant on the main floor with a plush, swank cocktail den called Parlour in the basement. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Braised lamb ribs at Bradstreet Craftshouse

Bradstreet Craftshouse

Graves 601 Hotel, 601 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-312-1821

Bradstreet bartenders were some of the first locals to shake high-end cocktails with hand-pressed juices, vintage spirits, and housemade bitters. Snack on creative small plates and rest easy that nothing is priced over $10. Continue Reading

$ | 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 |

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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 |

Lasagna di spinaci at Broders' Cucina

Broders' Cucina Italiana

2308 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-925-3113

The Broder family's creative take on an Italian salumeria/deli is without peer locally. It's a takeout temple with a few tables, offering pizzas, fresh pastas, imported meats and cheeses, salads, breads, and desserts. Delivery available. Continue Reading

$ | Deli, Italian |

Broders' Pasta Bar

Broders' Pasta Bar

5000 Penn Ave. S., Mpls., 612-925-9202

An iconic neighborhood restaurant, the Pasta Bar was cranking fresh pasta long before the current batch of upstarts. Simple and honest, the meals here are always comforting and satisfying, keeping it fresh and innovative with daily specials. No reservations. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

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Burch Steakhouse & Pizza Bar

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

The new hot spot opened by Isaac Becker in the old Burch Pharmacy has a steak and dumplings menu upstairs, and a pizza bar in the basement. Continue Reading

$$$ | Pizza, Steak |

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Butcher and the Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-238-8888

This den of meat and bourbon is one of the best nights out in town. The focus is craft American cooking, and that means house-crafted sausage, wild boar head cheese, cheesy grits, and a killer long rib. Bourbon flights and cocktails are strong and unfussy. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Café Lurcat

Café Lurcat

1624 Harmon Place, Mpls., 612-486-5500

Though splashier places have been popping up around Loring Park, Lurcat remains a sophisticated and stylish place to eat. The bar menu's small-plates are perfect for the cocktail set and the cafe menu stays current, yet accessible with modern preparations and fresh ingredients. Continue Reading

$$$$ | 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 |

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Campiello

6411 City West Pkwy., Eden Prairie, 952-941-6868

This D'Amico trattoria is phenomenally refined for the moderate prices. People love its often superb Italian regional fare and relaxed, warm environment. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Canoe Bay

Hogback Rd., Chetek, 715-924-4594

Elegant regional American fare and superb wines are the order of the day at the Upper Midwest's only Relais and Chateaux member. The warm, Prairie-style dining room is welcoming and unpretentious. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

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 |