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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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Casper's and Runyon's Nook

Casper's and Runyon's Nook

492 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-698-4347

The St. Paul leg of the Juicy Lucy triumvirate (along with Matt's and 5-8), this little slip of a bar is newly refreshed but still serves some of the best fries in town, a great burger, and what may be the definitive oozing cheeseburger experience. Don't be surprised to wait. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |

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 |

Evergreen Taiwanese

2424 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-871-6801

Rising above the humble basement dwellings, Evergreen delivers one of the best Chinese menus in the Cities. The hot pot specials and the drunken chicken are superior choices, but don't forget to check out the blackboard menu of specials. Continue Reading

$$ | Chinese |

Fasika

510 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-646-4747

If you've never sampled Ethiopian cuisine, this is the place to try it. There are several excellent sampler platters and prices are a bargain. Use the spongy bread served with the meal to gather up the assorted stews and veggies and eat with your hands. Messy, but fun. Continue Reading

$$ | African |

Sushi at Fuji Ya

Fuji Ya

465 N. Wabasha St., St. Paul, 651-310-0111

Having been around long enough to see the advent of strip-mall sushi, Fuji Ya keeps pace with the new kids on creativity and kills them on quality. Who do you think invented the No. 9 roll? Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

Sushi at Fuji Ya

Fuji Ya

600 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-871-4055

Having been around long enough to see the advent of strip-mall sushi, Fuji Ya keeps pace with the new kids on creativity and kills them on quality. Who do you think invented the No. 9 roll? Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

Five-spice garlic shrimp at Gandhi Mahal

Gandhi Mahal

3009 27th Ave., Mpls., 612-729-5222

The menu is full of traditional dishes, and an entire section is dedicated to a "strict Gandhian diet" (read: vegetarian), but it offers some interesting twists on old classics. Check out the lassi sampler to stretch your yogurt drink boundaries. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian |

Gardens of Salonica

19 NE 5th St., Mpls., 612-378-0611

This Northeast eatery has many fans who consider the Greek menu the area's tastiest. Even after 20 years, chef/owner Anna Christoforides still has a few surprises up her sleeve. Continue Reading

$$ | Greek |

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 |

Grand Szechuan

Grand Szechuan

10602 France Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-888-6507

Grand Szechuan is tops for Szechuan, whether you seek the heat or something a bit tamer. Don't let the humble locations fool you, the food is well-crafted. Look for typical offerings of dan-dan noodles, double cooked pork, and crispy duck with taro. Continue Reading

$$ | Chinese |

Grand Szechuan

187 Cheshire Ln. N., Plymouth, 763-404-1770

Grand Szechuan is tops for Szechuan, whether you seek the heat or something a bit tamer. Don't let the humble locations fool you, the food is well-crafted. Look for typical offerings of dan-dan noodles, double cooked pork, and crispy duck with taro. Continue Reading

$$ | Chinese |

Harbor View Café

314 1st St., Pepin, 715-442-3893

The essential Twin Cities day-trip dining experience. On the bluffs of the Mississippi River, this unassuming spot delivers superb fish, game, lamb, and pasta dishes. Seasonal hours,check before you go. 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 |

Heartland Restaurant Midwest modern cuisine

Heartland Restaurant

289 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-699-3536

Lenny Russo's essentially local restaurant showcases the best of Midwestern modern cuisine. The soaring space offers three kitchen tables, private dining, an in-house butcher shop, and a gourmet market where you can pick up the goods he cooks with. 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 |

Izzy's Ice Cream

Izzy's Ice Cream

2034 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-603-1458

One of the best ice cream shops in town, Izzy's charms with fun flavors and that little namesake extra nugget of ice cream on top of your cone. Check out the website to see if your fave flave is in the case right now. Continue Reading

$ | Ice Cream |

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 |

Krungthep Thai

Krungthep Thai

2523 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-824-7721

Owners of the popular Bangkok Thai deli opened this Minneapolis outpost on Eat Street. Expect the same great authentic Thai recipes which make this a standout in the metro. Continue Reading

$$ | Thai |

Grilled lamb burgers at La Belle Vie

La Belle Vie

510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440

James Beard Award-wining chef Tim McKee's sophisticated but recognizable Mediterranean fare remains superlative, offered in tasting menus. The dining room is the standard for fine dining locally, but the adjacent lounge offers delectable small bites, creative cocktails and a more casual scene. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American, French |