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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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Krungthep Thai

Krungthep Thai Cuisine

2523 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-874-7721

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

$$ | Thai |

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 |

Mancini's Char House

531 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-224-7345

For 50 years, Mancini's has been the swank steak house of West 7th. Grab a cocktail, tuck into one of the high-backed booths, and relive the glory days. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

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 |

A table of food at Marla's Caribbean Cuisine

Marla's Caribbean Cuisine

3761 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-724-3088

Marla, Harry Singh's sister, is behind this intimate eatery serving Indian and Caribbean specialties, such as jerks and tandoori chicken, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Continue Reading

$$ | Caribbean, Indian |

Masu Sushi & Robata

Masu Sushi & Robata

330 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-332-6278

Everything gets a little flashier when Masu moves in, what with all the bright Japanese art, pachinko machines, and sushi, robata, and ramen. It's a chef-focused menu that reads at a much higher level than your average strip-mall sushi. Continue Reading

$$ | Japanese |

Masu Sushi & Robata

Masu Sushi & Robata

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-896-6278

Everything gets a little flashier when Masu moves in, what with all the bright Japanese art, pachinko machines, and sushi, robata, and ramen. It's a chef-focused menu that reads at a much higher level than your average strip-mall sushi. Continue Reading

$$ | Japanese |

Matt's Bar

Matt's Bar

3500 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-722-7072

In burger legend and lore, there is a special place for Matt's Jucy Lucy. What's basically a south Minneapolis corner dive complete with a jukebox, vinyl wallpaper, and cheap beer has become an iconic haunt. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

Maine lobster with celery root gratin and saffron vanilla emulsion 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 |

Monello

1115 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-353-6207

Hotel Ivy's restaurant is a slice of coastal Italy in the hands of chef Mike DeCamp, from the menu full of fresh crudo to the gilded interior. Head to the basement for the darkly cool cocktail bar, Constantine. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Italian |

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 |

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Nighthawks/Birdie

3753 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-248-8111

Landon Schoenefeld turns his attention to old-fashioned scratch diner food, with classics like chicken noodle soup and pancakes served all day at this approachable Kingfield spot. Birdie, his ticketed chef's table, offers one seating with around 12 courses of edgy small plates. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Northeast Social

Northeast Social

359 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-877-8111

The small menu reads like a chef's dinner party and features generous plates of thoughtful, seasonal fare. With its snappy soundtrack, friendly wait staff, and urbane neighborhood vibe, it's a great place to meet friends. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

On's Kitchen

1613 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-644-1444

On's is not for the timid traveler, but the wise foodist will know that frills do not a great Thai restaurant make. Fresh ingredients, home country recipes, and a love of spice and flavor make this one of the best places to eat real Thai food in town. Continue Reading

$ | Thai |

A pastry chef at 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 |

Hainanese Steamed Chicken at Peninsula

Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine

2608 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-8282

Malaysian food incorporates some of the best aspects of Thai, Indian, and Chinese cuisines, and there's no better place to sample it than at this notably handsome and very authentic Eat Street restaurant. Continue Reading

$$ | Asian |

Roasted heirloom carrots with foie-radish puree, duck fat powder, and smoked cheese at Piccolo

Piccolo

4300 Bryant Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-8111

This tiny, polished neighborhood place is a serious foodie destination; each small plate is packed with ambition. Chef Doug Flicker's food is tasty, interesting, and beautifully orchestrated. Count on ordering a few wee winsome items to make a meal. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

A luscious meaty pie from Pig Ate My Pizza

Pig Ate My Pizza

4154 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale, 763-537-7267

In the former bones of Travail, this cutting-edge pizzeria has risen from the same band of merry cooks. Your pizza might have pork, it might have a smoke-filled dome, it might be covered in potato salad, and that's the fun. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Pizza |

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Pizzeria Lola

5557 Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-424-8338

Modern, sleek, and anchored by a gleaming copper oven, Pizzeria Lola is cranking out creative, high-quality pies with great ingredients like La Quercia prosciutto, guanciale, and soft-cooked eggs. Bonus: soft-serve ice cream with olive oil and salt! Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Toto at Punch Neapolitan Pizza

Punch Neapolitan Pizza

1313 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, 952-476-7991

The area's definitive authentic Neapolitan pizzas combine a thin crust, a modest amount of toppings, and a luscious San Marzano tomato sauce to make a restrained but satisfying pie. Full service in Highland Park, counter service everywhere else. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Toto at Punch Neapolitan Pizza

Punch Neapolitan Pizza

3226 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-929-0006

The area's definitive authentic Neapolitan pizzas combine a thin crust, a modest amount of toppings, and a luscious San Marzano tomato sauce to make a restrained but satisfying pie. Full service in Highland Park, counter service everywhere else. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Toto at Punch Neapolitan Pizza

Punch Neapolitan Pizza

796 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-602-6068

The area's definitive authentic Neapolitan pizzas combine a thin crust, a modest amount of toppings, and a luscious San Marzano tomato sauce to make a restrained but satisfying pie. Full service in Highland Park, counter service everywhere else. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |