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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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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

210 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-623-8114

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

704 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-696-1066

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

8353 Crystal View Rd., Eden Prairie, 952-943-9557

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 |

Que Nha

849 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-290-8552

This clean and crisp Vietnamese restaurant offers the best and most varied Vietnamese menu in town. From bamboo-cooked rice to the ethereal pho, stir-fries and hot pots are all nicely turned out, and the spicy chicken with lemongrass is one of the best Asian dishes in town. Continue Reading

$ | Vietnamese |

Celery root souffle at Restaurant Alma

Restaurant Alma

528 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-379-4909

In the current landscape of cheffy bravado and self-promotion, Alma is a quietly elegant and unpretentious restaurant where the fresh, elevated scratch fare is allowed to take center stage. James Beard Award-winning chef Alex Roberts knows how to create the perfect bite. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

Rustica Bakery

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 |

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

123 N. 3rd St., Mpls., 612-746-5533

The focus of chef Sameh Wadi's spot is Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare with contemporary twists. The menu includes a variety of interesting small plates and meze that run the gamut from earthy homemade sausage to foie gras. Continue Reading

$$$ | Middle Eastern |

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Sea Change

806 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-225-6499

The lure is sustainably sourced seafood prepared and served with visual, textural, and flavor-packed flair. Whether it's raw bar treats bursting with freshness, small plates boasting unorthodox combinations, or a full complement of non-fish entrees, the menu covers the waterfront. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood |

Shuang Cheng

1320 SE 4th St., Mpls., 612-378-0208

This Dinkytown Cantonese spot is revered for seafood. Asian expats and lifelong Midwesterners line up for superb lobster, scallops, clams, and fresh fish in a variety of flavorful but simple sauces. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese |

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 |

Sushi Fix

862 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-473-1364

The first sushi truck is now a real shop. The tiny shop is modern, cool, and anchored by the same guys who made the truck a hit. Fresh and creative sushi has hit the lake. Continue Reading

$$ | Japanese |

Juicy buns at Tea House

Tea House Chinese Restaurant

88 Nathan Ln., Plymouth, 763-544-3422

Ask for the special Sichuan menu—that's where all the good stuff is. Superb fish soup, cold Sichuan noodles, chung king spicy chicken, cucumbers in spicy sauce, and shredded pork in garlic sauce are all outstanding. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese |

Juicy buns at Tea House

Tea House Chinese Restaurant

2425 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-331-8866

Ask for the special Sichuan menu—that's where all the good stuff is. Superb fish soup, cold Sichuan noodles, chung king spicy chicken, cucumbers in spicy sauce, and shredded pork in garlic sauce are all outstanding. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese |

Juicy buns at Tea House

Tea House Chinese Restaurant

1676 Suburban Ave., St. Paul, 651-771-1790

Ask for the special Sichuan menu—that's where all the good stuff is. Superb fish soup, cold Sichuan noodles, chung king spicy chicken, cucumbers in spicy sauce, and shredded pork in garlic sauce are all outstanding. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese |

Juicy buns at Tea House

Tea House Chinese Restaurant

330 S. 2nd Ave., skyway, Mpls., 612-343-2133

Ask for the special Sichuan menu—that's where all the good stuff is. Superb fish soup, cold Sichuan noodles, chung king spicy chicken, cucumbers in spicy sauce, and shredded pork in garlic sauce are all outstanding. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese |

Ribs at Ted Cook's 19th Hole BBQ

Ted Cook's 19th Hole BBQ

2814 E. 38th St., Mpls., 612-721-2023

A giant iron smoker and grill and the imperious gaze of the pit masters dominate this small takeout-only eatery. Cook's cherry-and-hickory-smoked spare ribs, chicken, and rib tips shouldn't be missed, nor should the sweet-hot glazy sauce that is a must for heat freaks. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Salmon gravlax at Bachelor Farmer

The Bachelor Farmer

50 2nd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-206-3920

In a restored warehouse with a rooftop garden, The Bachelor Farmer will refresh and redefine your memories with funky Scandi decor and new interpretations of Nordic cuisine. The downstairs Marvel Bar is a den of mixology. Continue Reading

$$$ | European |

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The Capital Grille

LaSalle Plaza, 801 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-692-9000

The one chain steak house that can compete with food-focused restaurants for quality and creativity. Go for the Delmonico rib eye and wonderful creamed spinach. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

The Glockenspiel

605 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-292-9421

If you have any trace of German blood or a Teutonic need for spaetzle, Glockenspiel has you covered. Your sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel, and wurst are all here to be washed down with a Trappist ale. Continue Reading

$$ | European |

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The Gray House

610 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-823-4338

This new little slip in LynLake is chef Ian Gray's version of a gastropub. The seasonal menu has both small and larger portions of dishes to encourage sharing,the flavor mixes are surprising and the pasta is fresh. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

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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 |

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The Lynn on Bryant

5003 Bryant Ave. S., Mpls., 612-767-7797

The Lynn is a bright and modern space in which beautifully crafted yet humble food with a French influence comes out of the tiny boxed kitchen, to the delight of neighbors and fans. 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 |