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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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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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 |

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 |

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 |

Tuna crudo at Gather

Gather

Walker Art Center, Mpls., 612-253-3410

The stylish eatery at the Walker stays on-trend with modern edge. The food is fresh, seasonal, New American nosh, some of which is contributed by the monthly guest chef. Dinner is Thursday night only. 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 |

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 |

Heidi's

Heidi's

2903 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-3512

Stewart and Heidi Woodman's food-forward restaurant is altogether urban cutting-edge with a glassed-in kitchen and dining room graffiti. The menu displays Woodman's innovative takes on Midwestern modern cuisine. 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 |

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 |