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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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Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Drive-In

1960 Suburban Ave., St. Paul, 651-379-9898

A national chain known for cheeky advertising and a wide selection of beverages, Sonic opened its first local outpost on the East Side of St. Paul. The drive-in's menu features toaster sandwiches, fresh-to-order burgers, chili-covered Coney Island hot dogs, and enjoys a cultlike following. Continue Reading

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MyBurger

213 SE Oak St., Mpls., 612-345-4892

What started as a skyway lunch stop has bloomed into a mini empire. The graphics are cool and hip while the burgers are good and creative in rotation at this local independent. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |

R. Burger Bar

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-858-8558

Attached to Rick Bronson's House of Comedy, burger joint offers bar nosh and a round of specialty burgers and a list of spiked milkshakes as well. Continue Reading

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Red Robin

15560 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley, 952-997-6250

This kid-friendly eatery serves burgers with unusual toppings and all-you-can-eat fries. Plus a large selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic juice-based drinks. Continue Reading

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Red Cow

3624 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-767-4411

It's a burger-centric menu that includes a lot of snacks for tavern goers, which works out as there's a stellar list of craft beer and wines on tap. The best turkey burger in town. Continue Reading

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MyBurger

601 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-436-0330

What started as a skyway lunch stop has bloomed into a mini empire. The graphics are cool and hip while the burgers are good and creative in rotation at this local independent. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |

JL Beers

24 University Ave., Mpls., 612-208-0400

Boasting some 40 taps of craft and conventional beers, burgers and fries rule the day at this North Dakota-based chain. Continue Reading

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Groveland Tap

1834 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, 651-699-5058

More of a neighborhood tavern than a sports bar, but with plenty of TVs nonetheless. The chicken wings are hot and crispy, the chili is sturdy, the fries are addictive, and it serves some of the best burgers in town. Continue Reading

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Lions Tap Family Restaurant

16180 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, 952-934-5299

It's a burger den, and that's it. No chicken, no pork, no tofu. Just the area's juiciest, most perfectly cooked beef patties, California or not. Get them single stack or double, if your jaw has hinges. Continue Reading

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MyBurger

3100 Excelsior Blvd., 55416, 952-500-9118

What started as a skyway lunch stop has bloomed into a mini empire. The graphics are cool and hip while the burgers are good and creative in rotation at this local independent. Continue Reading

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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

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Red Robin

1090 Gramsie Rd., Shoreview, 651-766-8417

This kid-friendly eatery serves burgers with unusual toppings and all-you-can-eat fries. Plus a large selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic juice-based drinks. Continue Reading

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Smashburger

2100 Snelling Ave. N., Ste 65A, Roseville, 651-251-0220

Colorado's favorite burger has come to town. Continue Reading

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Smashburger

Smashburger

509 Winnetka Ave., Golden Valley, 763-252-1491

Colorado's favorite burger has come to town. The burgers really are smashed on the grill, but still remain juicy. Haagen-Dazs shakes, veggie fries, and haystack onion rings also star on the menu. Continue Reading

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Smashburger

Smashburger

3900 Silver Lake Rd., St. Anthony, 612-252-0412

The burgers really are smashed on the grill, but still remain juicy at this fast food joint. Haagen-Dazs shakes, veggie fries, and haystack onion rings also star on the menu. Continue Reading

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Smashburger

1270 Promenade Place, Ste. 130, Eagan, 651-251-0037

Colorado’s favorite burger has come to town. Continue Reading

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Smashburger

2138 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul, 651-315-7959

Colorado's favorite burger has come to town. Continue Reading

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Smashburger

8045 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, 952-943-9010

Colorado’s favorite burger has come to town. Continue Reading

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Shantytown Bar and Grill

8512 Pillsbury Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-881-7223

One of those hole-in-the-wall places that you are happy to stumble upon. Some believe the burgers here are the best-kept secret in town. Continue Reading

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Red Robin

2669 Campus Dr., Plymouth, 763-559-7576

This kid-friendly eatery serves burgers with unusual toppings and all-you-can-eat fries. Plus a large selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic juice-based drinks. Continue Reading

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Smashburger

Southdale Center, Edina, 952-232-5610

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Smashburger

3225 Vicksburger Ln. N., Plymouth, 763-252-1496

Colorado's favorite burger has come to town. Continue Reading

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Smashburger

9965 Hudson Rd., Ste. 690, Woodbury, 651-256-0021

Colorado's favorite burger has come to town. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |

Five Guys

Several metro locations,

This national burger chain is well regarded out East for its flat burgers served as doubles by default. Up to 15 free toppings, dogs, and fries round out the small menu, plus free in-the-shell peanuts while you wait. Continue Reading

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Red Cow

393 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-789-0545

It's a burger-centric menu that includes a lot of snacks for tavern goers, which works out as there's a stellar list of craft beer and wines on tap. The best turkey burger in town. Continue Reading

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Buffalo Tap

4990 W. 123rd St., Savage, 952-808-7317

This little lodge-like bar and grill cooks up some mean thick-burgers, including a sizable Juicy Lucy, and buckets of wings slathered in signature sauces. Continue Reading

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Burger Jones

Burger Jones

3200 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-746-0800

As snarky and wry as you'd expect, the menu is packed with crazy, creative upscale burgers, hand-cut fries, and adult shakes. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

Burgers and Fries at Casper & Runyon's Shamrocks

Casper & Runyon's Shamrocks

995 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-228-9925

The cheeseburgers at Shamrocks have some serious St. Paul DNA, with the hallowed Nook as a sibling. But don't overlook the wings, which are some of the meatiest, zingiest, crispiest in the metro. Continue Reading

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Burger Moe's

Burger Moe's

242 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3100

For a great price Moe's delivers big, interesting burgers, Summit beer-battered onion rings, 20 kinds of shakes, and more than 40 beers on tap. The patio is one of West 7th's best summer spots. Continue Reading

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Blue Door Pub's Juicy Blucy

Blue Door Pub

1811 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-493-1865

Taking our local fascination with Juicy Lucys to heart, the menu is burger-centric with a list of Juicy Blucys that improvise on the tradition. Continue Reading

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American Burger Bar

354 N. Wabasha St., St. Paul, 651-222-2123

These downtown spots are all about burgers. Creative takes include a bison burger with horseradish and a Kobe burger with foie gras and black truffles, among others. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

Yard House

1665 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-417-0490

A massive menu of burgers, tacos, and pizzas is topped by an even bigger list of taps—some 140 drafts, including a rotating list of seasonals and local limited releases. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

American Burger Bar

825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-354-3418

These downtown spots are all about burgers. Creative takes include a bison burger with horseradish and a Kobe burger with foie gras and black truffles, among others. Continue Reading

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Blue Door Pub

3448 42nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-315-2470

Taking our local fascination with Juicy Lucys to heart, the menu is burger-centric with a list of Juicy Blucys that improvise on the tradition. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |

The Peppermint Twist

115 Babcock Blvd. W., Delano, 763-972-2572

If you can't handle a pink and green bear-themed eating area, you can sit in your car at this nationally recognized drive-in. Simply order one of the hefty double burgers and a fresh raspberry shake and you won't care that you had to drive all the way to Delano. Continue Reading

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Burger Jones

Burger Jones

1619 Co. Rd. 42 W., Burnsville, 952-885-2289

As snarky and wry as you'd expect from Parasole, the menu is packed with crazy, creative upscale burgers, hand-cut fries, and adult shakes. Continue Reading

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Convention Grill

3912 Sunnyside Rd., Edina, 952-920-6881

One of Edina's favorite family haunts. The homemade burgers, fries, and malts are often top-notch. Real diner atmosphere and the option of counter service are added bonuses. Continue Reading

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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 |

The Burger Place

220 S. 6th St., Ste. 215, Mpls., 612-338-1213

A popular skyway spot for lunch burgers. Continue Reading

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The Bulldog

1111 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-0638

The Bulldogs are cool watering holes with great beer (sometimes a Belgian emphasis) and great kicked-up bar food. Each location has a similar menu but its own vibe. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |

The Bulldog

237 E. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-221-0750

The Bulldogs are cool watering holes with great beer (sometimes a Belgian emphasis) and great kicked-up bar food. Each location has a similar menu but its own vibe. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

The Bulldog

The Bulldog Northeast

401 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-378-2855

The Bulldogs are cool watering holes with great beer (sometimes a Belgian emphasis) and great kicked-up bar food. Each location has a similar menu but its own vibe. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

The Bulldog

2549 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-872-8893

The Bulldogs are cool watering holes with great beer (sometimes a Belgian emphasis) and great kicked-up bar food. Each location has a similar menu but its own vibe. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Wagner's Drive-In

7000 Broadway Ave. W., Mpls., 763-533-8262

The last of the Wagner's chain, this one has classic burgers, malts, and fries. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Zeke's Unchained Animal

3508 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-259-8140

A couple of newbies has opened this pizza and burger joint in the Longfellow neighborhood. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers, Pizza |

The Suburban

324 3rd St., Excelsior, 952-283-1663

Fresh burgers, pizza, and locally sourced hot dogs are accompanied by plenty of beer options at this urban-edged sports bar. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers, Pizza |

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Urban Eatery

2730 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-920-5000

Calhoun Beach Club's edgy eatery. Focused on fresh & local food, the menu plays with a few foodie touches such as duck nachos, house smoked pork chop. Local farms get a nod on the menu. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |

Snuffy's Malt Shop

17519 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, 952-475-1850

Everybody's favorite old-fashioned soda fountain serves burgers, sandwiches, and soups. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

The Drive-In

572 Bench St., Taylors Falls, 651-465-7831

A summer trip to Taylors Falls isn't complete without a stop here for a sloppy wonderful Duke Western burger and a frosty root beer. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Snuffy's Malt Shop

1125 Larpentur Ave. W., Roseville, 651-488-0241

Everybody's favorite old-fashioned soda fountain serves burgers, sandwiches, and soups. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Streetz American Grill

1200 W. 98th St., Bloomington, 952-888-1411

These fast-casual spots are in the suburbs, but have an urban edge. Serving American street-food, such as burgers, gyros, and souped-up hot dogs, they do a worthy job using fresh ingredients and cooking to order. The burger is legit. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Streetz American Grill

Streetz American Grill

415 17th Ave. N., Hopkins, 952-217-4406

These fast-casual spots are in the suburbs, but have an urban edge. Serving American street-food, such as burgers, gyros, and souped-up hot dogs, they do a worthy job using fresh ingredients and cooking to order. The burger is legit. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

The Freehouse

The Freehouse

701 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-339-7011

Blue Plate's first foray into the brewing biz, this North Loop brewpub serves its own beer and an ambitious menu of drinker's eats. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Tavern on France

Tavern on France

6740 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-358-6100

Tavern on France woos the Edina set with a casual burgers-salads-and-pizzas vibe. You can build your own or choose from chef-inspired creations. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers, Pizza |

Snuffy's Malt Shop

244 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-690-1846

Everybody's favorite old-fashioned soda fountain serves burgers, sandwiches, and soups. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

The Narrows Saloon

3380 Shoreline Dr., Navarre, 952-471-3352

The best biker-and-blues bar of Lake Minnetonka has a roadhouse feel and a menu packed with big burgers, a dirty pork stew, and a zippy habanero-crusted walleye sandwich. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |

Tavern 4 & 5

16396 Wagner Way, Eden Prairie, 952-934-4545

In the old Prairie Ale House spot, this little Scott Foster-driven joint has opened with burgers, pizzas, and family-friendly bar food. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

The Lowry

The Lowry

2112 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-341-2112

The Lowry's motto is Beer, Whiskey, Oysters, and Eggs. From early morning to late-night, the fun and fresh menu aims to feed the young and hungry who crowd the neighborhood apartments. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |

Snuffy's Malt Shop

4502 Valley View Rd., Edina, 952-920-0949

Everybody's favorite old-fashioned soda fountain serves burgers, sandwiches, and soups. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Brick's American Pub

10340 NE Baltimore St., Blaine, 763-717-2235

Local foods and craft beer are the focus, with a casual menu of burgers, big salads, and brick-oven pizza in the modern pub style. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Burgers |

Burger and fries at Bread & Pickle

Bread & Pickle

4135 Lake Harriet Pkwy. W., Mpls., 612-767-9009

Kim Bartmann's seasonal spot in the Lake Harriet Bandshell serves grass-fed burgers and dogs, cheese curds, breakfast eats, and other items that change over the season to get the best from local produce. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers, Ice Cream |

Burger at Buster's on 28th

Buster's on 28th

4204 28th Ave., Mpls., 612-729-0911

A beer bar for foodies, Buster's delivers a comfortable, divey feel, a big list of refined beers, and a menu full of discerning bar food. Don't skip the onion rings. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |

Frankie's Pizza

3556 Winnetka Ave., New Hope, 763-545-7767

There are a lot of Frankie's Pizzas around town, owned by various franchises. But the one with the most Chicago feeling of all is Frankie's in New Hope. It may be just a fancy bar and a lot of tables in a strip mall, but when the room gets thrumming with customers, all eating the deep dish, it really starts to feel like there's a little bit of Illinois in New Hope. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers, Pizza |

Grilled cheese at The Depot Tavern

Depot Tavern

17 N. 7th St., Mpls., 612-338-1828

It's a hipster-minimalist vibe with great beers and bar food: the Diamond Dog comes wrapped in bacon, the cheese curds are laced with cayenne, and there's a stellar list of grilled cheese. They serve late and occasionally stream music from First Ave. next door. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Annie's Parlour

313 14th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-379-0744

A Dinkytown institution, Annie's Parlour is known for thick malts, crispy fries, and hand-formed burgers that feed professors and students alike. Although it's located above the Kitty Cat Klub, it may be one of the more laid-back restaurants in the neighborhood. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

5-8 Club

5-8 Tavern & Grill

2289 Minnehaha Ave. E., Maplewood, 651-735-5858

The 5-8 claims the original Juicy Lucy but also offers a large list of specialty burgers, including the saucier Saucy Sally, and basket dinners that are always served with friendliness and efficiency. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

5-8 Club

5-8 Club

5800 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-823-5858

The 5-8 claims the original Juicy Lucy but also offers a large list of specialty burgers, including the saucier Saucy Sally, and basket dinners that are always served with friendliness and efficiency. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

5-8 Club

5-8 Tavern & Grill

6251 Douglas Ct. N., Champlin, 763-425-5858

The 5-8 claims the original Juicy Lucy but also offers a large list of specialty burgers, including the saucier Saucy Sally, and basket dinners that are always served with friendliness and efficiency. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Adele's Frozen Custard

800 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior, 952-470-0035

Adele's is the premier frozen custard site in the western 'burbs. Every batch of creamy goodness is made daily onsite; just check the online flavor calendar to plan your visit. It also serves hot dogs and sandwiches, which can be eaten quickly. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers, Ice Cream |

7th Street Social

2176 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-330-4688

West 7th has a new hang that's cooking comfort foods and pouring big drinks in that neo-supperclub way. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

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 |

Minnesota Saloon

395 N. Robert St., St. Paul, 651-340-0583

This new sports bar in downtown St. Paul is making a big effort to use local products for inventive burgers and basic bar food. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Lone Oak Grill

3010 Eagandale Place, Eagan, 651-789-2081

"Burgers. Bourbon. Beer." is the motto of this new place in Eagan that revamped a former Joe Senser's. Continue Reading

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Republic

221 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-6146

It's your local and independently owned beer hall. The tap list is enormous and jammed with craft beer, and the menu is easy-eating pub fare with a modern eye: grass-fed beef burgers, great dry rub wings, and the like. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |

Republic

Calhoun Square, Mpls., 612-886-2309

It's your local and independently owned beer hall. The tap list is enormous and jammed with craft beer, and the menu is easy-eating pub fare with a modern eye: grass-fed beef burgers, great dry rub wings, and the like. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |

Wings from St. Paul's :DSpot

:D-Spot

705 Century Ave. N., Maplewood, 651-730-7768

It's the little wings joint that could. Chef Darin Koch has more than 85 flavors of wings on his menu, running from pesto to ginger, from curry to Fruity Pebbles. There's also a righteous burger menu. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Gordy's Hi-Hat

411 Sunnyside Dr., Cloquet, 218-879-6125

Almost to Duluth, this is a stop on any burger lover's pilgrimage. The hand-pattied burgers are never frozen and the o-rings and fries are worthy sides. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Gold Nugget Tavern & Grille

14401 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka, 952-935-3600

A full-service restaurant with large, Old World-style upscale digs and a chef-created menu of burgers, sandwiches, and tavern snacks. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |

Galaxy Drive In

Galaxy Drive In

3712 Quebec Ave. S., St. Louis Park, 952-277-7777

It's all cosmic fun with a bright, retro-modern design and outdoor fire-pits for s'mores. The menu is classic drive-in fare: burgers, dogs, broasted chicken, Philly sandwiches, pizza, and ice cream. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Ike's Food & Cocktails

17805 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka, 952-681-7099

These watering holes feel like they've been around forever. Strong drinks, a great burger, and the best blue-plate steak dinner around make Ike's good for more than a martini. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Burgers |

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Ike's Food & Cocktails

50 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-746-4537

These watering holes feels like they've been here forever. Strong drinks, a great burger, and the best blue-plate steak dinner around make Ike's good for more than a great martini. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Burgers |

Dari-ette Drive In

1440 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul, 651-776-3470

St. Paul's spring is announced by the opening of this decades-old drive in. Its old school Italian-American fare is as relevant as the ice cream. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers, Italian |

The Rabbit Hole in Midtown Global Market

The Rabbit Hole

Midtown Global Market, Mpls., 612-208-0428

The kids from Left Handed Cook have opened this Korean gastropub on the edge of the Midtown Global Market. It's full service and full bar, including a round of cocktails on tap, with edgy and playful decor. Go ahead and graffiti that booth. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Asian, Burgers, Korean |