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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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Smashburger

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

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

$ | Burgers |

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

$ | 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

$$ | Burgers |

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 |

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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

$ | Burgers |

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

$ | Burgers |

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

$ | Burgers |

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 |

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 |

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Smashburger

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

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

$ | Burgers |

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

$$ | 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

$ | 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

$$ | Burgers |

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 |

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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 |

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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 |

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

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

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

$ | American, Burgers |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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

$$$ | 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 |

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 |