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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 |

508 Bar + Restaurant

508 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-339-0036

Mostly thought of as one of the popular watering holes of First Avenue, this one has a menu that tries a little harder. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

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 |

Angel Food Bakery

86 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-238-1435

Downtowners regularly jam the sedate bakery arm of Hell's Kitchen for their fix of sassy treats, from whiskey-bomb cupcakes and alphabet donuts to savory pretzels decked with garlic and cheese. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Atlas Grill and Clubroom

U.S. Bank Plaza, 200 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-332-4200

Fire-roasting is the choice method of preparation at this power lunch spot, evident in large plates meant for sharing, piled with fire-roasted meats and fish. The daily omelet is a hearty, flavorful value. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Seafood |

Band Box

729 S. 10th St., Mpls., 612-332-0850

The lone survivor of the Band Box diners (which once numbered 13) sits in Elliot Park. Expect home-cooked diner fare. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Bank

Bank

Minneapolis Westin, 88 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-656-3255

Arguably one of the most alluring dining rooms in Minnesota, this spacious, restored art deco bank lobby often outshines its modern American cuisine. A great place for an innovative cocktail and a quick bite. 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 |

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 |

Basil's Restaurant

710 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-376-7404

The iconic café that overlooks the Crystal Court, Basil's is bright and attractive, the service professional, and the kitchen keeps the crowd happy with high-end salads, creative sandwiches, and interesting entrées. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Bev's Wine Bar

250 3rd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-337-0102

The North Loop's most relaxed wine bar offers a light menu, including cheeses, salads, and pizzas. The Minneapolis skyline is your view from the patio/loading dock. Continue Reading

$ | Wine Bar |

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

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 |

Bombay Bistro

820 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-312-2800

This busy lunch spot offers lots of vegetarian options, plus curries and tandoori meats. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian |

Braised lamb ribs at Bradstreet Craftshouse

Bradstreet Craftshouse

Graves 601 Hotel, 601 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-312-1821

Bradstreet bartenders were some of the first locals to shake high-end cocktails with hand-pressed juices, vintage spirits, and housemade bitters. Snack on creative small plates and rest easy that nothing is priced over $10. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Brit's Pub

Brit's Pub

1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-3908

The Twin Cities' original English pub is a legendary scene, from its summer tables on Nicollet Mall to the lawn bowling and private green. Old-school UK fare. High tea M-F (reservations required). Continue Reading

$$ | European |

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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 |

Café Zentral

505 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls., 612-520-7686

Brasserie Zentral's skyway outpost serves coffee and pastries, plus sausages and panini for lunch. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery, Coffee House |

Cask Cookhouse

Loews Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1821

Taking the place of Bradstreet Craftshouse, Cask has also kept the menu of creative small plates and high-end cocktails of the former bar�for now. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Chambers Cafe

Le Meridien Chambers, 901 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-767-6960

This temporary cafe has popped up in the space that was D'Amico Kitchen in the Chambers. You'll find a few appetizers, pizzas, and sandwiches along side entrees such as penne al a vodka, seabass, and a few steaks. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

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Copper Pot Indian Grill

10 S. 5th St., Mpls., 612-331-5577

$ | Indian |

Sweet potato agnolotti with squash blossoms at Cosmos

Cosmos

Graves 601 Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1168

The fine dining restaurant in the Graves, Cosmos is a staggeringly beautiful room with a sophisticated vibe. The menu offers chef-driven dishes and tasting menus that are spot-on. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Crave

Crave

825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-332-1133

The stylish and well-heeled love Crave for its vibe and broad menu. It serves everything, from wood-oven pizzas to roasted meats to sushi to pastas. It's all smartly plated and served in a warm, buzzy space with lots of stone and water and fire. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

Crooked Pint Ale House

501 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-877-6900

Boasting one of the biggest screens in town and a popping live-music stage, this joint plays to sports fans, movie clubs, and groups looking for a decent burger, a nice list of beer, and a good time. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Dakota

Dakota

1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010

The Dakota is the landmark jazz club that also serves a mean meal. A power lunch spot during the music-free moments, the menu is contemporary and fun in the hands of the two chefs currently running the kitchen. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |