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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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Dancing Ganesha

Dancing Ganesha

1100 Harmon Place, Mpls., 612-338-1877

Dancing Ganesha is a contemporary Indian restaurant. The menu includes traditional favorites as well as new dishes, such as the Portuguese-inspired lobster peri-peri. L buffet during the week. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian |

Day Block Brewing in Minneapolis

Day Block Brewing

1105 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-617-7793

Specialty pizzas here feature unlikely toppings like kimchi and squash puree, or you can build your own to pair with one of the brewpub's house-made ales. Continue Reading

$$ | American, 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 |

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Devil's Advocate

89 S. 10th St., Mpls., 612-843-2260

This downtown spot is a serious beer bar with a meatball-focused menu. Look for tons of local and international beers and beef, pork, salmon, and chicken balls with your choice of sauces. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Dong Hae

251 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-1999

The former Nami space has been reborn with all-you-can-eat sushi and traditional Korean dishes from the family behind Dong Yang. Continue Reading

$$ | Japanese, Korean |

Falafel King

TCF Tower, 121 S. 8th St., Mpls., 612-339-5560

This local favorite serves falafel, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), moussaka, spinach pie, and pita sandwiches. Continue Reading

$ | Greek |

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FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

Radisson Plaza, 31 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-216-3473

Cooking with a wood-fired rotisserie and hardwood grill, it turns out tasty and accessible American fare for all three meals. The grilled North Shore whitefish and corn-crusted walleye are great. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão

645 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-338-1344

With its all-you-can-eat menu, strolling gauchos slicing more than a dozen grilled meats tableside, plus a stellar salad bar, Fogo not only represents great value, but also offers many cuts of meats and flavors not otherwise found in local eateries. Prix fixe. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Latin American, Steak |

Foreign Legion

Soo Line Building, 501 S. Marquette Ave., Mpls.,

The sister space to upscale Brasserie Zentral offers a discriminating cheese bar and wine list to match, plus sweets from pastry chef Niki Francioli. Continue Reading

$$$ | Eastern European |

Gluek's

16 N. 6th St., Mpls., 612-338-6621

One of the oldest restaurants in Minneapolis, Gluek's gives off an Old World vibe, even while packing in the karaoke singers. Before you drink a Gluek's beer, brewed in town since 1857, tuck into the Berliner: an open-faced pot roast sandwich on sourdough. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Gourmet Gallery

Art Institutes International Minnesota, 15 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-656-6881

AI's student-run kitchen allows you to sample the skills of the next generation of chefs before they start charging the big bucks. Seasonal menus change weekly. Call for hours. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Hells Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen

80 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-332-4700

In its underground space, HK has plenty of seating, dinner service, two full bars, and a stage for the legendary Salvation Sunday gospel brunch. Bonus: the lemon-ricotta cakes are as heavenly as ever. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

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Huberts Sports Bar & Grill

Target Center, Mpls., 612-767-2960

The closest you can be to local sports action without actually having tickets. Typical sports bar menu, the Target Center location is bigger and fresher than the original Dome-side bar. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

1333 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-339-0540

Hibachi meals are prepared tableside by knife-flashing chefs in a Japanese garden atmosphere. Plus sushi and tempura bar and all-you-can-eat sushi nightly. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Japanese |

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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 |

J. D. Hoyt's

301 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-1560

This North Loop tavern has been serving spicy Cajun entrées and charcoal- and hickory-smoked items for 25 years. Not to mention a giant pork chop that's a great value. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Juice So Good

Baker Center, 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-2779

It's not just freshly pressed juice at this bright skyway spot; half a dozen smoothies, breakfast options, and rotating vegetarian and gluten-free salads round out the workday menu. Continue Reading

$ | Veg-Friendly |

Kieran's Irish Pub

600 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-4499

Kieran's is primed for the next 20 years in its Warehouse District location. Specialties include wee burgers, the Guinness pot roast sandwich, fish and chips, and a boatload of Irish whiskey. Continue Reading

$ | American, European |

Kindee Thai Restaurant

719 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-465-8303

A small Thai restaurant in the Guthrie/Mill City neighborhood, Kindee is highly designed with bright modern colors. The menu features traditional Thai food. Continue Reading

$$ | Thai |

La Belle Crepe

La Belle Crepe

825 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-333-1100

The tiny slip of a creperie is purely takeout with a small standing counter and a few tables for those who can't wait. Walkers-by are seduced by the smell of fresh crepes with fillings sweet or savory. Continue Reading

$ | French |

Lyon's Pub

16 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-333-6612

This popular lunch spot offers prime rib sandwiches, burgers with a choice of 12 toppings, and fish and chips. Twins/Vikes home game brunch. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Steak at Manny's Steak House

Manny's Steakhouse at the W

W Minneapolis–The Foshay, 825 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-9900

Manny's is, for many, the quintessential local steak experience. In posh digs at the W Hotel, it seems refreshed and ready for the next 20 years. The steaks are great, the Neuske's thick-cut bacon appetizer is obnoxiously yummy, and the service is brimming with cool-kid attitude. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

Marin

901 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-252-7000

The new installation at the Chambers, Marin is sister to Mill Valley Kitchen and follows suit with healthy but sophisticated food that includes nutritional info on the menu. The space is wholly redone and warmer. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Maruso Street Food & Bar

715 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-333-0100

Next to the strip clubs on Hennepin, Maruso is offering big, strong drinks and small plates of street food from around the globe, from pierogis to banh mi. Continue Reading

$$ | Asian, European |

Pozole at Masa

Masa

1070 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6272

This stylish cantina's menu includes not only taqueria standards but also classic dishes culled from the family recipes of executive chef Saul Chavez. The authenticity level is notable, and service meets the high D'Amico standard. Continue Reading

$$$ | Mexican |