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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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Maxwell's

1201 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-7085

A favorite haunt for those heading to the Dome in any season, the kitchen turns out comfortable but above-average bar food. The slow-roasted garlic-beef sandwich is one hearty way to make it through the colder months, and the wings are some of the best in the cities. Continue Reading

$ | American |

McCormick and Schmick's

800 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-338-3300

This seafood house goes to laudable lengths to procure fish from inland lakes and waterways and has a great happy hour. Continue Reading

$$ | Seafood |

Mission American Kitchen and Bar

Mission American Kitchen and Bar

IDS Center, 77 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-339-1000

The power-lunch hub of Minneapolis offers fresh, seasonal, simple, straightforward fare, including a salty-spicy buffalo chicken salad, a daily created omelet, and a pulled pork sandwich that can be enjoyed in a suit. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

Mona

Mona

333 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-259-8636

Chef Lisa Hanson opened her restaurant in an off-the-glitzy-path part of downtown. Look for modern American small plates with a bit of wit served in a room that anchors old world vibe against a gleaming white kitchen. Free parking after 4 PM. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

219 3rd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-5900

John Rimarcik's longtime bar/grill boasts one of the Cities' most iconic bars, supper clubby atmosphere, and generous portions of American fare. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Moose & Sadie's

Moose & Sadie's

212 3rd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-371-0464

North Loop coffee fiends call Moose & Sadie's their all-day home. Smartly dressed design gurus pop in for tasty sandwiches, pizzas, pastries, and breakfast specialties such as huevos rancheros. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Murray's

Murray's

26 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-339-0909

The silver butterknife steak and the garlic toast are even more legendary in the updated, renovated digs. Minneapolis's time-honored steak house is on the upswing, drawing a new generation of happy hour goers. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

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 |

Nami

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

This spacious, neutral-toned space is a stylish Japanese eatery where happy hour loyalists find a good deal and the sushi is decent and fresh. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

Normandy Kitchen

Normandy Inn & Suites, 405 S. 8th St., Mpls., 612-455-1204

The menu offers classics such as crab cakes and cobb salad, but also plays with more modern flavors as with the cider-brined pork tenderloin. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

North 45° Restaurant and Bar

Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-6000

The restaurant in the Millennium Hotel is named after the 45th parallel of latitude running through Minneapolis and marks the half-way point from the Equator to the North Pole. Serving an all-day menu of familiar favorites, the copper-clad restaurant serves local beer along with flatbreads, sandwiches and entrees. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

O'Donovan's Irish Pub

700 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-317-8896

Pre-gamers looking for something better than a sports bar frequent this Irish pub just across from the Target Center. Built in Ireland and shipped here piece by piece, it serves corned beef, malt chips, and shepherd's pie. Continue Reading

$$ | European |

One Two Three Sushi

80 S. 8th St., skyway level, Mpls., 612-354-3040

This little skyway spot makes fresh custom sushi rolls while you watch. Plus there are some hearty rames bowls and steamed buns for the downtown lunchers. Continue Reading

$ | Japanese, Veg-Friendly |

Sushi at Origami

Origami

30 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-8430

The downtown location is small, elegant and among the most revered sushi bars in the Twin Cities. The chefs are delighted to discuss their daily specialties or create special rolls. Uptown is sleeker and more modern. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

People's Organic

80 S. 8th St., Mpls., 612-208-0021

A quick-service cafe that features a notable amount of locally sourced organic ingredients in tasty soups, sandwiches, and salads. Of note, there are three delicious non-meat burgers options. Continue Reading

$$ | Deli, Veg-Friendly |

Meatball hoagie at Pizza Lucé

Pizza Lucé

119 N. 4th St., Mpls., 612-333-7359

Hard-core and edgy, Lucé's medium-crust, inventive-ingredient approach to pizza has won many converts, even from the ranks of traditionalists. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Diners at Porter&Frye

Porter & Frye

Hotel Ivy, 1115 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-353-3500

A swank space in the Hotel Ivy, Porter & Frye serves up posh cocktails and Midwest-modern dishes that spin seasonal fare. The broad menu covers substantial entrees of local beef, pork, and chicken as well as lighter vegetarian and spa plates. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

Prairie Kitchen & Bar

1300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-596-4640

The Hyatt's Minnesota-focused restaurant and lounge in the lobby is upscale local with a huge fireplace anchoring the room. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Rare Steak & Sushi

Rare Steak & Sushi

615 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-752-9595

Located in the Grand Hotel, what was once Zahtar has become Rare. Steak and sandwiches feature heavily on the menu along with a creative assortment of sushi. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese, Steak |

Ahi tuna skewer at restaurant Max

Restaurant Max

215 S. 4th St., Mpls., 612-340-0303

This hotel restaurant offers easy American cuisine including appetizers, flatbreads, pastas, seafood, and chops. The happy hour crowds love this place. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

Rock Bottom Brewery

LaSalle Plaza, 825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-332-2739

This national brewpub chain features steak, seafood, pastas, chicken, burgers, pizzas, and Asiago cheese dip with homemade beer bread. Beers brewed on-site. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Guacamole at Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano

609 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-656-7144

Cooking upscale Mexican food in a highly designed, vibrant space, Rosa is plying the public with pomegranate margaritas and huge pork shanks. Continue Reading

$$$ | Mexican |

Ruth's Chris Steak House

International Ctr., 920 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-672-9000

Ruth's is perhaps the least flashy of the local high-ticket steak houses. Generous portions, super sides, and great service are its benchmarks. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

123 N. 3rd St., Mpls., 612-746-5533

The focus of chef Sameh Wadi's spot is Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare with contemporary twists. The menu includes a variety of interesting small plates and meze that run the gamut from earthy homemade sausage to foie gras. Continue Reading

$$$ | Middle Eastern |

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Sanctuary

903 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-5058

Sanctuary's menu spans the globe with new-age verve. Call it classic fusion—Latino and Asian flavors via French technique. Chef Patrick Atanalian's plates are surprisingly innovative and playful. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |