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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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Sapor Café and Bar

428 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-375-1971

One of the first in the neighborhood, and ahead of the curve, this North Loop world-food restaurant excels at everything from steak to miso salmon to paella. The coconut-cream tart with caramelized bananas is addictive. Continue Reading

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Sea Change

806 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-225-6499

The lure is sustainably sourced seafood prepared and served with visual, textural, and flavor-packed flair. Whether it's raw bar treats bursting with freshness, small plates boasting unorthodox combinations, or a full complement of non-fish entrees, the menu covers the waterfront. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood |

Rooftop dining at Seven

Seven

700 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-238-7770

Packed into this Hennepin Avenue building is both a steak house offering traditional cuts and a sushi lounge with more than 30 raw choices. It's all topped off with one of the city's best rooftop bars. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Japanese, Steak |

Skyroom

Macy's, 700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-375-6936

Downtown Minneapolis's signature cafeteria/food court is as bright and white as heaven, and the fare is fresh, diverse, and a veritable bargain. Continue Reading

$ | American |

SkyWater Cuisine & Cocktails

Hilton, 1001 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-397-4927

Hilton's renovated lobby restaurant has local art and offers a spin on Midwestern cuisine, utilizing regional ingredients in some dishes. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Diners at Solera

Solera

900 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-338-0062

This Minneapolis hot spot features more than 40 kinds of tapas and a stupendous selection of Spanish wines. Don't miss the paella or the rooftop deck. Continue Reading

$$$ | Spanish |

Outdoor dining at Spoonriver

Spoonriver

750 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-436-2236

Brenda Langton's modern eatery is a chic place to sip exotic cocktails and dine on creative, seasonal, locally raised, chef-driven fare within a stone's throw of the Guthrie Theater. Innovative flavors and a focus on nonmeat offerings are hallmarks here. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Veg-Friendly |

Sticks

Itasca Bldg., 708 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-338-6393

Menu includes steak, salads, ribs, chicken, pastas, and seafood. Offers dinner-and-show packages with the Acme Comedy Co. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Taste of Thailand

11 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-332-0082

Mountainous portions at reasonable prices. Specialties include spring rolls, pad Thai, and pra ram long song (spinach, red curry-coconut sauce, and peanuts with meat or seafood). Continue Reading

$$ | Thai |

Juicy buns at Tea House

Tea House Chinese Restaurant

330 S. 2nd Ave., skyway, Mpls., 612-343-2133

Ask for the special Sichuan menu—that's where all the good stuff is. Superb fish soup, cold Sichuan noodles, chung king spicy chicken, cucumbers in spicy sauce, and shredded pork in garlic sauce are all outstanding. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese |

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 Burger Place

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

A popular skyway spot for lunch burgers. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |

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The Capital Grille

LaSalle Plaza, 801 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-692-9000

The one chain steak house that can compete with food-focused restaurants for quality and creativity. Go for the Delmonico rib eye and wonderful creamed spinach. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

The Imperial Room

417 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-376-7676

Featuring a retro rat-pack martini bar and supper-club ambience in the bar glut of First Avenue, this club offers small plates, sandwiches, pastas, and flatbread pizza. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

The Living Room

821 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-597-2413

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The Local

The Local

931 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-904-1000

The downtown crowd's authentic Irish pub offers a great array of ales and a menu of well-prepared American fare with an Irish twist. This hot after-work spot is worthy of all the buzz. Continue Reading

$$ | American, European |

The Loon Café

500 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-332-8342

This Warehouse District sports bar institution features six kinds of chili, as well as burgers, salads, sandwiches, barbecue, and Mexican items. Continue Reading

$ | American |

The Loop

606 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-340-0010

Hungry drinkers at The Loop dine on brick-oven pizzas, grilled tofu in green curry sauce, Parmesan-crusted walleye, and the fat Loop burger with pesto and aioli. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

The Melting Pot

80 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-338-9900

There's an all-fondue menu of four-course feasts, as well as other items, including filet mignon, shrimp, sirloin, lobster tails and a vegetarian option. Also cheese and chocolate fondues. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

The News Room

The News Room

990 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-343-0073

This newspaper-themed restaurant offers creative American fare: salads, sandwiches, pastas, and entrées. An upstairs wine bar offers small bites and wine flights Th-Su. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Wine Bar |

The Oak Grill

Macy's, 700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-375-2938

The Minneapolis flagship's signature dining room is known for its kindly service, paneling, wonderful popovers, and decades of great memories. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

50 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-333-2277

Though the space isn't as cool or swank as it used to be, the fish is still flown-in fresh, the portions generous, and the crab cake the best in town. Happy hour has become a popular pastime. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Seafood |

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The Old Spaghetti Factory

233 Park Ave., Mpls., 612-341-0949

An old-time pasta house menu offering spaghetti eight ways, plus complete meal options (includes entrée, salad, bread, beverage, and spumoni) at low prices. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

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The Pourhouse

10 S. 5th St., Mpls., 612-843-2555

The Lumber Exchange Building has this speakeasy-themed bar with multiple levels, a live music stage, secret rooms, and an American menu of typical bar fare. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Toast Wine Bar & Café

Toast Wine Bar & Café

415 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-4305

High design and a cool vibe are the hallmarks of this neighborhood wine bar. The seasonal menu is limited, but features thin-crust pizza, sandwiches, soups, and desserts. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza, Wine Bar |