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1. Lynden's Soda Fountain 490 Hamline Ave S, St. Paul, MN 55116 (Summit Hill Crocus Hill)

This vintage soda/malt joint is a modern-day time machine, with marble counters, a 1950s soda fountain and a wall of candy jars. A trip here will make you wish you could re-elect Eisenhower to a third term.

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2. Amsterdam Bar & Hall 6 6th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

This rock music venue features a pair of bars and stages in a large warehouse space, and although you can't do most things here that you'd find in the Red Light District, it still has a distinct Dutch theme (minus thousands of people on bicycles).

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3. Burch 1933 Colfax Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Lowry Park)

James Beard-nominated chef Isaac Becker is behind this steakhouse-slash-pizzeria in Minneapolis. On the first floor, Burch Steakhouse serves an eclectic menu filled with raw bar options, prime beef and domestic Wagyu, and a variety of European-style dumplings. In the basement, the Pizza Bar bangs out Neapolitan-style pies from a white oak-fueled pizza oven. Every pizza comes with an exciting combination of toppings -- hey, there aren't many places you can get pizza topped with a lobster claw.

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4. World Street Kitchen 2743 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

WSK offers a beautiful amalgam of global flavors that introduces Uptown diners to tastes of the Middle East, Asia, and the Mediterranean with additional American and Mexican influences, all in a fast-casual brick and mortar version of their food truck that started it all. “Fusion” menu items include Bangkok burritos, yum yum rice bowls, and the sweet onion stuffed falafel burger. It’s a family-run joint, and the Wadi family certainly has done an awful lot to progress food culture in the Twin Cities via its restaurants, food truck and cookbook.

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5. Nightingale 2551 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Whittier)

This tapas-style restaurant in Whittier seats 75 in its homey, reclaimed space, complete with open brick walls and comfy blue leather booths. It serves up a variety of small and large sharable plates with American and European fare like lamb meatballs, chicken wings, halibut and burgers. What you don't want to share is the drink you order from the massive selection of sparkling wines and house cocktails or the handful of local draft beers.

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6. The Gray House 610 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

You'll be pleased to know that the Gray House is named after its chef, Ian Gray, and not after the color of the food, its taste or the ambiance. Apt descriptions for those would be vibrant, fresh and comfortable, respectively.

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7. The Kenwood Restaurant 2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Calhoun Isles)

Not to be confused with Kennywood, this resto has decidedly fewer roller coasters (pretty much none), isn't in Pennsylvania, and features way better meal options for brunch and dinner, served every day except for Monday, which they say is for "bacon prepping", i.e. the only acceptable excuse for being closed.

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8. Smack Shack 603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

Previously, the seafood-centric fare from Smack Shack was only available out of a food truck, but now it's served up in a spacious warehouse setting with plenty of seats available that aren't a curb or roadside bench.

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9. Borough and Parlour 730 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

This dual-level North Loop establishment offers fine dining upstairs and a warm and comfortable lounge downstairs, providing you with a meal and a hangout all at one locale.

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10. Butcher & The Boar 1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

A deceptively large neighborhood noshery with wood stoves and penny-tiled floors dominated, Butcher puts equal emphasis on bourbon, beer, and shareable plates.

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11. Devil's Advocate 89 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

40 expertly curated taps, root beer-glazed pork belly, and hands down the best cheesesteak in the Twin Cities? Cha-ching.

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12. The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar 50 2nd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

Upstairs, at the Bachelor Farmer, you'll find a friendly brick-and-wood restaurant offering a variety of organic dishes made with ingredients from its rooftop garden and other local growers, while downstairs is a dimly lit speakeasy with expertly crafted cocktails. There, at Marvel Bar, you'll want to order the signature cocktail, Oliveto, which features olive oil, egg white, lemon, Licor 43, and Gordon’s gin.

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13. Cafe Maude At Loring 1612 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

Cafe Maude honors the spirit of "civilized leisure and civic responsibility" in the spot previously occupied by Nick & Eddie, serving up coal-fire staples and craft cocktails in an ambience flush with live music and chic decor.

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14. Ward 6 858 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130 (Payne Phalen)

This beer bar and eatery boasts a menu specifically with "food for drinking", as well as a load of other entree options for three squares a day, as well as a a drink menu with plenty-o-beers, adult milkshakes(!), and cocktails, which begs the question why Wards 1-5 even bother to compete.

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15. The French Hen Cafe 518 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Summit University)

The French Hen is an upscale breakfast-and-lunch spot in Cathedral Hill that serves French-inflected comfort food to the denizens of Selby Ave. Expect American favorites with a touch of European flavor like praline pancakes, grilled cheese with gruyere and cheddar, and scrambled eggs with salmon and creme fraiche. The interior is bright and colorful with huge windows that encourage you to relax with a cup of coffee -- or a mimosa.

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16. Louis Ristorante & Bar 211 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (West Seventh)

This resto and bar sits on the third floor of Cossetta Alimentari and serves authentic Italian fare that will transport your tastebuds to the Boot, leaving the rest of you firmly planted two blocks away from the Xcel Center.

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17. Malabari 414 1/2 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (West Bank)

This unique West Bank resto prepares a variety of Malabarian dishes that walk the line between traditional Indian and Thai food, proving that a fusion can be its own region, and not just a trendy menu style in the US.

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18. Rye Delicatessen 1930 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Uptown)

They say "this isn't your grandma's delicatessen" (which hopefully is true considering she claims to be at Bingo most nights), presumably because it's one part restaurant that dishes out quality sammies, one part grocery store, and one part bar that pours craft beers and wine, which grandma probably wouldn't approve of.

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19. The Blue Door Longfellow 3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

The Blue Door is home of the Blucy, a legendary St. Paul burger that combines a pair of patties with a cornucopia of other ingredients, which depend on what style Blucy you order, and upon completion, will prompt you to light up a cigarette in satisfaction.

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20. Glam Doll Donuts 2605 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Whittier)

The first time you walk through the door of Glam Doll Donuts may be the last time in awhile you do so, considering you'll have to try more than one (7-8?) of their delicious confections, available in a number of sizes, shapes and flavors.

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21. Icehouse 2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

This laid-back Whittier spot hosts live indie and jazz music acts daily in a two-story, polished industrial bar and restaurant (complete with plenty of large, comfy leather booths for the whole party). Head upstairs and watch the show, or stay downstairs for gourmet European and American fare like lobster gnocchi or a lamb platter. And it wouldn't be a real night at the Icehouse without going for one of their specialty cocktails or something from its massive top-shelf whiskey collection.

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22. Eat Street Social 18 West 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (Whittier)

Although they have quite a menu for brunch, lunch and dinner, Eat Street's real claim to fame are their drinkables, like their original soda fountain creations and their expertly concocted brunch booze and seasonal cocktails. For a more kitschy experience, hit up the Tiki Bar in the back for fruity, garnished drinks. Every day, Eat Street Social features different drink specials, so make frequent trips to this casual but elegant place to experience it all.

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23. Parka 4023 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

Featuring locally-made decor and Midwestern comfort food, Parka is a modern take on a bakery/coffee shop/restaurant/drinkery.

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24. The Left-Handed Cook 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Powderhorn)

The Left-Handed Cook boasts a blend of comfort food, Asian flavors, and a dash of rock and roll that they're calling "new American country cooking".

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25. Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub 2716 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Powderhorn)

Regardless what direction you're heading, you need to go Northbound. This resto/on-site craft brewery churns out house-smoked meats for fresh sammies and offers a vast selection of brews to wash em' down, in a large and friendly environment complete with bar seating, tables and an outdoor patio for the warmer months.

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26. FIKA 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Phillips)

Since fika means "daily break", why not take the opportunity to do so in a place actually called FIKA! Located in the Nelson Cultural Center, this Nordic-inspired museum cafe is an award-winning lunch spot that serves up authentic Swedish fare, as well as an assortment of coffee, beer and wine.

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27. Pig & Fiddle 3808 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (Southwest)

After helping St. Paul see double for years, the man behind beeropolis Muddy Pig is now seeing twos himself with the opening of his first westside jam: Pig & Fiddle, which's stocking a mega-impressive suds stable in the former Pearson's 50th/France digs, and plating "rustic" eats amongst dark wood trimmings and a massive fireplace -- so yeah, get stoked.

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28. Red Cow 3624 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (Southwest)

The Red Cow on 50th Street specializes in fine burgers and specialty sandwiches, made with fresh ingredients and an inventive eye. The burger menu covers a wide range of proteins, always including grass-fed beef, but also including bison, turkey, lamb, and duck depending on availability. Toppings range from the expected (lettuce, cheese, etc) to the extreme (bone marrow, piquillo peppers), but the resulting concoctions are always juicy and delicious. Local Minneapolis beers (plus microbrews from around the country) are in heavy rotation at the bar, but you can also order from a selection of red and white wines, curated specially by the owner.

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29. The Lynn On Bryant 5003 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (Southwest)

The L on B offers a 28-seat dining room and a 30-seat cafe, and serves up American-style grub in a rustic, yet modern setting in Southwest Minny.

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30. The Harriet Brasserie 2724 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (Southwest)

If you've ever wanted to dine on American cuisine with Brazilian and French influences, made by a chef who grows all of his own produce, while you're in in a historic firehouse in the heart of Linden Hills, it's a good bet the Harriet Brasserie is your only option.

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31. Northeast Palace 2500 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (Northeast)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and apparently, so are palaces. But what this dive bar lacks in actual palace-ness, it makes up for in delicious deep-fried awesomeness. And to be fair, no one can disagree it's in Northeast Minneapolis.

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32. New Bohemia Wurst + BierHaus 233 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

It doesn't get any better for beer (bier?) and sausage (wurst?) lovers than New Bohemia, except for, you know, Germany. This place pours more than 60 brews and is always cooking up a variety of sausages and other beer hall-esque grub.

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33. Indeed Brewing Company 711 15th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Northeast)

Indeed is all about community from the fun-loving feel of its warehouse taproom and charming patio to its dedication to community outreach. There are frequently events going on like festivals with food and music to simple flight nights where you can sample some of the beers ranging from the hoppy flagship Midnight Ryder black IPA, to the highly drinkable Session Sour #3, to the formidable specialty Rum King imperial stout. Indeed hosts a rotating list of food trucks so that you can soak up those higher ABV beers with the likes of O’Cheeze’s gourmet grilled cheeses. Pro tip: it has a handy beer calendar on its website so you can easily tell when seasonal beers will be on tap.

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34. Republic 221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Downtown)

With more than 30 reasonably priced brews on draught, 30-foot oak bar, and gastropub-quality food, Republic will find its way into your heart quicker than its gastropub-quality food.

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35. Marin Restaurant & Bar 901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

With a luxurious interior, an extensive cocktail menu and a brunch menu specifically for cheat days, this central-city pick inside The Chambers Hotel, is a surefire way to treat yourself. Brunch is packed with classic like breakfast tacos and biscuits and gravy, and lunch and dinner features inventive gourmet dishes like BBQ salmon and duck breast with sweet potato gnocchi. The real star of this show, however, is the bar, which serves specialty gin and tonic (the tonic of which is made in-house).

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36. Mason's Restaurant & Barre 528 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

What once was a Masonic temple is now an American resto with affordable eats and a slew of beer-tails that will almost definitely have you lounging in your very-non-secret-society robe tomorrow to recover.

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37. The Buttered Tin 237 7th St E, St. Paul, MN 55101 (Downtown St Paul)

A buzzy corner cafe in St. Paul, the Buttered Tin is as warm as its name evokes, serving up popular brunch plates like huevos rancheros Benedict and biscuits & gravy, plus savory sandwiches like a beef short rib Reuben. The true stars at this sunny spot are the desserts though, which are available to-go at the bakery counter. We're talking cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, and the Buttered Tin's take on a classic Twinkie.

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38. Morrissey's Irish Pub 913 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Morrissey's Irish pub is a great place to go if you are looking for some authentic Irish whiskey. Here you can also enjoy great live music, Irish-inspired snacks, and a friendly and knowledgeable bar staff. We highly recommend stopping by Morrissey's for a pint when you are in uptown Minneapolis.

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39. Bluestem Bar & Table 2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

The table-service sister shop that's nested within French Meadow Bakery.

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40. Spill The Wine 901 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Spill The Wine's Uptown location is totally different from its former Washington Ave digs: it's bigger and more open, the menu is almost entirely retooled, and it's just a generally cooler wine bar (which is totally better than a generally wine-cooler bar, by the way).

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41. Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge 2550 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (Whittier)

Housed in Thom Pham's former Eat St joint Azia, Buddha's a late-night delicious Asian fusion spot pouring awesome 'tails.

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42. Town Hall Lanes 5019 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (Nokomis)

A craft beer and food resto with a bowling alley from the dudes behind Town Hall Brewery.

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43. Terzo 2221 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (Southwest)

Terzo Vino Bar is not only one of the best Italian restaurants in Minneapolis, but it’s also one of the best spots for a glass of wine in all of Minnesota. With a cellar holding over 1,000 bottles of 300 different selections, the wine list updates often, allowing you to become well-versed in the Italian way of wine. Plus, it’s reasonably priced (by-the-glass options for just $10-$15), which is perfect because Terzo’s also has some great food that screams to be paired with a decent glass of vino. Expertly prepared dishes include duck egg with sautéed king trumpet and beech mushrooms and a prosciutto-wrapped pork loin with fingerling potatoes and dandelion greens.

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44. Rincon 38 3801 Grand Ave, Minneapolis, MN (Southwest)

You know how completely unremarkable Rincon #39 -- the former Twins middle reliever -- was? Well, Rincon 38 is the exact opposite: an explosive Kingfield tapas joint from the fella who brought you Cafe Ena and El Meson.

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45. Hello Pizza 3904 Sunnyside Rd, Edina, MN 55424 (Southwest)

Hello Pizza is the NY slice-style sister concept to local fave Pizzeria Lola. Successfully combining possibly America's most popular greeting with possibly America's most popular eating, this counter service spot is the place if you're looking for that New York-style crust and some quality sauce and cheese.

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46. Pig Ate My Pizza 4154 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422

This pizzeria started by the gang at molecular gastronomy hotspot Travail is known for its gourmet, porchetta filled pies. The namesake Piggy Pie is a must-try for local foodies: the gloriously doughy pizza contains an incredible amount of pork on a thick, buttery brioche crust. It’s as delicious as it sounds. Run, don't walk to this one.

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47. Kings Wine Bar 4555 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (Southwest)

A wine and craft food bar in Minneapolis's Kingfield neighborhood.

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