Drew Wood
Burch
Travail Kitchen and Amusements
Drew Wood
Heyday
Drew Wood
Drew Wood
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Marvel Bar
Coup d'Ă©tat
The Rookery
Drew Wood
Drew Wood
Drew Wood
Drew Wood
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Carl Brenden
The Nook
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The Blue Door Pub
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1. Heyday 2700 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

When it comes to affordable yet elegant cuisine, Heyday is your spot. It's easily one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities, if not the country. Head to this rustic-chic space (it sports exposed brick and a gorgeous wooden-beamed ceiling) for favorites like the chicken liver tart, chilled blue mussels, and grilled quail, which all help to create a downright exquisite menu. Be sure to leave room for at least one of the inventive desserts including pea shell sorbet, and wash it all down with a creative cocktail like the Don't Think Twice with pisco, aperol, grapefruit, and elderflower.

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2. Travail Kitchen & Amusements 4124 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422 (Near North)

The gastropub rocking a chalkboard menu oft-scrawled with duck, quail, and rabbit (all of which's perpetually served by the chefs themselves) serves up a rotating selection of adventurous eats in Robbinsdale.

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3. 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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4. 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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5. HauteDish 119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Downtown)

The revered HauteDish, between the Warehouse and Gateway districts, rocks a menu with artfully presented, reinvented takes on Midwestern classics like mac & cheese with king crab and truffle oil, blackened fish tacos, and steak & potatoes. Perfect for empty stomachs at any hour, Haute offers choices for breakfast (go for the chicken & waffles), lunch, and dinner, but if you go in later hours, you'll be able to choose from a long list of house-made cocktails and dozens of draft beers from nearby breweries, too.

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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. Coup d'Ă©tat 2923 Girard Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411 (Uptown)

Coup d’etat, a modern American eatery in the heart of Uptown serves food and cocktails with a whole lot of class.

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11. 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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12. Nye's Polonaise Bar 112 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

This dive bar has become so famous that we aren't sure it's even a dive bar anymore. It's still got teh red vinyl booths, but sadly the suds are going to run you a bit more.

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13. Rookery 4124 West Broadway, Robbinsdale, MN 55422

This Robbinsdael spot serves a great brunch that includes dishes like mussels with fennel, apple, and orange, and an egg dog -- which is ecactly what you think it is: eggs stuffed in a casing posing as sausage.

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14. The Nook 492 S Hamline Ave, St. Paul, MN (Mac Groveland)

With possibly the best Juicy Lucy in all of the Twin Cities, St. Paul's The Nook is a cozy Irish bar featuring drink specials every night of the week.

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15. Grumpy's Bar 2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (Downtown)

This classic Downtown boozer's got traditional American diner fare with outposts in Northeast and Roseville.

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16. 5-8 Club 5800 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417 (Nokomis)

Founded in 1928, the 5-8 Club was originally a speakeasy, but though their beer is now legal, their burgers are so lethally filled with cheese and bacon, they probably shouldn't be. They're one of two restaurants who claim to have invented the notorious Juicy Lucy.

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17. Matt's Bar 3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Powderhorn)

Matt's is your classic small town dive bar serving up a killer version of Minneapolis's famed Juicy Lucy. This spot actually claims to have invented the knockout burger. Take a very careful first bite and let all of the molten cheese speak for itself. After, grab a PBR or a pint of Premium to help relieve you from your imminent cheese burns.

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

The Blue Door Pub might look like your typical Midwest watering hole — wooden booths, twinkle lights, flat-screen tv — but you wouldn't gather from its looks, or lack thereof, is that this is home to the best pub grub in the Twin Cities. Specifically, we're talking about the Blucy Burger, two beef patties stuffed with whatever cheese your order requires (the classic has bleu cheese and garlic, the Cajun Redux have five-pepper, and the Picnic has colby jack).

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