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Everyone has their favorite places—for burgers, barbecue, breakfast, and beer. When we asked Minnesota Monthly readers late last year to vote for theirs, they stepped right up. Thanks to all who voted for their favorite dishes and restaurants in the Twin Cities. And congratulations to the winners of our 2010 Readers’ Choice restaurant awards.

 

➽ New Restaurant

1. Bar La Grassa
800 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-3837, barlagrassa.com

2. Sea Change Restaurant & Bar
818 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-225-6499, seachangempls.com

3. D’Amico Kitchen

901 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. 612-767-6960, damico-kitchen.com


➽ Neighborhood Spot

1. Cuzzy’s
507 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-339-6211, cuzzys.com

2. Birchwood Cafe
3311 E. 25th St., Mpls., 612-722-4474 birchwoodcafe.com

3. Applebee’s

Various metro locations, applebees.com


➽ Neighborhood Spot

1. Cuzzy’s
507 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-339-6211, cuzzys.com

2. Birchwood Cafe
3311 E. 25th St., Mpls., 612-722-4474 birchwoodcafe.com

3. Applebee’s

Various metro locations, applebees.com

➽ Place to Impress a Client

1. St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com

2. Manny’s Steakhouse

825 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-339-9900, mannyssteakhouse.com

3. The View Restaurant

2730 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-920-5000, viewcalhoun.com


➽ Place to Impress a Visitor

1. Chino Latino
2916 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-824-7878, chinolatino.com

2. St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com

3. La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440, labellevie.us


➽ Bakery

1. Sweets Bakeshop
2042 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-340-7138, sweetsbakeshop.com

2. Rustica
3220 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-822-1119, rusticabakery.com

3. Wuollet
Various metro locations: wuollet.com


➽ Pizza

1. Punch Neapolitan Pizza
Various metro locations: punchpizza.com

2. Mesa Pizza by the Slice
1323 Fourth St. SE, Mpls., 612-436-3006, mesapizzamn.com

3. Pizza Lucé

Various metro locations: pizzaluce.com


➽ Bread

1. French Meadow Bakery & Café
2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-7855, frenchmeadow.com

2. Rustica
3220 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-822-1119, rusticabakery.com

3. Panera Bread
Various metro locations: panerabread.com


➽ Burger

1. Smashburger
Various metro locations: smashburger.com

2. Matt’s Bar

3500 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-722-7072, mattsbar.com

3. The Nook
492 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-698-4347, crnook.com
 


➽ Place to Watch a Game

1. Champps
Various metro locations: champps.com

2. Grumpy’s
Various metro locations: grumpys-bar.com

3. Buffalo Wild Wings
Various metro locations: buffalowildwings.com


➽ Bar Menu

1. Sneaky Pete’s
14 N. Fifth St., Mpls., 612-333-8820, ultimatefunbar.com

2. The Bulldog
Various metro locations: thebulldogmpls.com

3. La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440, labellevie.us


➽ Ice Cream

1. Sebastian Joe’s
1007 Franklin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-820-0065; 4321 Upton Ave. S., Mpls., 612-926-7916
sebastianjoesicecream.com

2. Izzy’s
2034 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-603-1458, izzysicecream.com

3. Grand Ole Creamery
Various metro locations: grandolecreamery.com


➽ Italian

1. Pazzaluna
360 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-223-7000, pazzaluna.com

2. Il Gatto
3000 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-1688, ilgattominneapolis.com

3. Broders’ Cucina Italiana
2308 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-925-3113, broders.com


➽ Vegetarian

1. Good Earth
460 Galleria, Edina, 952-925-1001; 1901 W. Hwy. 36, Roseville, 651-636-0956
goodearthmn.com

2. Spoonriver
750 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-436-2236, spoonriverrestaurant.com

3. French Meadow Bakery & Café
2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-7855, frenchmeadow.com
 


➽ Middle Eastern

1. Holy Land
2513 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-870-6104, holylandbrand.com

2. Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
123 N. Third St., Mpls., 612-746-5533, saffronmpls.com

3. (tie) Emily’s Lebanese Deli
641 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-379-4069, emilyslebanesedeli.com

3. (tie) Mediterranean Cruise Cafe

12500 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, 952-641-6222, medcruisecafe.com


➽ Healthy Dining

1. Good Earth
3460 Galleria, Edina, 952-925-1001; 1901 W. Hwy. 36, Roseville, 651-636-0956
goodearthmn.com

2. French Meadow Bakery & Café
2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-7855, frenchmeadow.com

3. Birchwood Cafe
3311 E. 25th St., Mpls., 612-722-4474, birchwoodcafe.com


➽ Ambiance

1. St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com

2. Om
401 First Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-1510, omminneapolis.com

3. W.A. Frost
374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5715, wafrost.com


➽ Special Occasion

1. Manny’s Steakhouse
825 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-339-9900, mannyssteakhouse.com

2. La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440, labellevie.us

3. St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com


➽ Place to See and Be Seen

1. Prohibition
821 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-215-3700

2. St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com

3. Manny’s Steakhouse
825 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-339-9900, mannyssteakhouse.com


➽ Coffee

1. Caribou Coffee
Various metro locations: cariboucoffee.com

2. Dunn Bros

Various metro locations: dunnbros.com

3. Starbucks
Various metro locations: starbucks.com


➽ Barbecue

1. Famous Dave’s
Various metro locations, famousdaves.com

2. Market BBQ
Various metro locations, marketbbq.com

3. Rudolphs
1933 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-8969, rudolphsribs.com


➽ Seafood

1. Sea Change Restaurant & Bar
818 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-225-6499, seachangempls.com

2. The Oceanaire Seafood Room
1300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-333-2277, theoceanaire.com

3. Red Lobster
Various metro locations, redlobster.com


➽ View

1. The View Restaurant and Bar
2730 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-920-5000, viewcalhoun.com

2. St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com

3. Stella’s Fish Cafe
1400 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-824-8862, stellasfishcafe.com


➽ Wine List

1. Spill the Wine
1101 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-3388, spillthewinerestaurant.com

2. La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440, labellevie.us

3. (tie) Manny’s Steakhouse
825 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-339-9900, mannyssteakhouse.com

3. (tie) Pazzaluna
360 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-223-7000, pazzaluna.com


➽ Outdoor Dining

1. W.A. Frost
374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5715, wafrost.com

2. Stella’s Fish Cafe
1400 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-824-8862, stellasfishcafe.com

3. (tie) Brit’s Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612 332-3908, britspub.com

3. (tie) Black Forest Inn
1 E. 26th St., Mpls., 612-872-0812, blackforestinnmpls.com


➽ Bloody Mary

1. J.D. Hoyt’s
301 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-1560, jdhoyts.com

2. Ike’s Food & Cocktails
50 S. Sixth St., Mpls., 612-746-4537

3. Hell’s Kitchen
80 S. Ninth St., Mpls., 612-332-4700, hellskitcheninc.com


➽ Pre-Theater Spot

1. Solera
900 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-338-0062, solera-restaurant.com

2. Sea Change Restaurant & Bar
818 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-225-6499, seachangempls.com

3. Pazzaluna

360 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-223-7000, pazzaluna.com


➽ Breakfast

1. Key’s Cafe
Various metro locations, keyscafe.com

2. Perkins
Various metro locations, perkinsrestaurants.com

3. Hell’s Kitchen
80 S. Ninth St., Mpls., 612-332-4700, hellskitcheninc.com


➽ Brunch

1. Key’s Cafe
Various metro locations, keyscafe.com

2. Hell’s Kitchen
80 S. Ninth St., Mpls., 612-332-4700, hellskitcheninc.com

3. St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com


➽ Business Lunch

1. St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com

2. Mission American Kitchen & Bar
77 S. Seventh St., Mpls., 612-339-1000, missionamerican.com

3. (tie) Palomino Restaurant Rotisseria Bar
825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-3800, palomino.com

3. (tie) Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steak House
8400 Normandale Lake Blvd., Bloomington, 952-921-2255, kincaids.com


➽ Place to Eat with Kids

1. Davanni’s
Various metro locations, davannis.com

2. Smashburger
Various metro locations, smashburger.com

3. Perkins
Various metro locations, perkinsrestaurants.com


➽ Cheap Eats

1. Mesa Pizza by the Slice
1323 Fourth St. SE, Mpls., 612-436-3006, mesapizzamn.com

2. Davanni’s
Various metro locations, davannis.com

3. Chipotle
Various metro locations, chipotle.com


➽ Deli

1. Kramarczuk’s
215 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-379-3018, kramarczuk.com

2. Cecil’s
651 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-698-0334, cecilsdeli.com

3. Mort’s
525 Winnetka Ave. N., Golden Valley, 763-544-2900, morts-deli.com


➽ Soup

1. Eddington’s
Various metro locations, eddingtons.com

2. Panera Bread
Various metro locations, panerabread.com

3. Corner Coffee
514 N. Third St., Mpls., 612-801-9233, yourcornercoffee.com


➽ French Fries

1. Smashburger
Various metro locations, smashburger.com

2. McDonald’s
Various metro locations, mcdonalds.com

3. Salut Bar Américain
5032 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-929-3764; 917 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-917-2345
salutbaramericain.com


➽ Steak

1. Manny’s Steakhouse
825 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-339-9900, mannyssteakhouse.com

2. (tie) Murray’s

26 S. Sixth St., Mpls., 612-339-0909, murraysrestaurant.com

2. (tie) Mancini’s Char House & Lounge
531 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-224-7345, mancinis.com

3. (tie) Ruth’s Chris Steak House
920 Second Ave. S., Mpls., 612-672-9000, ruthschris.com

3. (tie) St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com


➽ Happy Hour

1. Lyle’s Bar & Restaurant
2021 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-870-8183, lylesliquor.com

2. Pazzaluna
360 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-223-7000, pazzaluna.com

3. McCormick & Schmick’s
Various metro locations, mccormickandschmicks.com

 

 

 

 


➽ Sushi

1. Seven
700 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-238-7777, 7mpls.com

2. Fuji-Ya
600 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-871-4055; 465 Wabasha St., St. Paul, 651-310-0111
fujiyasushi.com

3. Origami
30 N. First St., Mpls., 612-333-8430; 12305 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, 952-746-3398
origamirestaurant.com


➽ Vietnamese

1. Kinh Do
2755 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-870-1295

2. Quang
2719 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-4739, quangrestaurant.com

3. Jasmine 26
8 E. 26th St., Mpls., 612-870-3800, jasmine26.net


➽ Mexican

1. La Casita
Various metro locations, lacasita.biz

2. Boca Chica
11 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul, 651-222-8499, bocachicarestaurant.com

3. Barrio Tequila Bar
925 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-333-9953; 235 E. Sixth St., St. Paul, 651-222-3250
barriotequila.com


➽ Take-Out

1. Davanni’s
Various metro locations, davannis.com

2. Green Mill
Various metro locations, greenmill.com

3. (tie) Brasa
600 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-379-3030; 777 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-1628
brasa.us

3. (tie) Leeann Chin
Various metro locations, leeannchin.com


➽ Late-Night Dining

1. 112 Eatery
112 N. Third St., Mpls., 612-343-7696, 112eatery.com

2. Pizza Lucé
Various metro locations, pizzaluce.com

3. Mickey’s Diner
36 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-698-0259, mickeysdiningcar.com


➽ Service

1. La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440, labellevie.us

2. Manny’s Steakhouse
825 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-339-9900, mannyssteakhouse.com

3. St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com


➽ Desserts

1. Cafe Latté
850 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5687, cafelatte.com

2. Sweets Bakeshop
2042 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-340-7138, sweetsbakeshop.com

3. La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440, labellevie.us


➽ Restaurant Worth a Drive

1. Axel’s Bonfire
Various metro locations, axelsrestaurants.com

2. Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque
423 Main St., Stillwater, 651-439-5375, smalleysbbq.com

3. Triä Restaurant, Bar & Market
5959 Centerville Rd., North Oaks, 651-426-9222, triarestaurant.com
 


➽ Romantic

1. 112 Eatery
112 N. Third St., Mpls., 612-343-7696 , 112eatery.com

2. La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440, labellevie.us

3. W.A. Frost
374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5715, wafrost.com


➽ Chinese

1. Rainbow Chinese Restaurant & Bar
2739 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-7084, rainbowrestaurant.com

2. P.F. Chang’s
Various metro locations, pfchangs.com

3. Tea House
Various metro locations, ourteahouse.com


➽ Thai

1. Tum Rup Thai
1221 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-824-1378, tumrupthai.com

2. Sawatdee
Various metro locations, sawatdee.com

3. True Thai
2627 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-9942, truethairestaurant.com


➽ Latin American

1. Chino Latino
2916 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-824-7878, chinolatino.com

2. Barrio Tequila Bar
925 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-333-9953; 235 E. Sixth St., St. Paul, 651-222-3250
barriotequila.com

3. El Meson
3450 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-8062, elmesonbistro.net


➽ Dating Spot

1. (tie) 112 Eatery
112 N. Third St., Mpls., 612-343-7696, 112eatery.com

1. (tie) Barrio Tequila Bar
925 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-333-9953; 235 E. Sixth St., St. Paul, 651-222-3250
barriotequila.com

2. Pazzaluna
360 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-223-7000, pazzaluna.com

3. (tie) La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440, labellevie.us

3. (tie) St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com


➽ Wine Bar

1. Spill the Wine
1101 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-3388, spillthewinerestaurant.com

2. Lucia’s Restaurant
1432 W. 31st St., Mpls., 612-825-1572, lucias.com

3. Riverview Wine Bar
3745 42nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-729-4200, theriverview.net


➽ Beer Selection

1. Old Chicago
Various metro locations, oldchicago.com

2. The Herkimer Pub & Brewery
2922 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-821-0101, theherkimer.com

3. The Happy Gnome
498 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-287-2018, thehappygnome.com


➽ Caterer

1. D’Amico
Various metro locations, damicoandsons.com

2. Chow Girls
1222 Second St. NE, Mpls., 612-203-0786, chowgirls.net

3. Wildside Caterers
175 W. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 503, St. Paul, 651-726-8800, wildsidecaterers.com


➽ Martini

1. Prohibition
821 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-215-3700

2. St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com

3. La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440, labellevie.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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