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2013 Best of the Twin Cities

2013 Best of the Twin Cities

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THE BEST 8 RESTAURANTS YOU FORGOT ABOUT

PUT THESE SMALL NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANTS BACK ON YOUR MUST-EAT LIST. WHAT THEY LACK IN PIZZAZZ, THEY MAKE UP FOR WITH CONSISTENCY.

1. Barley John’s Brewpub

With 13 years under its belt, Barley John’s Brewpub is a relative old-timer in the local craft-brewing scene, humbly perking up a nondescript intersection in New Brighton. Award-winning brews, including its staple brown ale, the Wild Brunette, are matched by its scratch-crafted bar menu, which includes everything from grilled pizzas to ambitious specials—a reflection of owner John Moore’s tenure as a corporate recipe developer before he committed to brewing. • barleyjohns.com
 

2. Golden’s Deli

Golden’s Deli began attracting attention in Lowertown with its walkup lunch window back in 1998. Over the years, its eclectic, local-art-infused dining room has become a neighborhood favorite for fresh, local deli fare (often using ingredients from the adjacent farmers’ market) listed on colorfully painted blackboards. • goldensdeli.us
 

3. Bread & Chocolate

Despite landing on every local “Best Brownie” list, Bread & Chocolate in St. Paul gets overshadowed by its flamboyant sister next door, Cafe Latté. Where cakes and tarts rule the latter’s dessert case, B&C specializes in addictive pastries, cookies, and an only-on-Sunday cardamom coffeecake. • cafelatte.com
 

4. Barbary Fig

Herb-infused, aromatic tagines and couscous were not on most Minnesota diners’ minds 25 years ago, but Brahim Hadj-Moussa wasn’t deterred. He opened the Barbary Fig in an awkward space on a then-depressed Grand Avenue and cooked what he wanted—lamb, fish, chicken, rabbit, vegetables, fruit—with great care, down to the lentil. Today, regulars love the bargain prices, sensible wine list, and excellent patio. • barbaryfigrestaurant.com
 

5. Obento-Ya

Obento-Ya offers a wide-ranging menu of authentic Japanese fare, particularly for a small, neighborhood eatery. It rules the bento box (28 options—don’t miss the compartment with the Japanese potato salad!) but also offers robata, sushi, and noodles. The modern-yet-cozy dining room and secluded patio make it Southeast Como’s classiest date spot. • obento-ya.com
 

6. Beirut Restaurant

The road to Lebanon leads to West St. Paul, where Beirut Restaurant’s cooking suggests that soul food did not originate in the southern United States, but millennia before in the Middle East. Flavors are coaxed from simple ingredients and garlic’s full potential is realized. Lamb, chicken, and beef dishes (including raw kibbeh) are highlights, but vegetarians are well cared for, too. And did we mention the belly dancing on Fridays? • beirutrestaurantanddeli.com
 

7. Barker’s Bar & Grill

Hudson, Wisconsin has become a dining destination with a range of options, including Winzer Stube, Pier 500, and Stone Tap. One place on that’s kept pace for more than 20 years without losing “local bar” cred is Pete Foster’s Barker’s Bar & Grill. The menu offers burgers with adornments worthy of any Twin Cities pub du jour—green chilies and char-grilled pineapple, for example—as well as house-cut New York strip steaks. • barkersbarandgrill.com
 

8. Pad Thai Restaurant

A bland name—Pad Thai Restaurant—doesn’t do justice to this St. Paul eatery’s flavor-packed cuisine. Fortunately, its neighbors appreciate the fresh, vibrant meals influenced by owner Pooh Phetnongphay’s native country (laab, curry dishes, and, of course, pad Thai) and those fueled by her curiosity beyond (the amazing house-made beef jerky, a.k.a. meat candy). • padthaiongrand.com
 

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