Best of

the Twin Cities

Best New Restaurant


Tequila has a reputation for creating evenings that don't end well. (By the way, we're not discussing the assless chaps incident. Ever.) But in the hands of a couple of noted real estate developers (including Ryan Burnet, who worked on the Chambers and W hotels) and restaurateurs Tim McKee and Josh Thoma (the guys behind La Belle Vie, Solera, and Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque), the much-maligned spirit feels like a class act. Shea Design transformed a tiny Nicollet Mall coffee shop into a Latin-goth tequila bar with red-and-black walls, Che posters, and dripping candelabras; it looks like a hipster decorated the place for Día de los Muertos. While the 100-plus-bottle tequila list is as impressive as the margaritas, the real star is the menu of small plates based on Latin American street food. Downtowners can chow on a Tecate-battered fried mahi-mahi taco or a red chile enchilada with fried egg and chorizo for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or after-bar. Whether the dish is as homey as barbecue pork sopes with avocado and pickled onions, or as delicate as a citrus-dressed diver scallop ceviche, everything reflects the deft touch of a chef. We'll even drink tequila to that.

Best Margarita (2014) Barrio Tequila Bar

Best Margarita (2011) Barrio's Enter the Dragon

BEST MARGARITA (2010) The Cobra Verde at Barrio

Best Bagels Common Roots Cafe

Best Bakery Salty Tart

Best Barbecue Pastor Hamilton's Bar-B-Que

Best Barista Mariah Patzner

Best Breakfast Hell's Kitchen

Best Bubble Tea Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine

Best Bubble Tea (Alcoholic) Jasmine 26

Best Burger The Blue Door Pub

Best Burrito El Burrito Mercado

Best Candy Store Fiesta in America

Best Caramel Roll Isles Bun and Coffee Company

Best Caribbean Restaurant Marla's Caribbean Cuisine

Best Central/South American Restaurant Mañana's Restaurant

Best Cheap Eats Jasmine Deli

Best Cheese Shop France 44

Best Chef Tim McKee, La Belle Vie

Best Chinese Restaurant Little Szechuan

Best Chocolate Rogue Chocolatier

Best Coffee Shop Kopplin's Coffee

Best Cookie Rustica's Bittersweet Chocolate Cookie

Best Delicatessen Be'wiched Sandwiches & Deli

Best Desserts Forepaugh's

Best Dim Sum Jun Bo

Best Diner Town Talk Diner

Best Doughnuts Granny Donut

Best Drive-in Restaurant The Dari-ette

Best Egg Roll Taste of Thailand

Best Ethiopian Restaurant Queen of Sheba

Best Farmers' Market Mill City Farmers Market

Best Fish Market Coastal Seafoods

Best French Restaurant Meritage

Best Fries Herkimer Pub and Brewery

Best Hangover Breakfast Uptown Bar & Cafe

Best Hot Dog The Wienery

Best Hummus Falafel King

Best Ice Cream Parlor Pumphouse Creamery

Best Italian Market Morelli's Market

Best Italian Restaurant Broders' Pasta Bar

Best Japanese Restaurant Moto-i

Best Korean Restaurant King's Fine Korean

Best Late-Night Snack Sweet Martha's Cookies

Best Mexican Restaurant Taqueria Los Ocampo

Best Middle Eastern Grocery Holy Land Grocery & Deli

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant Saffron

Best Neighborhood Cafe (Minneapolis) Corner Table

Best Neighborhood Cafe (St. Paul) The Strip Club

Best Non-State Fair Cheese Curds Red Stag Supper Club

Best Pancakes Good Day Cafe

Best Patio Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

Best Pizza Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza

Best Place To Eat Out With Your Kids Quang Restaurant

Best Restaurant (Minneapolis) Heidi's

Best Restaurant (St. Paul) Heartland

Best Restaurant Bathroom Chino Latino

Best Restaurant for a First Date Lucia's

Best Restaurant for Dining Solo 112 Eatery

Best Restaurant for Late-Night Dining Chino Latino

Best Restaurant for Romance King and I Thai

Best Restaurant Trend The mocktail

Best Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying Cosmos

Best Seafood Restaurant Sea Salt Eatery

Best Service La Belle Vie

Best Skyway Lunch Zen Box

Best Soul Food West Indies Soul Food

Best Steak House Manny's

Best Street Food Chef Shack

Best Sunday Brunch Grand Cafe

Best Sushi Origami

Best Taco Shrimp taco at La Sirena Gorda

Best Takeout Brasa

Best Tapas El Meson

Best Tea Shop Northern Lights Tea Company

Best Thai Restaurant Bangkok Thai

Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant Evergreen

Best Vietnamese Restaurant Quang Restaurant

Best Wi-Fi Cafe Common Roots Cafe

Best Wine List Spasso

Best Wings Sweeney's Saloon