The 10 Best Bars with Indoor/Outdoor Fireplaces

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Matteo Paciotti

We're staring down the barrel at six more weeks of winter. Minimum. The optimists among us are chirping about how the worst is over, and mathematically speaking, they're right. But sometimes that last slog through sub-zero temps hurts the most. Our lips are chapped, our skin is pale, and our butt cheeks are in a permanent cold-induced clench. Barring a last-minute flight to Cabo, what's it gonna take to get through these last few weeks alive?

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10 Places to Take Your Side Piece for Valentine's Day

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Photo courtesy of W.A. Frost Facebook Page
The basement bar at W.A. Frost

Here at City Pages, we are not in the judgement game. You got a side squeeze? That's your business and yours alone. And if not, use this occasion to treat your one-and-only as if they were -- nobody wants to feel like a stay-at-home dad on Valentine's Day.

Here are 10 underground places for doing dark deeds (and eating and drinking) on V-Day.

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Sweet treats for Valentine's Day in the Twin Cities


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11 Essential Twin Cities Restaurants

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Emily Utne
A salad, Minnesota raised and grown by Wise Acre Eatery

Close your eyes, and Minneapolis sounds altogether different from New York. And New York sounds so very different from Cancun. And Paris sounds so different from Cancun and from Dubai. Actually, we have never been to Dubai but we just know it would sound different.

And just as all of these sounds vary, so do the flavors of all places. It's in the water, in the pizza crust, and in the foam on the beer. In the yeast. In the molecules of the soil, in the hands of the preparers, in the weather. It's obviously in the tradition.

It has been said that when you take away all other regional cuisines, Midwestern is what you have left. Maybe.

As a burgeoning major food city we can now take all those dumb assumptions about having nothing up here but lutefisk and fried walleye and deflect them with a smirk. But what if you did have to define Twin Cities dining with just 10 places?

Er, make that 11 places. Eleven places that are deeply and passionately held, to us and only us, in one way or another.

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10 Best Burgers and Beers for Brunch

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E. Katie Holm
Red Cow, dedicated to fine burgers (and beer), is a good place to start the day.

Social norms be damned. With life as short as they say it is, screw having dessert first. Have a burger and a beer, and have it for breakfast because dinner is not guaranteed.

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10 Food Trends We Hope Will Retire in 2015

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Alma Guzman
Charcuterie board, you've begun to stink like house guests who've oustayed their welcome. Move over for something meatier.

Some of these are sitting ducks and others the restaurant world will resent us for not "getting," but we're sticking to these quibbles, these thorns in our hungry guts. We're looking forward to a year when these trends go away and make room for the freshness of the new.

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10 Best Places to Take Out-of-Towners in the Winter

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Bre McGee
It's warm inside Mickey's when it's cold outside.

If you've got visitors with the stones to come to town during our infamous cold weather months, you'd best reward them properly, proving that just because we live here all year long, it don't mean we're nuts. We've got culture enough to keep us anchored, charms enough to hook those with the right constitution.

Here are 10 places to dazzle out-of-towners, even when it's cold outside.

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10 Most Entertaining Meals in the Twin Cities

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Ben Lansky
Go to Icehouse, have dinner and watch a show.

Because you've exhausted all 346 conversation topics with your spouse including the one about the kitty-cat hairballs. You can't face another drinking session with no company but your Kindle. You've been tasked to plan a night out with your mother-in-law who makes Bunny MacDougal look like a liberal and "awkward" doesn't begin to describe it.

There are plenty of reasons to take dining out of a regular old dining room and into the realm of entertainment. It doesn't really matter how big a foodie you fancy yourself, staring down into a plate of food, even with company you like, well, sometimes it's boring.

It is! Admit it. Sometimes.

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10 Restaurants That Bit the Dust in 2014

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Social House
We guess a bacon cheeseburger eggroll isn't enough to bank on.

Some we will miss and to others we flip a collective bird. But to all we say: Good on you for giving it a go. Out with the old, in with the new, and here's to an even more delicious 2015.


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Top 10: Restaurant Closings of the Decade

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The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2014

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It was a banner year for new restaurants in the Twin Cities. Kickstarters were launched (and fulfilled); food trucks ditched the wheels and put down roots; hometown-boys-made-good returned; and a local bad boy asked for a second chance.

We had several places reopen as revamped, reimagined versions of their former selves, and a few of those have made our list. But there were also totally fresh concepts, a bit of new flavor infused into our rapidly expanding dining scene here in the Twin Cities. Read on for our favorite additions to the restaurant roster and check them off your list as you sup, brunch, sip, and lunch at the best new spots of 2014.

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10 Best Places to Eat, Drink, and Escape Your Family on Christmas

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Denis Plaster
If Norman Rockwellesque your family ain't, party like a rock star with your friends instead this holiday season.

If yours is the sort of family that celebrates the holidays with your warm, fuzzy-sweatered grandma icing cookies with the children, just after they've taken a bath and been swaddled in their candy-cane onesies, then congratulations.

Others of us may wind up spending at least part of our holidays with our chosen families, our "logical" families, those people who want to be with us not in spite of, but because of our flaws, foibles, and special quirks.

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