The 10 Most Underrated Restaurants in the Twin Cities

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Keane Amdahl
Pork belly sliders at Eli's East.

People love lauding the latest thing, but what of the tried-and-true classics that stand the test of time? 

These 10 restaurants are the old guard of the Twin Cities. They're not the trendiest or most modern places to grab a bite, but they deliver solid -- if not spectacular -- meals time and again.


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The best dining secrets around the Twin Cities


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10 best vegan/vegetarian foods at the Minnesota State Fair

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Minnesota State Fair

Let's face it: Food is the number-one reason we attend the Minnesota State Fair. Food on a stick, deep-fried bites, giant legs and chops of meat, gallons of dairy, buckets of sweet confections -- we love it all. But what about the vegetables? Where are the fruits, beans, whole grains? Isn't bountiful agricultural production what the fair is supposed to be all about? To answer that question, we posed ourselves a challenge: Could we eat vegan at the Minnesota State Fair for one day and still love it?

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The 10 new State Fair foods we can't wait to try


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Top 10 reasons your bartender hates you

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A guy walks into a bar. He snaps his fingers at the bartender to get her attention. It's futile. He waves money in her face. Desperate, he calls from across the room, "Hey, sweetheart, surprise me with something." She brings him a High Life.

"That's not what I wanted," he huffs. "How 'bout you give me this one for free and we'll call it even?"

He gets up from his bar stool after chugging his beer, leaving behind a pile of torn-up napkins, olive pits from the "snacks" he stole from the garnish tray, and a handful of pennies.

This is no joke. This, my friends, is your bartender's worst nightmare.

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Top 10 reasons why your server hates you


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9 Twin Cities restaurants doing 2014 food trends the right way

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Vincent Marcinelli
Locavore fare at Birchwood

In spite of its fly-over country locale, the Twin Cities does a great job at keeping up with top food trends around the world.

From Uptown to the suburbs, it's not hard to find a restaurant experimenting with different spices, culinary combinations, and cultural cuisines. With Forbes' list of what to look out for in 2014, we've compiled our own list of local restaurants that have nailed this whole "trends" thing.

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Chef demos, tastings, and garlic flavored ice cream at the Minnesota Garlic Festival

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10 best oddball ice cream flavors in the Twin Cities

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Emily Eveland
An elderly man is sitting with his granddaughters at Scoops Ice Cream & More in Bloomington, Minnesota.

"When I was your age, we only had two ice cream flavors -- chocolate and vanilla," he begins. His granddaughters remain focused on their complex ice cream concoctions, clearly unfazed by another of their grandfather's "back in the day" stories.

"But I always got strawberry!" he finishes, chuckling to himself as his granddaughters halfway attempt to decipher his punchline, but stay focused on their cones.

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Top 10 ice cream shops in the Twin Cities


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10 best dinner parties in the Twin Cities

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Twin Cities Pop-Up Dinners

Although it may seem as if the entire country is spending its free time making artisan jam and looking for ways to incorporate bacon into every recipe, there are still those of us who'd rather leave the cooking to someone else -- especially when it comes to a dinner party. Even if you're overcome by a feeling of dread at the thought of making skirt steak for eight, you can still be the host with the most if you get inventive with your dinner party ideas. So put down the fondue pot and explore 10 options in the Twin Cities that will have you doing what you do best: enjoying food and drink with friends (or strangers!) without all the fuss.

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Farm-to-fork Locavore Eatery coming soon to south Minneapolis

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The 10 best breakfasts in the Twin Cities suburbs

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Chicken and waffles from 3 Squares
A few weeks ago, we highlighted the hashiest hash browns and bonniest Benedicts in St. Paul. Then we explored every syrup-soaked nook and cranny of the best pancakes and waffles in Minneapolis. But all you real-life Ron Swansons and Leslie Knopes weren't satisfied. You wanted the lowdown on even more spots serving solid daily breakfast, specifically ones that required us to get on the cloverleaf highways. So for this go-around we're counting down the 10 best breakfasts in the Twin Cities suburbs.

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The 10 best breakfasts in Minneapolis

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Don't cha know: 7 foods you didn't know started in Minnesota

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Dennis Yang
The Land of 10,000 Lakes can brag about many things, including but not limited to the birth of our dear artist formally known as Prince, the stapler, and roller blades. But when was the last time you took a bite of your Pillsbury croissants or funfetti cake and thought, "BOOM, Minnesota!"? Not often enough, Hot Dishers. Well, stop being so humble. Here are seven foods you should celebrate with newfound pride.

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The 10 new State Fair foods we can't wait to try

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Late yesterday afternoon, the powers that be at the great Minnesota get-together made the pre-Fair announcement we wait for all year long. It's not about bands at the Grandstand, the new seeds that will be used in this year's batch of stunning crop art, or the likenesses you may see carved in slick, unsalted butter. No. It's about deep-fried stuff on a stick, Frankenfoods, and concession stands you've never heard of that you'll have to map out in your pre-game plan. It's the list of the 28 new items that will debut at this year's State Fair.

Here are the 10 we're most looking forward to eating, evaluating, and probably writing about again in August.

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The 10 best breakfasts in Minneapolis

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Last week we took a tour of the best breakfasts in St. Paul, and after all the comments claiming that we "missed" restaurants that are actually in Minneapolis (ahem), we decided that yes, we needed to make things right with the world. So this week we're hopping across the river to give St. Paul's sister city the same morning meal treatment. It should be noted that we only selected places that serve daily breakfast and not just weekend brunch. That's another top 10 list entirely. 

And now that we've cleared up all the details, let's get down to the nitty gritty. Here are our 10 favorite breakfast restaurants in Minneapolis. 

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