Zagat Names Twin Cities' Top 10 Restaurants in 2014 Guide
Zagat, one of the most respected restaurant guides in the world, declared 10 Twin Cities restaurants as the area's best in its 2014 guidebook. The ratings are based on feedback from everyday diners regarding the quality of the food, decor and service, as well as price. This year's top 10 restaurants are:
1. Restaurant Alma (Minneapolis): BIlling itself as "casual fine dining," Restaurant Alma uses local and organic ingredients and regularly rotates its menu to reflect what's in season.
2. La Belle Vie (Minneapolis): This French-Mediterranean restaurant holds a James Beard Award and has been recognized by national magazines including Gourmet and Food & Wine.
3. Lake Elmo Inn (Lake Elmo): This classic spot has been a local staple for nearly 30 years, serving steaks, seafood and other upscale comfort foods.
4. Lucia's (Minneapolis): Another longtime favorite, Lucia's works closely with local farmers on its small, weekly changing menu.
5. The Capital Grille (Minneapolis): Part of a national chain, this theater district steakhouse is known for its dry-aged porterhouse, seafood dishes and extensive wine list.
6. The Craftsman (Minneapolis): Located in the Longfellow neighborhood just west of the Mississippi River, The Craftsman takes advantage of locally grown produce, meat, poultry and seafood, and does its own canning and preserving in-house.
7. Meritage (St. Paul): Downtown St. Paul's French Brasserie features an outdoor terrace and crepe stand in the summer, and an oyster bar and inviting dining room year-round.
8. Matt's Bar (Minneapolis): The most casual spot on the list, Matt's has been around since the 1950s and claims to be the original home of the "Jucy Lucy," a burger with the cheese in the middle.
9. Manny's Steakhouse (Minneapolis): Diners can select their entrees from Manny's roving meat cart, which includes a 50-ounce bone-in rib eye, a double porterhouse and a live Maine lobster.
10. Ted Cook's 19th Hole BBQ (Minneapolis): Serving high-quality barbecue since 1968, Ted Cook's is regularly voted "best ribs" in Minneapolis-St. Paul.