Top 10 Restaurants of 2009: Twin Cities

From pitch-perfect mainstays to buzzed-about news kids on the block, these 10 Twin Cities Restaurants ruled the dining world in 2009. Click through and see if you agree, but note that our Top 10 is randomly listed and not necessarily in our order of preference. (Photo courtesy of Sea Change)

Updated: December 10, 2009

The Top 10

Northeast Social Club

359 13th Ave Ne, Minneapolis, MN 55413

This hip Northeast restaurant takes inspired, sustainable fare to a whole new level, making it accessible, affordable and decadent dishes for under $20. The walls are decorated with local artists; the bar is dotted with neighborhood; and the service and menu are dedicated to creating community.

Sea Change

818 S Second St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Sea Change offers a welcome change of pace--and plenty of unique seafood dishes--to the Minneapolis restaurant landscape. The dining room is open and inviting, offering up a vast landscape for people watching and admiring chefs as they whip up colorful sea-inspired creations.

Common Roots Cafe

2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

This Uptown cafe dedicated to sustainable food, community and local farmers has been around for a few years, but in the last year or so its influence can be felt all over. Common Roots focuses on scratch-made, all-natural, fair-trade and organic fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner crowds, and many small cafes and restaurants are following Common Roots? lead, purchasing mostly locally sourced, sustainable goods.

La Belle Vie

510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Chef Tim McKee, a James Beard nominee for best chef of 2008, consistently wins raves for his French-inspired menu, offering up multi-course meals dedicated to culinary arts and sensory indulgence. In other words, if you're looking for the best dining experience this side of Manhattan, La Belle Vie offers it in spades.

The Anchor Fish & Chips

302 13th Ave Ne, Minneapolis, MN 55413

This laid-back but lively Northeast joint sometimes has a waiting list as long as an ocean sail. That's because this fish `n? chips pub is the real deal, offering up classic fish and chips, a killer beer and wine list and Irish breakfasts on Saturdays and Sundays that are sure to keep Irish eyes and their wannabes smiling.

Cheeky Monkey Deli

525 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102

This pretense-free deli-restaurant never forgets about the adults under all its kid-friendly fun. Beer and wine are always on offer--and at a good price to boot. And the menu itself is hip and grown-up, too: Unique and must-try twists on classic deli sandwiches include the pot roast on ciabatta and the Nutella and banana.

Corner Table

4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Chef Scott Pampuch is as dedicated to artful, delicious cuisine as he is community and sustainability. His award-winning dishes at this small but totally cozy South Minneapolis restaurant use only the finest and freshest ingredients and serve as the perfect conversation starters about cooking, community and the benefits of togetherness.

Bar La Grassa

800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The celeb restaurateurs behind La Grassa know a thing or two about fusing styles and menus. Featuring unique small plates and half or whole entrees, as well as an extensive wine list, La Grassa also brings an affordable decadence to the North Loop.

Himalayan Restaurant

2401 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

This South Minneapolis Nepalese restaurant made the list this year for offering consistently delicious dishes featuring traditional spices--such as tumeric, cumin, ginger, cilantro, black peppers and more--that border on divine. Everything here, from the veggie dishes to the curry dishes to the daal, is prepared with perfection in mind.

Birchwood Cafe

3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner fare, all with natural ingredients, the Birchwood Cafe is a consistent winner for its dedication to preparation, presentation and taste. Be sure to get a dessert, like the key lime pie, to wash down that delicious, chef-prepared prepared turkey burger.