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Cafe Maude---Photo credit: RepriseDesign.com

For a little project to help out a friend, my colleagues and I came up with a list of some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities.

Some are well known while others are smaller hole-in-the-wall places. All promise great food! We decided to share our picks for a great happy hour or dinner out! Enjoy!

Bar la Grassa
Downtown Minneapolis

Mendo Berri
Mendota Heights

Pizzarie Lola
Southwest Minneapolis

Barbette
Uptown

Roat Osha Thai
Uptown

Ciao Bella
Edina

Sapor
Warehouse district/North loop-downtown Minneapolis

Pizza Nea
NE/St. Anthony Main

Café Maude
South Minneapolis

Evergreen-vegetarian Chinese hole-in-the-wall
Eat Street, Minneapolis

Origami-Sushi
Downtown Minneapolis

Amici-Italian
NE Minneapolis

Yum
St. Louis Park

Gorkha Palace-Indian-local ingredients
NE/St. Anthony Main

Haute Dish-Midwestern cuisine-yes, midwestern!
Downtown Minneapolis

Parma 8200
Bloomington

Thank you to my colleagues Carly, Jeff and Sarah for their help compiling this yummy list. Carly’s brother is a foodie and a chef, so I definitely trust her on restaurants!

What are your favorite restaurants? It’s Twin Cities Restaurant Week next week, so take advantage of the perfect chance to get out and enjoy some local cuisine!