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Rock Steady

Created by committee, Stone’s pleases crowds but doesn’t carve new territory

Mediterranean Mix

Liolà emboldens the Italian flavors at the La Bodega lounge

Brix and Bouquets

When a Brazilian steak house fizzled in the ’burbs, a safe Italian bistro took its place

Try Thai Again

Coconut shrimp, Laos lettuce wraps, and a daring durian dessert at Thai Bazil

Grand Reopening

Country cooking for city slickers returns to South Minneapolis

Canyon Grille

Glass Half Full: Canyon Grille’s sophisticated wine list deserves a menu and service to match

Namaste Cafe

Spice Trade: Namaste brings the flavors of south Asia to south Minneapolis


Con Brio: At Bella, nothing gets lost in translation


Urban Renaissance: Margaux’s cozy neighborhood restaurant arrives slightly ahead of the neighborhood

The Green Room

Remote Possibility: The Green Room in Waconia serves sophisticated dishes with a forthright friendliness