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Turn Key (Photo by Ryan Huber)

The dining scene is not what it was 10 years ago.

Of course, it’s not even what it was three years ago. The pandemic tipped the restaurant model on its head, challenging current restaurants’ operations and playing backdrop to new opens along with dispiriting closures. Through it all, we’ve witnessed just how passionate the people behind local restaurants are and what lengths they’ll go to in order to keep doing what they love. Many have ushered in a new era of creativity and innovation that makes us excited for what’s ahead and what’s happening right now.

LadyBirdFoodPlate

Photo courtesy of Lady Bird

East Johnson Family Restaurant burger

East Johnson Family Restaurant (Photo by Nikki Hansen)

Les Delices de Awa

Photo courtesy of Les Délices de Awa

The Harvey House soup

The Harvey House (Photo by Nikki Hansen)

The Ready Set

Photo courtesy of The Ready Set

Tucuma

Photo courtesy of Tucumã

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Turn Key (Photo by Ryan Huber)

Ollie’s

Ollie’s (Photo by Sharon Vanorny)

Ahan

Ahan (Photo by Jacob Bambrough Hoang)

Green Owl

The Green Owl Café (Photo by Spothopper)