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The menu at Libertine is certainly awash in beef, but it’s the pork dishes that really impress: a treat of a ham steak, thick-glazed Korean-style spare ribs, crispy pig’s ears with lime and sweet-hot touches. But overshadowing them all is a spectacular thick-cut chop, which heralds its arrival through the olfactory senses long before diners take a knife and fork to its (expertly) smoky goodness. 3001 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.; 612-877-7263;

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