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Combining dinner with a show on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis is a lot easier these days, thanks to an ever-growing number of restaurants popping up within walking distance of the Orpheum, State and Pantages theaters. Including Union. Chef Stewart Woodman uses the first floor, now called Workshop at Union, as an affordably priced culinary testing ground. He deploys his considerable powers on ordinary ingredients, including a fried egg that he transforms into the most ingenious (and gorgeous) Scotch egg, ever ($9). 731 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.; 612-455-6690; workshopatunion.com

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