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Best New Restaurant

In our closest race this year, just a handful of votes separated these winners. Congratulations to Roble Tacos + Tequila (5020 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire), for landing at No. 1! Hey, with a margarita that blends strawberries and jalapeños into heavenly bliss, can you blame us Vallians? The Lakely inside the Oxbow Hotel (516 Galloway St., Eau Claire), lands a winfor the little guy in this category. Their farm-to-table menu marries Midwestern comforts with a dash of upscale, urban flare. Acclaimed chef Nathan Berg gives us new flavors each season that never disappoint, all in a fantastic downtown atmosphere. It’s the good ol’ country comforts, like tater tot hotdish, that give Cowboy Jack’s (1432 Front Porch Place, Altoona), a rightful place among the top three! – Marie Anthony

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