As 2016 draws to a close, we have been doing a lot of reflection on the past year. I realized that the one question I’ve been asked more than any other this year is “Where should I eat?” With the number of fantastic dining options in this city increasing daily, choosing where to spend your hard-earned dollars is a tough choice! So, as our year-end gift to you dear readers, consider the restaurants mentioned below (all recommended by our expert team of food writers) your forever answer to that burning question. Happy eating, friends!

“With its celebrity ties and beautiful decor, I expected the food to be good at RPM Italian — but I had no idea it would be outstanding. The housemade pastas are as good as any that I’ve had the pleasure of eating in Italy. I highly recommend the Mama DePandi’s Pomodoro and the Mushroom Risotto.” — Troy Petenbrink