In 2017, restaurant sales reached almost 0 billion.Restaurants are entertainment, safe haven, home away from home.Herewith is this year’s list, from which I hope there are a few new places you can call home.

Holy smokes, the restaurant is better than it has ever been, the dishes more assured and vivacious.

For a while the restaurant and market blurred into each other, the restaurant seeming in support of the market somehow.

(Take a look at Wesley Chapel these days.) Great food cities like New York depend upon demographic diversity, partly because it means a single table can be turned multiple times per evening (early birds and tourists, then regular folk, then those crazy Europeans who eat around the time I’m donning pajamas).

In March, I will have been the food critic at the for 10 years, and each year I’ve done some version of a top restaurants story.

with discounted drinks, snacks and pizza; a quick nosh after a movie night on Tuesdays (your ticket stub gets you $5 off); a deep wine list that can be marauded on Wednesday (bottles half off); or an eight-course chef’s dinner in the tiny private dining room Thursday to Saturday.

But for me, the best way is to go with a bunch of friends and order a scattershot of shareables from the one-page menu.

It feels like a traditional sit-down restaurant now, the market downstairs much more of a grab-and-go kiosk-based forum for prepared foods, less a grocery store.

There are many ways to enjoy Farm Table: weeknight happy hours from 5 to 7 p.m.

1 restaurant), Gabe Erales (chef, Dai Due, Austin, Texas; Noma Test Kitchen, Tulum, Mexico) and Michael Gulotta (New Orleans' Mo Pho, Maypop; Best New Chef 2016). They’ve got another series this summer, women chefs from around the country (launching in May with an all-female James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour dinner), and this is in addition to launching two new concepts this spring, the first the Nebraska Mini Mart in Seminole Heights (bocce ball, shuffleboard, global street food) and a second more casual concept near the downtown area. I brought my favorite 11-year-old, a serious foodie but with some textural squeamishness.

(I promised I wouldn’t say precisely what, but it’s going to be good.) They are spearheading an indie chef week in April and are participating in the celebrated Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Our waiter collaborated with her, respectfully, until a dish was arrived at.

), but at Reading Room the poulet rouge, probably from Joyce Farms, is a marvel with a changing array of accoutrements.