There are lists, and then there is the list to top them all: The Top 100, in which we rank the very best restaurants in Dallas. It reflects what’s happening in Dallas dining right now — a mix of great new places and classics that never go out of style, a combination of cuisines and atmospheres, thoughtfully ordered from 1 all the way down to 100.

We chose the restaurants based on diverse factors, including meals we’ve eaten, conversations we’ve had, and feedback from trusted friends and readers. With a few exceptions, we mostly stuck to Dallas proper.

Keep it close to you. This is your master list, your go-to reference, when you need to know the best of the best in 2016. — Teresa Gubbins