Every year in our annual Tastemakers issue, we say that there’s never been as much creativity or energy in the local restaurant scene as there is right now – and every year it’s true. That’s because the volume of talent and innovation we see year after year only continues to grow and flourish.

Much of that forward movement is reflected in our list of Best New Restaurants of 2017, a roundup of the can’t-miss spots that have opened in the past year. We're lucky to live, eat and drink in the midwest, where there is always something new and exciting to savor.

Editor’s Note: Our editorial team selected this year’s Best New Restaurants from those that opened between December 2016 and November 2017. The best new restaurants are listed alphabetically below; they are not ranked in order.