So much of a restaurant’s success depends on how it measures up to what it sets out to do. A sandwich shop that nails the simple hoagie is so much more satisfying than the precious eatery that tries to do too much and falls short. This year, we find ourselves falling in love with restaurants both upscale and humble, chic, cheerful and with a distinct point of view. You’ll find several sophisticated spots for finer dining in this year’s crop of the best along with a few modest spots serving unpretentious, delicious foods. The common thread? They’re all sure things. Say hello to our top 11. Delicious surprises await.