very year, a select group of ideas captivate the entire industry and infiltrate restaurants around the country. It’s why nearly every city has a place specializing in “small plates,” or why restaurants from Los Angeles to Chicago to Atlanta all have custom ceramic plates. As trends shift from one fascination to the next, we're always eager to see how they'll frame our dining experiences. And 2017, a mighty wave in its own right, hasn't disappointed. These are our favorite trends from the year, culled from hundreds of meals eaten at the best restaurants around the country.