Welcome to Functional Feeding, the 2007 Dining Guide

No one—other than obsessive gourmands—goes out to dinner just for the food. We go for the mood, for the company, to realize some small part of our life’s mission.

There’s always a purpose behind a meal out, whether it’s entertaining your parents-in-law from Tulsa or drowning your woes in a bowl of noodles. With that thought in mind, we offer you here Seattle Weekly’s annual list of favorite restaurants, organized according to the 22 most statistically significant human-restaurant interactions.

Remember, these are just our current favorites. Pick up the paper next week, and you might find a new one.