If the past year has shown us anything, it’s that Boston truly has the strength and grit we always knew it had. Our people and our businesses have dealt with pretty much every adversity that the pandemic has thrown our way, both with and without grace. When our restaurants didn’t have patios to accommodate social distancing, we made them, transforming any sidewalk, parking lot or alleyway into an outdoor dining oasis. And when the city reopened this summer, residents didn’t hesitate to return to their favorite haunts and explore local newcomers, slowly restoring our neighborhoods to their former vibrant glory—all in the safest ways possible, of course. While we still can’t even see each other’s faces behind our mandated masks, it’s not hard to see that we need to celebrate everything that has made Boston beautiful over the last 12 months. Along with our other Time Out teams around the globe, we’re announcing Boston’s Best of The City award winners for 2021. Check out all of the places, people and things that we think deserve a round of applause—from that Back Bay eatery that’s bringing French food into the modern era to that show that’s taken opera on the road.