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8 Restaurant Cuisines You Need to Try Right Now

If you’re a foodie, you’re constantly on the lookout for the next greatest food. From spicy meatballs to slimy squid to fresh cut greens, food is your forte. Luckily, with the huge variety of cultures around the world and the U.S., there’s a never-ending supply of new meals to sample.

Taking time to expand our palate gives us the opportunity to broaden our cultural horizons. What are some cuisines to test this out? Check out this list for 8 restaurant cuisines you need to try right now.

1. Chinese
This is just a classic, and one of the most popular ethnic foods in the United States. If you’re looking to diversify your palate but don’t want to try anything too out of the box just yet, Chinese food is a good place to start. And how about that crab rangoon? Mmm… delicious!

2. Greek
If you’re interested in a healthier cuisine choice, give Greek food a try. Traditional Greek food includes olive oil, herbs, grains, vegetables, pork, fish and lamb. It’s a yummy option to take advantage of if you’re looking for an adventurous night out with friends.

3. French
Feeling fancy? Try some French food. Cheese and wine play a major role in these recipes, so you can be sure you won’t go wrong. Heavily influenced by Italian food, French meals often include freshly baked bread, locally grown vegetables and even fungi. Bon appétit!

4. Caribbean
If you’re looking for a tropical vacation but can’t afford it quite yet, try it out by chowing down on Caribbean food. The cuisine offers delicious meats marinated in a variety of spices and grilled to perfection over an open flame. Kind of like a backyard barbecue, except better.

5. Thai
Thai food is very popular in the U.S., and why not? Thai incorporates different textures and tastes into something all together sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy. Thai food offers lightly prepared meals with a powerful combination and just a kick of spice for you to enjoy.

6. Spanish
Different from its more common Mexican cuisine cousin, Spanish food is influenced by a variety of different geographical and cultural phenomenons. Try some jamón, for a real taste of Spanish meat, pinchos or tapas for something lighter or even paella to share with the family.

7. Indian
We’ve all heard about the spiciness that is Indian cuisine, but don’t you want to try it for yourself? Indian food incorporates different spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits to create a unique and enjoyable experience for your taste buds.

8. Japanese
Ah yes, Japanese food, also known as an American favorite, sushi. Fish is the most common part of Japanese food, either grilled or raw. However, the cuisine can still incorporate aspects such as vegetables, sauces and of course rice. Sign us up!

What other ethnic foods do you enjoy? If you’re looking to support your local community restaurants and want to broaden your food palette, give some of these unique cuisines a try. Not only will your taste buds thank you, but you get the chance to broaden your cultural experiences right here in your own community.