I would definitely describe myself as an adventurous eater. Not a foodie per se—I think I love Cheetos too much to ever describe myself as a foodie—but someone who’ll try almost anything. Raw seafood preparation? Sounds great. Ingredients I’ve never heard of before? Sign me up. Spicy beyond belief? Yes, a thousand times yes.

For many years it felt like the only place in the Tristate that could challenge my daring palette was downtown, but that’s no longer the case. There are exciting, different and new restaurants throughout the region. From a West Side Cambodian restaurant to an East Side Italian take-out, from authentic Mexican in the North to Southern comfort food in Northern Kentucky, there is no shortage of options for those who want to try something new.

In this issue’s Best Eats Close to Home feature, we tried to find great food in each of the five regions of the Tristate: the North, East Side, West Side, Northern Kentucky and Central. No matter what side of town you live on, there is some good eating to be had. Even those who are less adventurous than I can find something new to try.

Are there any restaurants we need to try? Please reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter (@cincymagazine) or Instagram (@cincymagazine) to let us know what we should try next. We’re always on the lookout for our next good meal.

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