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We’re not just a “burger and fries” dining community in the tri-county area.

In fact, the 70-plus restaurants that make up the dining scene in Fenton, Linden and Holly are a diverse bunch. In addition to American cuisine, you’ll find Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Middle Eastern. The cultural diversity of taste in the tri-county area is evident in the popularity of many of these dining hot spots.

Nationally, Italian cuisine is the most popular, followed by Mexican, according to the National Restaurant Association. Chinese restaurants are third in popularity, with Middle Eastern, Asian fusion and Japanese rounding out the top ethnic mix.

Whether you have a taste for spaghetti and meatballs, sweet and sour chicken, Korean barbecue, Baba Ghanoush, sushi or Pad Thai, there’s a dining table in the tri-county area waiting for you.

— Top Ethnic Cuisines —

Italian

Spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, lasagna, tortellini, bruschetta, carbonara, parmigiana, tiramisu, gelato

Locally: Andiamo, Ciao Italian Bistro or dozens of pizza restaurants.

Mexican

Tacos, tortillas, enchiladas, quesadillas, salsa, guacamole, tostadas, tamales, chiles rellenos

Locally: Cancun Mexican Grill, El Topo, Sagebrush Cantina

Chinese

General Tso’s Chicken, Crab Rangoon, egg roll, sesame chicken, fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, orange chicken, hot and sour soup, pot stickers

Locally: Golden Buffet, Moy Kong Express, China King

Middle Eastern

Hummus, pita bread, falafel, tabouleh, baklava, baba ghannoush, garlic sauce

Locally: La Marsa Mediterranean Cuisine, Pita Way, Habiba Middle Eastern Grill

Asian fusion

Kimchi quesadilla, sushi pizza, Bahn Mi sandwiches, California croissant

Locally: Bangkok Peppers, Thai House Bistro

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