Why have one great dish when you can have five? That’s the sentiment behind small plates. From sushi to street fare, small plates are taking over menus worldwide. And why not? No one wants to go to a great restaurant and sample a fraction of the menu. Small plates not only give patrons a chance to explore, customizing their own menus, they give restaurant owners and chefs more creative flexibility. Think of it as fashion. Each plate is part of a collection. And it’s not just your typical tapas anymore. Virtually every ethnic cuisine has a form of small plates. From Mezze, to Dim Sum, to South Asian street fare, small plates are prevalent all over the world. Next time you’re in the mood for variety, look for restaurants that specialize in small plates. You can even create your own at home!