The 9 best nachos in Cleveland: To the 9s

You know them, you love them. They're one of the most common appetizers found on local menus. They're nachos. And we're about to fill you in on the 9 best nacho dishes in Cleveland.

Once upon a time, ordering nachos was a gamble: they could be a fresh, thoughtful treat, or a trite, tired pile of corn tortillas suffocated by gloppy cheese sauce, sour cream and salsa. Not anymore. 

Today's nachos have thoroughly upended the traditional Mexican plate, and in many different directions. Every flavor profile, texture and topping imaginable is up for grabs. Some interpretations stay close to their origin; others are fusions that barely resemble the classic dish introduced in the 1940s.

Regardless of how they're constructed or defined, nachos are a great first course for sharing, and Cleveland has a lot of great plates of them. And once you've had one from our inaugural "To the 9s" best-of column, you might (read: should) consider an order all for yourself:

Tuna Nachos at Burntwood Tavern (multiple locations, www.burntwoodtavern.com). Nachos meet sashimi in this delectable Pan-Asian appetizer, one reminiscent of D'vine Wine Bar's now-discontinued dish. Burntwood's Tuna Nachos ($10) offer very thin slices of sashimi tuna on top of crisp wontons, laced with avocado salsa and a cilantro cream drizzle, topped with scallions and black sesame seeds. It's a light, refreshing take on nachos for the sushi set, presented across a long, stone plate built for sharing.

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