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It’s no secret that Americans love their food – and why wouldn’t they? The United States is home to some of the best restaurants, eateries and street vendors in the world, serving a dazzling array of international cuisines that few countries can match in terms of diversity, accessibility and availability. Trying new and exotic cuisines is one of the main reasons for traveling the world for many travelers, most would be just as well served traveling the country to get their food fix – and here’s where they can do it.
A comprehensive new study has been completed that looked at a range of different cities in the United States, rated them across a variety of food-related metrics, and created a list of the top 10 foodie cities in the country. Here’s a look at how the study was done and which cities in the United States won the title of best cities for foodies.
Top Foodie Cities Study – Information for Travelers
The study on the greediest cities in the United States was carried out by WalletHub, a personal finance website. In their quest to find the best food towns in the country, WalletHub compared 182 cities in the United States, which included the 150 most populous cities, in addition to at least two of the most populous cities in each state. These cities were then analyzed not only along two key dimensions, “Affordability” and “Diversity, Accessibility and Quality”, but across 29 metrics, before being given an overall score out of 100.
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The measures were very varied in order to determine which city could really be crowned Mecca for foodies. Through “Affordability » dimension, these measures included restaurant meal costs, grocery costs, and the price of beer and gain. On the “Diversity, Accessibility & Quality” On the flip side, the metrics included number of restaurants per capita, presence of Michelin-starred restaurants, food trucks per capita, food and wine tours per capita, and several other food-related criteria.
Portland, Oregon came in first and won America’s Best City for Foodies. The quirky and quaint town scored an overall score of 69.96 – three clear points above the closest competitor – with the study proving Portland claimed the most craft breweries and wineries per capita and the third best ratio of full-service restaurants. to fast food outlets – two more good reasons to take a trip to town in the coming months.
Second place went to Orlando, Florida with an overall score of 66.63, while neighboring Miami took the bronze with a score of 66.15. Orlando and Miami both held first place in the measure of restaurants per capita and the number of ice cream and frozen yogurt stores per capita – perfect for the hot Florida summers. Orlando also took the top spot in the number of cafes and gourmet food outlets, showing that it clearly caters to all crowds.
Fourth place went to San Francisco, Calif., with a score of 65.10, while Austin, Texas finished a respectable fifth at 63.19. San Francisco also topped the restaurants per capita metric, as one would expect from such a major dining destination. Looking at featured artists from select metrics, Brownsville, Texas was found to be the cheapest place to buy both groceries, beer, and wine, while Santa Rosa, in California and Salt Lake City, Utah, perfect the best of craft brews and coffee measures respectively. .
The top 10 foodie towns in the United States are as follows:
- Portland, OR (69.96)
- Orlando, Florida (66.3)
- Miami, Florida (66.15)
- San Francisco, CA (65.10)
- Austin, TX (63.19)
- Sacramento, CA (62.89)
- Seattle, Washington (62.58)
- Tampa, Florida (61.80)
- Las Vegas, Nevada (61.20)
- San Diego, CA (60.78)
By contrast, the bottom five consisted of Pearl City, Hawaii, Montgomery, Alabama, Moreno Valley, California, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi — places to avoid if a good meal is high on your to-do list. on holiday.
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