I don't care what the Washington Post says, I like being a foodie. The sound of the word resonates with me. I like using the hashtag #foodie. When I search social media for it, I am inspired with new ideas. It helps me find other people like me, who are passionate about food and have an obsession with discovering the new and exciting.
I can't be alone in this. For the first time on record, food sales in restaurants surpassed grocery store sales in 2015. People simply like going out to eat, and they're not interested in foods they can make at home. Fusion hot spots pop up in big cities, where Korean spices meet Mexican style. Taco joints pepper streets like Singleton Boulevard street in Dallas, TX, and foodies like me made a point to visit at least three of them to define the day as a "taco crawl."
People are planning trips to cities that are culinary hotspots. Foodies like me want to know - what are the best foodie cities in the U.S. for 2017?
The 2017 Best Foodie Cities in the U.S.
WalletHub's analysts looked at 180 U.S. cities. The analysts included the 150 most populated U.S. cities and at least two of the most populated cities in each state. They then looked at them through a lens of 24 "foodie-friendly" indicators, including the cost of groceries, the accessibility of high-quality restaurants, and the number of food festivals per capita.
They rated each city by two dimensions, "Affordability" and "Accessibility & Quality" on a 100-point scale (where 100 was most favorable conditions for foodies and 1 was least favorable). Examples of their affordability questions were the cost of groceries, restaurant meal tax, and restaurant & sales tax. Their accessibility questions included the number of restaurants/breweries/coffee shops per capita, restaurant diversity, and the presence of Michelin-starred restaurants. They also looked at whether there were cooking schools, food festivals, or butcher shops in the area.
Here are the top 10 cities based on overall rank. As you can see, some cities (like San Francisco, CA) rate in the top of accessibility but near the bottom in affordability. Other cities (like Austin, Texas) rank highly on both metrics.
Check out the full report here to see how your city stacks up!