2012

10 Best Foodie Cities

Food and Drink

We sniffed out and found 10 of the best food cities in America between the great food meccas of New York and L.A. Take a look at what we consider to be the best foodie cities in the country, and get ready to be hungry.


PHOTO CREDIT: Ian Curcio

Ranking Criteria

  • Excluded known food-lovers’ cities
  • Number of farmers markets
  • Number of independent restaurants
  • Overall quality of life
  • Cost of living

Foodies worth their sea salt know metropolitan cities like Paris, New York City and San Francisco are considered food meccas. But diverse dining offerings and a deep-rooted food culture can be uncovered in smaller towns and cities, too. Livability.com searched 200 of the most livable cities in America to find the 10 most surprisingly vibrant cities for foodies to flex their taste buds.

These are cities and towns where gourmands can find some undiscovered gems. From farmers markets and independent restaurants to quality of life and cost of living, these aren't just some of the best food cities in America – they're great communities for everyone. For more in-depth info about these great food cities, just click on the city names below. Bon appetit!

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