2012 10 Best Foodie Cities
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 through the list. Bon appetit!
During one weekend every September, a tiny chile pepper nearly doubles the size of the city of Pueblo, CO. Up to 100,000 visitors from all over the U.S. come to eat, drink and celebrate the "Pueblo Chile" during the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival.
But anytime is a good time for foodies in Pueblo. The famed fire-roasted chile spices up burgers, hot dogs, tamales and more as restaurants pay homage, and the Farmers Market along the Riverwalk brings a bounty of fresh produce from local farmers.
Locals swear by local favorite Magpies, the downtown restaurant featuring a fully stocked taproom downstairs. More microbrew suds are on tap at the popular Shamrock Brewing Co. And downtown bistro Restaurant Fifteen Twentyone fuses seasonally fresh ingredients with classic French culinary style.
Read more about Pueblo, CO's food and homegrown options.
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