Foodie culture continues to marinate in U.S. cities, along with its various cousins the farm-to-table and craft-beer movements. Many cities are encouraging restaurant districts and boutique eating, and reaping the benefits.
With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Best Foodie Cities, 2015. These cities strongly support local farmers, showcase regional cuisine and provide residents with an innovative and eclectic mix of restaurants and delicious food to eat.
When choosing the best foodie cities, Livability.com editors first analyzed Census data to find cities with high concentrations of restaurants and bars. Using data from Esri and other sources, they looked for cities whose residents choose to eat at independent restaurants rather than chains or fast-food establishments. The editors also looked at access to healthy food and farmers markets, which provide at-home cooks with fresh ingredients.
Finally, just because these cities have great food doesn't mean they should be eating it to excess, so Livability.com also factored in the adult obesity rate.
Of course, palates are a subjective thing, so the editors also layered in some other factors such as James Beard Award winners, Michelin stars and even Yelp reviews. Finally, they used their experience and judgment to narrow the list into the final Top 10.
“You can go on and on about how a strong foodie culture benefits a city economically and leads to more vibrant downtowns,” says Livability editor Matt Carmichael. “But let’s be realistic. It’s really all about having a variety of great food to eat. Who doesn’t want that in their town?”
Top 10 Best Foodie Cities, 2015, by Ranking
- Coral Gables, Fla.
- Omaha, Neb.
- Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Duluth, Minn.
- Rockville, Md.
- Bellevue, Wash.
- Stamford, Conn.
- Tempe, Ariz.
- Burlington, Vt.
- Walnut Creek, Calif.