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Eat up! October 16 is World Food Day

With October 16 being World Food Day and restaurant prices rising 3.2 percent between July 2018 and July 2019, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best Foodie Cities in America as well as accompanying videos.
In 2015, Americans spent more money at food establishments than at grocery stores for the first time, and restaurant purchases continue to experience greater year-over-year growth than grocery sales in 2019. And while people may view dining at home to be more cost-effective, eating at home still can be pricey, depending on the local cost of living as well as the type and quality of ingredients used.


To determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 30 key metrics. The data set ranges from affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita to craft breweries and wineries per capita.

Top 20 foodie cities in America 

1 Portland, OR     11 Orlando, FL
2 New York, NY   12 Sacramento, CA
3 Miami, FL   13 Tampa, FL
4 San Francisco, CA   14 Atlanta, GA
5 Los Angeles, CA   15 Denver, CO
6 Las Vegas, NV   16 Charleston, SC
7 San Diego, CA   17 Washington, DC
8 Seattle, WA   18 Honolulu, HI
9 Chicago, IL   19 Philadelphia, PA
10 Austin, TX   20 Oakland, CA

Best vs. Worst

  • New York has the most gourmet specialty-food stores (per square root of population), 1.3655, which is 58.9 times more than in Pearl City, Hawaii, the city with the fewest at 0.0232.         
 
  • New York has the most restaurants (per square root of population), 7.50, which is 30 times more than in Peoria, Arizona, the city with the fewest at 0.25. 
 
  • Las Vegas has the most ice cream and frozen yogurt shops (per square root of population), 0.2955, which is 18.7 times more than in Lewiston, Maine, the city with the fewest at 0.0158. 
 
  • Santa Rosa, California, has the highest ratio of full-service restaurants to fast-food establishments, 1.80, which is 3.5 times higher than in Jackson, Mississippi, the city with the lowest at 0.51.


To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: 
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-foodie-cities/7522/

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