What are the best foodie cities in the U.S.? Study ranks 182 places

October 9, 2018 GMT

What are the best foodie cities in the U.S.? Study ranks 182 places

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Portland, Oregon, has landed atop the food chain, so to speak, when it comes to best foodie cities in the country.

This according to the personal-finance website WalletHub, which analyzed several variables to determine the country’s best gourmet areas. More than 180 places were studied.

The cities were evaluated according to 29 variables under two main categories: Affordability and “diversity, accessibility and quality.” Taxes, food trucks, healthy options and specialty stores all figured into the site’s methodology.

Five Ohio cities were included:

• Cincinnati, 22nd overall (13th affordability, 32nd diversity, accessibility and quality)

• Cleveland, 37th (39, 41)

• Columbus, 40th (12, 64)

• Akron, 121st (78, 147)

• Toledo, 153rd (42, 176)

Portland ranked first overall, 17th in the affordability category and fifth in diversity, accessibility and quality.

San Antonio (21st overall) came out on top in the affordability category while New York (fourth overall) finished first in the diversity, accessibility and quality ranking.

If you are curious about where not to eat, according to the study, Pearl City, Hawaii, finished dead last overall and in the affordability ranking.

Other findings

• Laredo, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, has the cheapest cost of groceries.

• For beer and wine prices, Indianapolis has the lowest average prices, while Seattle has the most expensive.

• Not surprisingly, New York City has the most restaurants per capital. Peoria, Arizona – outside of Phoenix - has the fewest.