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I am not surprise, but judging from the list, St. Louis could have been in the top 10. In addition to that, Kansas City was a staggering #104. Futhermore, you have to ask yourself, what happened, and who at Wallet Hub be judging these things?
Moreover, St. Louis deserves this hit, due to almost everything being discovered here during the 1904 World’s Fair. And to top it all off, we have some very talented chefs, and some of the best restaurants in the country.
So, let’s check out what Wallet Hub has to say:
Americans today apply the term “foodie” to anyone who loves gourmet dining. But foodie culture isn’t limited to restaurants. Foodies enjoy discovering new and unique flavors wherever they can find them, including in their own kitchens and less prominent establishments like street food stalls. For these people, the experience of eating is elevated to a hobby or even a lifestyle.
Naturally, being a foodie can be quite expensive, especially during times of high inflation. Restaurant prices rose 6.5% just between August 2022 and August 2023. Even cooking your own gourmet meals can be pricy, as grocery store prices rose 3% between August 2022 and August 2023.
Fortunately, culinary hotspots across the U.S. offer plenty of affordable options for cash-strapped foodies. These wallet-friendly cities cater to diners who prefer to cook at home, explore the local flavors or both. To determine the best and cheapest foodie scenes, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 28 key indicators of foodie-friendliness. Our data set ranges from cost of groceries to affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita.
Best Food Cities in America
|Overall Rank||City||Total Score||Affordability||Diversity, Accessibility & Quality|
|5||San Francisco, CA||66.03||176||2|
|7||San Diego, CA||63.90||142||8|
|8||Las Vegas, NV||63.66||88||11|
|13||Los Angeles, CA||61.42||158||9|
|18||St. Louis, MO||57.59||122||19|
|20||New York, NY||56.99||179||10|