5 Best Foodie Cities in America

From sea to shining sea, the U.S. is jam-packed with cities brimming with foodie adventures from gourmet street carts and farmers markets to edgy restaurants and fusion cuisine. These days, people seek out a new sort of food experience, embracing such trends as comfort food-turned-gourmet and the farm-to-table and slow food movements, to name just a few. Here are 5 cities in the U.S. guaranteed to satisfy the most food-obsessed out there:

San Francisco This city is generally thought of as America’s best food city- with an abundance of local fresh ingredients, international flair, farmer’s markets and 3,500 restaurants, every corner you turn has a street café, market or world-class eatery to explore. Check out the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market at the Embarcadero- they have unbelievable produce, breads, and all sorts of local, sustainable ingredients.

New York City You may quake at the thought of dining out in NYC, for the city definitely is the center for high-end, luxury restaurants- but there are also endless food trucks, diners and street cafes serving up some of the most delicious cuisine from all over the world. From Little Italy to Chinatown, authentic Greek cuisine and Central Park for picnics, you’ll never be able to see or eat it all!

 

New Orleans New Orleans’ lively, buzzing atmosphere can’t be matched, and it’s an absolute haven for foodies! From fine dining to historic cafes and delicious regional specialties, you’ll have a constantly full stomach here. The city’s original dishes blend French influence with distinctive Creole and Cajun flavors to create homey comfort food like gumbo, jambalaya and the muffaletta and po’boy sandwiches.

Chicago The Windy City is a great place to combine the excitement of a big city with a laid-back Midwestern vibe. It’s got great food, ranking in the top ten for burgers and ethnic cuisine- and takes the top spot for pizza in the country! Don’t miss the famous deep-dish pie and Chicago-style hot dogs!

Portland, Oregon Portlanders pride themselves on being super-green and embracing the farm-to-table trend with open arms. You’ll find tons of healthy, sustainable cafes, well-crafted microbrews, gourmet food carts and interesting fusion food such as Korean-Hawaiian and upscale comfort food (think macaroni and cheese tapas.) To balance the healthy options, stop by Voodoo Donuts for a massive frosted sprinkle donut or bacon-topped maple bar- the line goes around the corner late at night!

 

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