What is your favorite food city? Take a look at what some people have said above. What I think?
When it comes to living in New York there are plenty of pros and cons.
For example, it’s too bad that rent is really expensive. Then again, the food is great. Also, the summers are long, hot and sweaty, but did I mention how great the food is?
To be honest, having a lot of options is great when deciding what city to live in. It may have to do with the fact that I am a food writer, but having the culinary world at my fingertips is a great factor in choosing where I want to live.
However, this is not to say that New York is the only great city for foodies. There are plenty of choices from coast to coast. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite cities that you might enjoy checking out.
New York, NY
What would this list be without our beloved? From Brooklyn to the Bronx and everything in between, there are so many different cuisines to choose from. There’s Cuban, Jamaican, Peruvian, Italian…. The list goes on. Not to mention all the major chefs and Michelin star restaurants on the island of Manhattan alone.
On a side note, can I just say that we have the best pizza and bagels in the country? Alright. That is all.
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Los Angles, California
L.A. is bigger than you would expect, which means there are a whole lot of options. From trendy restaurants with American fare like Gjelina to small, hidden taco stands, there’s everything you could possibly want. There is also a massive influx of healthy eateries – but not to fret, they are also delicious. More to expect? Koreatown gems, famous hamburgers and (naturally) ice cream.
San Francisco, California
San Fran is all about “cutting-edge” – whether it’s molecular gastronomy or mixology. Speaking of which, it’s also great for night life and going out. It should also be mentioned that San Fran does coffee, and that’s all you need to know. That being said, on the affordability side of things… it’s not your absolute best bet, but it’s certainly worth it for at least a visit.
It’s down to the South we go! For the ultimate in refined comfort foods that are big in taste – and size – Houston is probably one of your best bets. According to Travel + Leisure, the city actually ranked No. 1 in the burgers, brunch and specialty food shops categories.
Looking for something a little more alternative in Texas? Austin – home of food and music festivals galore – is a fantastic option. Thanks to its hipster-centric culture, you can expect food trucks, tex-mex, BBQ and diner foods all with an alternative twist and interesting crowd. Take the word interesting however you want.
New Orleans, Louisiana
What would a food round up be without mentioning NOLA?! Even Kim Kardashian couldn’t resist the sugar-dusted beignets at Cafe Du Monde and with good reason (they’re delicious). Nola is all about southern comfort food, mixed with French cuisine and a Creole twist. Big portions and a big taste are to be expected from this party town. And, before you ask: No, there’s no open container law.
Hotlanta is understandably great for the people, but it’s also big on serving up the southern flavors. After all, is there a better place than George to gobble up some chicken and waffles? It should be mentioned that when you’re in this state, it would simply be a shame if you’re not a meat eater. They are big on their protein in this state. That is unless you go during peach season!
Looking for something more veggie friendly? Portland – known for their top notch farm-to-table restaurants – is a much better option than the dairy-filled, meat-laden dishes popular in the South. You can expect “quirkier” fare and more interesting fusions here. We have to hand it to the folks in the Pacific Northwest, they’ve sure got an imagination on them.
You may only know about deep dish, Chicago-style pizza but there is plenty more to love. I like to think this city specializes in American fare and a quick search will prove it. It’s one of the major cities in the country, so understandably there is a lot to choose from.
Home of the OG farmer’s market (or what seems like), Seattle is all about fresh, healthy eats that are anything but boring. Expect farm-to-table, rustic fare and seafood like oysters, wild salmon and more.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is known for their buffets, but a lot of celebrity chefs have outposts in Sin City. As a matter of fact, a lot of famous New York restaurants actually have locations in Vegas and are worth checking out if you are looking for a grandiose experience… and if you’re not too wasted during the whole of your trip…
Philly may be smaller than some/most of the cities on this list but you can’t deny the power of the Philly Cheesesteak! Alright, there is more than just cheesesteak, but you can expect a multitude of different cuisines from all the different neighborhoods including Middle Eastern, Italian , French and more. You may think of this city as being small, but it’s still mighty!
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