The Cream of the Crop
If you're passionate about great food, you know the pursuit of that next delicious bite can get expensive. Besides eating out at restaurants, those who love exploring new cuisines often want to cook with hard-to-find ingredients, seek out new experiences such as food tours and cooking classes, and some will even plan travel around food. Some cities in the U.S., however, are more affordable for food lovers than others, according to the 2019 WalletHub Best Foodie Cities in America study.
To determine which cities are cheapest for exploring new flavors and cuisines, WalletHub compared 182 U.S. cities based on two criteria. The first was affordability, taking a look at how much things like groceries, wine, and restaurant meals cost, as well as various taxes. The second criteria — diversity, accessibility, and quality — examined 23 other factors, among them restaurants, food festivals, and food trucks per capita; the presence of Michelin-starred restaurants; Yelp rankings; and access to healthy food options. Here are the 30 urban areas that came out on top as the best food cities in America. (Looking for more can't-miss culinary destinations? Be sure to check out 60 Iconic U.S. Restaurants to Try Before You Die.)