In December, Zagat named Minneapolis the 17th most exciting food city in the country, and then, in January, Esquire called it “the food worlds best-kept secret.” In May, it was one of Peoples “10 hottest foodie cities in America.”
14th – Restaurants per Capita 32nd – Affordability & Accessibility of Highly-Rated Restaurants 9th – Gourmet Specialty-Food Stores per Capita 27th – Craft Breweries & Wineries per Capita 14th – Coffee & Tea Shops per Capita
So this week, when survey and stats generator WalletHub—which has made nationwide data maps about everything from stress levels to oral hygiene (and will also generate your credit score, thank you)—released its 2018 “Best Foodie Cities in America” list, it seemed a given Minneapolis would be on there.
Now accustomed to blind praise from national news organizations, we scrolled down the list, watching for “Minneapolis, MN” in the top 10.
Ah, yes, there we are. Way down there at [squints] … 34? Is that right? A full 10 spots below Milwaukee?
Maybe its a matter of semantics. WalletHub lists Minneapolis and St. Paul separately, and the capital city fares even worse, coming in at No. 66. But those other outlets heaping accolades upon the metro tended, for better or worse, to use Minneapolis as a proxy for the broader Twin Cities region.
(Zagat references Tim McKees St. Paul-based Market House Collaborative, for example; Travel + Leisure also combined the two in naming them one of Americas favorite cities for food.)
Or maybe its the methodology, which factors in affordability and freshness but also Yelp rankings.
Or maybe we really arent the “foodie city” we think we are. Maybe we cant match up against Denver, or Cincinnati. Or Fort Lauderdale. Or… Tampa.
You can view WalletHubs map in all of its speckled, interactive glory below before picking up the “were the greatest,” “actually X is the greatest” arguments in the comments.
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 sites methodology.
FILE — Chef Geoff Tracy owns three restaurants in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. (WTOP/Michelle Basch, File photo) A WalletHub ranking puts D.C. in the top 15 on its Best Foodie Cities in America list, based on 29 metrics. When it came to affordability, the District didnt come out so well. WASHINGTON — D.C.’s restaurant scene gets nationwide accolades, but when the bill comes to the table, it doesn’t look quite as good.
A WalletHub ranking puts D.C. in the top 15 on its Best Foodie Cities in America list, based on 29 metrics including affordability, accessibility of high-quality restaurants, food festivals, breweries and wineries.
This according to the personal-finance website WalletHub, which analyzed several variables to determine the countrys best gourmet areas. More than 180 places were studied.
Washington ranks sixth in restaurants per capita, and 20th for accessibility to highly-rated restaurants, but — but 146th for restaurant affordability.
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.
Eating out in general is getting more expensive. The USDA reports restaurant prices nationally rose 2.8 percent between July 2017 and July 2018.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Portland, Oregon, has landed atop the food chain, so to speak, when it comes to best foodie cities in the country.
The National Restaurant Association said Americans spent more on eating out than at grocery stores for the first time in 2015.
Other slots put D.C. 11th for coffee and tea shops per capita, and 33rd for gourmet and specialty food stores per capita.
Portland ranked first overall, 17th in the affordability category and fifth in diversity, accessibility and quality.
Baltimore ranks 54th on the list, but ties Columbia, Maryland, for the lowest ratio of full-service restaurants to fast-food establishments.
Bon Appetit named D.C. its Restaurant City of the Year in 2016, citing the ranks of rising young chefs and sheer volume of neighborhood restaurants popping up.
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