America's Greatest Food Cities

The American cities with the greatest quantity and quality of fine restaurants.

The Top Ten

1 New York

Fun fact: If you went out for dinner in NYC every night at a different restaurant, you would never repeat restaurants for 59 years

New York, the best food town in the world, if I could permanantly STICK myself to times square, I would, I love it that much. - MasterThrasher

Delicious! So many choices that are all 5 *****! Especially in Times Square - mvh0419

Their Vietnamese food in Chinatown was meh. It lacked flavor. Even my relatives and my mom makes better food than them.

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2 Chicago Chicago Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world. more.


Best pizza in the world. Most ethnic and most authentic food in the world. We do know sports despite what jnormanii says... White Sox, Bulls. New York has decent pizza not best. Chicago is the greatest city in the world in every single aspect! - crazyeyes56

What's great about Chicago is that there is such a variety. One night you might feel like some good old pizza and then next night you might feel like some Chinese. Either way there are a ton of options. Some of my favorites include: Portillos, Lou Malnatis and the Purple Pig (check it out, I think it is only one location though).

Johnnies Beef, Portillos Hot Dogs, Shaws, Berkoff,Italian Village,Paradise Pub on and on

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3 San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.

The sour dough bread made IN SF is THE best that I have ever tasted. The lore is that sour dough bread made in SF is better tasting because of it's environs. Some of the best Northern Indian food I've ever tasted as well. - mgenet

Best Asian food choices outside the Orient.

San Francisco has amazing food because it is so diverse and so many cultures bring their food.

Their Chinese food is good. My relatives, however hated a Korean BBQ place in Oakland.

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4 New Orleans

Why is this #4? It's the realest real food in all of the US. Hard working, honest food that has roots. Bursting with a diversity of flavors from past and present which you don't see anywhere else.

No other city has genuine Creole cuisine. And no, that doesn't mean deep-fried. #1, easy. Just ask all the people who come here for the Superbowl and other major events - THEY'LL tell you it's the best!

We in New Orleans can make anything taste great. We make something out of nothing, and people love it. It's that, that makes New Orleans Cuisine so special.

The most distinguished city in the world.
♥️ New Orleans

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5 Los Angeles Los Angeles

you can get almost anything you want in L.A. THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD( ITS RIGHT NEAR THE BODER, C'MON!)

Truly an ethnic food melting pot.

Read Jonathan Gold, then thou shalt understand.

I like the Vietnamese food from Little Saigon!

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6 Dallas/Fort Worth

Lot's of restaurants, even one on top of a tower that spins around so you can view the whole skyline of Dallas. - JustAnAccount

Best place for mexican food. Except of course mexico. Amazing food. - pishposh11

Meat lovers paradise! Best steak houses and BBQ joints.

Great diversity of cuisine, couldn't say that 10 years ago

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7 Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor more.

Please -- get hold of yourself people -- Philly food ROCKS --- all around this town its a struggle to keep your waist line down, this town has such incredibly good food -- almost unfair to the rest of the country.

And our bread -- it's like a narcotic --

Invented water ice, invented cheese steak, invented soft pretzel, invented cream cheese, invented hoagie, PHILLY HAS THE BEST FOOD (AND I don't EVEN LIVE THERE)

...How is Philly not AT LEAST in the top three, must be more of a vote for the city you "think" has the best food.

Worst city ever!

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8 Houston

Extremely diverse! As a port city, there are influences from all over the world that come to Houston and stay here because of the food culture! The best kept secret in the country, as far as I'm concerned. And growing faster than anywhere else. Give it a shot!

Very diverse. People from all over the world and all over the nation have brought a great mix of food to this city. Especially great food choices inside the Loop. Don't forget Chinatown.

Best food in the nation. A LOT of everything you want, and it tastes great. Houston has something for everyone.

Houston should be number 1
Tons of cultural restaurants
How did san fran and LA beat it?

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9 Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

There's no limit to your dining options here! You can dine in just about every hotel you see. You can eat outside, inside, in a pyramid, even in Paris! Vegas will amaze you, so make your way down there!

Cheap buffets gave way to top notch dining.

Most high end restaurants in America next to maybe NY

Mirage buffet was a OK, not too bad. I’m trying a different one on a future visit

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10 Omaha, Nebraska

Well, I'm biased 'cause I live in the area, but restaurants like La Casa, Lo Sole Mio, Jaipur, Brother Sebastian's, etc. , are just great food. - drpeppersnapple

Lots of choices, many are chains, but a great variety of independant ethnic places!!

Best family owned Italian places in America. everything included and in some cases the wine also

I'm biased because I live in omaha, but there's so many diverse restaurants. Great affordable hole-in-the wall eateries owned by locals. Just drive down leavenworth!

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The Contenders

11 Portland, Oregon Portland, Oregon Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Farm-fresh and more micro-breweries putting out top-notch products than anywhere in the country. Portland won Food network's prize and is found on most top ten lists.

Amazing diversity of farm fresh ingredients meets creative inspired preparations at low prices, what's not to like?

12 Kansas City

Best BBQ in the world. Hands down. Period. Best combination of sauce and perfectly prepared meats.

The best steaks and BBQ on the planet.

KC has the best BBQ and great bars.

13 Seattle Seattle Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington.

Northwest cuisine is contemporary, unpretentious and always fresh. Also, Dungeness crabs and our local salmon are far superior to any east coast equivalent. I'll give you people your lobster, but we'll stick with our own crab and salmon, thank you very much.

There is this food truck near my workplace and their crab is the freshest I have tasted they say that they get them from the harbor every few HOURS!

Seafood lovers heaven. Fish so fresh, you feel like you caught it yourself.

14 Washington, DC
15 Baltimore, Maryland

So many different types of food to choose from... Especially Maryland steamed crabs, my fave!

Baltimore has the best crabs and seafood because of the creshness of the Chesapeake bay.


16 Austin, Texas

We have all different types of choices for BBQ, Tacos, Mexican Food, Asian Food, Coffee Houses, etc. - shiftaltkey

17 Boston Boston

Baltimore and Boston have the best Seafood, Seattle is quite good as weel all should be in the top 10 - fanilyguy

Who doesn't like their lobsta and clam chowda. - Ev662

In Boston you either eat seafood or you don't eat - JustAnAccount


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18 Buffalo Buffalo

If you love wings, you have to thank this city. Chicken wings were a garbage part of the animal, people didn't know what to do with them. Thanks to Buffalo, now chickens don't have enough wings! BUFFALO WINGS FTW - VADERtheIMPALER

I live here food is great... We have great homemade Polish food and Excellent Italian In Niagara Falls... huge little Italy... I suggest Micheals on Pine Ave...

You will never find another city in America that offers this many non chain restaurants and 90% of them are great. With a melting pot of world cultures all in one area you can always find what your taste may be... And no other place on the earth does wings like wny.

dude buffalo who invented HINT buffalo HINT wings! - x1240tony

19 Honolulu Honolulu
20 Miami
21 Detroit, Michigan Detroit, Michigan

Detroit is incredibly underrated when it comes to great food. Some of the best pizza and burgers anywhere. plus a myriad of choices for great ethnic foods!

The land of food trucks, markets, and street food!

Some of the best soul food in the U. S

The Detroit-style Deep Dish Pizza. Michigan has the most regional pizza chains out of any state, with the greats sch as Little Caesar's(World-wide), Jets(Midwest), Guido's(Michigan), Shield's(Michigan), Buschemi's(Michigan), Marconi's(Michigan), Hungry Howie's(Nation-wide), Domino's(World-wide), Cottage Inn(Nation-wide), we have Greektown, Mackinac Island Fudge, Sander's fine chocolates, Hudsonville, Ray's, Stroh's Ice Cream, Cook's Ice Cream, we gave the world cereal, the coney dog, the wet burrito, Saginaw-style steak, Vernor's Ginger Ale, Better-Made chips and popcorn, Germack Pistachios, Faygo sodas, Pinconning Cheese, the Bavarian Inn, and more.

22 San Antonio

Are you kidding? San Antonio has to be in the top 10 AT LEAST. They don't dink around like the other cities and have everything store bought in their restaurants. OH NO! Almost all the restaurants have HOMEMADE *EVERYTHING! *

dallas best place for mex? give me a brake. san antonio has the best mex. and bar B Q - donavanef1

Want Tex-Mex, gotta go here.

Best Mexican food, great food in general.

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23 Memphis

The city has the best BBQ and also has alot of great homecooking resturants.

Are you kidding? No possible way Memphis should be out of top 10 if not top 5

24 St. Louis St. Louis

Obviously the Fritz's chain and the Fandango's chain in St. Louis should bring this to the top of the list! - benhos

25 Pittsburgh

There's actually some nice places to get a bite there.

26 Portland, Maine

Boston, Maryland best seafood? No. Portland is a hidden Jem of restaurants that feature classic & creative new age dishes that compliment the complex flavors of the locally harvested seafood.

I went here a few summers ago they have amazing food choices such as the two fat cats bakery and di millos floating restaurant I personally think its way better than LA granted LA is also probably the ugliest city>

27 Charleston

Tons of seafood restaurants, chains, 5 star restaurants - mjoon

Charleston has to be top 10 seriously

28 Lafayette, Louisiana

best seafood and cajun food you can get. Crawfish is king down here - haharenee1

29 Denver, Colorado Denver, Colorado
30 Evanston, Wyoming
31 Phoenix Phoenix

Phoenix has the likes of the Sanctuary's Executive Chef Beau Macmillan, healthier foods influenced from California (dungeness crab! ), much Mexican, Indian & many ethnic choices. AND Queen Creek Olive Mill (across the street from Schemfs farm with great peach orchard)...

32 Orlando, Florida
33 Savannah, Georgia

Come on wheres atl

34 Providence, Rhode Island

Although great food places aren't plentiful in Providence, the ones that you find in Providence are sure to make you freeze at the first bite and make you think "How does such great food come from such a small place? "

Wikipedia states most restaurants per capita. Federal hill best italian food in the state, located on the west side of providence. One of the countries best culinary schools located right down the road!

Providence has dozens of world class restaurants, and was voted as best in the nation. Fantastic!

35 Charlottesville, VA

SECOND most restruants per person! - Banana

36 Chapel Hill, NC

Great unique restaurants in a small town feel -

37 San Diego San Diego
38 Cleveland

Um... We have Mcdonalds?

Great diversity. Hidden gem of quality ethnic food.

39 Bluebird, OH

Best egg salad on the planet. A salad so delisious you could plotz.

40 Minneapolis

Minneapolis should be top 10. Most people don't know it but Minneapolis was voted the most the food capital of America for 2014. There is a lot of amazing and diverse restaurants there

41 Beverly Hills
42 New Jersey

Ah, yes, the CITY of New Jersey. - JustAnAccount

Boardwalk food for the win!

43 Shrewsbury, MA
44 Battle Creek, Michigan

The cereal city of the world more cereal is made here than any other city in the world, and home of the worlds longest breakfest table!

45 Albuquerque

Super hot spices in almost everything. What's not to love? - PositronWildhawk

46 Douglas, Arizona
47 Victorville, CA

Dude, they have EVERYTHING! From Asian to German, urkane everythin'

48 New Haven, Connecticut

How the heck is this not on here

49 Nashville
50 Atlanta

Doraville has an incredible number of different ethnic eateries!

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