America's Greatest Food Cities

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

The Top Ten

1 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!

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).

You show me the best place to get a burger, hot dog, pizza, BBQ, Italian, Mexican, etc.. from any place in any major city, and I'll show you a hand full of restaurants in Chicago that do it better.

2 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.

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

Has different food from different countries. The food is unique and AWESOME!

3 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.

New Orleans no one does food better

4 San Francisco San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a city in, and 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.

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.

5 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.

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

Meat lovers paradise! Best steak houses and BBQ joints.

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

6 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.

Not as good as NYC, but I would give it the number 2 spot.

7 Houston Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

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.

Extremely diverse, incredibly priced, excellent taste, and huge portions! Houston is also the fattest city in the US, that should tell you something.

8 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.

cheesesteaks, soft pretzles, stromboli, hoagies, pepper pot soup

9 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

The classic breakfast bufeéts

10 Boston Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S.

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

Who doesn't like their lobsta and clam chowda.

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

The Union Oyster and so on... Splendid!

The Contenders

11 Austin, Texas

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

12 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.

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!

13 Honolulu Honolulu is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. It is an unincorporated part of and the county seat of the City and County of Honolulu along the southeast coast of the island of Oʻahu.
14 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?

15 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.

16 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.


17 Albuquerque

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

18 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.

19 Charleston

Tons of seafood restaurants, chains, 5 star restaurants

Charleston has to be top 10 seriously

20 Buffalo Buffalo is the second largest city in the U.S. state of New York and the largest city in Western New York.

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

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!

21 Detroit, Michigan Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located across from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on the Detroit River, Detroit had an estimated population of 672,662 in 2018.

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

Want Tex-Mex, gotta go here.

Best Mexican food, great food in general.

23 Memphis Memphis is a city located along the Mississippi River in southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee, United States.

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 is an independent city and inland port in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is situated along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which marks Missouri's border with Illinois.

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

25 Pittsburgh

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

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