The best city in America for foodniks? According to the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, which just released its 2011 roster of the best American cities for "foodies," New Orleans is the best city in the country to feed your gullet.
The magazine, which unleashes its America's Favorite Cities survey every year, asks readers to weigh in on everything from the best big-name restaurants to farmers' markets to neighborhood cafes to ethnic cuisine.
How did Denver's dining landscape stack up?
Not bad, as it turns out.
In the big-name restaurants category, Denver came in twelfth; the city ranked fourteenth in the ethnic cuisine category, twelfth when it came to best farmers' markets and fourteenth in the neighborhood cafes category. A total of 35 major metropolitan cities were surveyed, which means that Travel + Leisure readers ranked Denver in the top half across the board. And, when it came to ranking the best overall cities for foodophiles, of which there were twenty, the Mile High City peaked thirteenth, smack dab between Los Angeles, which ranked twelfth and San Diego, which came in fourteenth.
Travel + Leisure scribe Katrina Brown Hunt flattered Euclid Hall, the Cheeky Monk, Manna from Heaven and the Big Fat Cupcake Truck in her Denver shout-out:
No. 13 Denver
Wine snobs, keep heading west. In keeping with its second-place survey ranking for microbrews, Denver has cultivated a number of beer-centric restaurants--such as Euclid Hall and Cheeky Monk--where the menu is geared toward the appropriate pairings with craft beers. Food trucks have also multiplied here, with options such as Manna from Heaven and the all-too-tempting Big Fat Cupcake Truck. Luckily, the walkable city makes it easy to burn off the calories afterward.
The full list of cities is below.
America's Best Cities for Foodies
1. New Orleans 2. San Francisco 3. Providence, Rhode Island 4. New York 5. Chicago 6. Portland, Oregon 7. Seattle 8. Savannah, Georgia 9. Charleston, South Carolina 10. San Antonio, Texas 11. Honolulu 12. Los Angeles 13. Denver, Colorado 14. San Diego 15. Austin, Texas 16. Nashville, Tennessee 17. Kansas City, Missouri 18. Washington, DC 19. Minneapolis/St. Paul 20. San Juan, Puerto Rico
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