If you’re a foodie, Orlando is the number one place to live or visit, according to WalletHub’s study of the best and worst food cities in America.
Looking for a good meal? Here’s where to find one!
The website compared 150 cities across 21 metrics, including cost of groceries, prevalence of affordable restaurants and the number of food festivals per capita.
While Orlando got the top honors overall, Houston is the best for affordable eats. It placed 39th overall.
‘These wallet-friendly cities cater to foodies who prefer to concoct their own scrumptious creations at home, sample unique flavors of the local gastronomy or both,’ WalletHub said.
Take a look at the top 25 cities for foodies and use the interactive map below to see where your town landed!
- Orlando, FL
- Portland, OR
- Miami, FL
- Tampa, FL
- San Francisco, CA
- Cincinnati, OH
- St. Louis, MO
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Richmond, VA
- Seattle, WA
- Rochester, NY
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Atlanta, GA
- Las Vegas, NV
- Oakland, CA
- Sacramento, CA
- Austin, TX
- Buffalo, NY
- Honolulu, HI
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Scottsdale, AZ
- Denver, CO
- Vancouver, WA
- Minneapolis, MN
Interestingly, while Las Vegas made the top 25, North Las Vegas placed 150th — dead last.
Foodies on a budget! 7 ways to save
The National Restaurant Association reported in 2015 that sales at restaurants surpassed sales at grocery stores for the first time ever, which shows that Americans love going out to eat.
As part of this study, WalletHub asked a handful of experts for their money-saving tips. Here are a few of them!
- Try small ethnic restaurants or food trucks for varied and inexpensive meal options.
- Buy fresh, in-season produce at your local farmers market.
- Visit “mom and pop” restaurants instead of chains.
- Utilize the bulk bin for pantry staples and don’t shy away from frozen foods.
- Check apps like Yelp to see which restaurants are highly-rated.
- Cook at home to save money and prepare meals that are specific to your health needs and preferences.
- Organize a potluck with extended family and friends.