10 best cities for foodies

The term "foodie" — a person keenly interested in food, especially in eating or cooking, according to Dictionary.com — was only coined in the 1980s, and today being a foodie is a perfectly respectable hobby. For those who follow their taste buds around the globe, U.S. News Travel has put together a list of the top 10 cities for foodies.

Text by Emily H. Bratcher | Photo editing by Mike Hipple

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Mar 17, 2013 2:47PM
Not a bad selection of cities.  Personally, I would move Paris up a few notches and add Roma maybe in place of Sydney (in all fairness, I have not been there since 2000).  Including New Orleans shows you know what you are doing.
Mar 7, 2013 4:02PM

I'd put Houston, TX up against any of these cities!


Feb 22, 2013 12:56AM
This article is a joke.  The exaltation of New York and San Francisco shows the Bi-Coastal bias of the writers and how much they don't know about real chefs and really creative cooking.  Chicago beats those two cities hands down--just ask people who really know about food.  And while I love New Orleans' food, it just isn't that novel in terms of driving repeat business.  Sorry guys, buy you missed the boat entirely with this list.  And not to put either Rome or Florence on this list, while including an unpalatable cuisine like Australia's boggles the mind as well.  Who wouldn't rather have a great Tuscan dish rather than Vegamite!!!
Feb 20, 2013 9:17PM
Feb 5, 2013 11:02AM

How to identify people who don't know what they are talking about: They mention "foodie" and "Australia" and then pick Sydney over Melbourne.

It may be true that the top few restaurants in Australia are in Sydney; but, the next dozen or so are in Melbourne. That's why, of all the "15" restaurants that Jamie Oliver opened, his biggest fear was the one in Melbourne, because the food standard and knowledge is so very high.

If you're going to shoot for food in Oz ... hit Melbourne or you'll miss out.

Feb 5, 2013 10:08AM
New Orleans, more restaurants open now than before Katrina. Best food in the world, come on down!!!
Feb 5, 2013 9:44AM
I have never had a bad meal in paris. Even eating off the street is good.
Feb 5, 2013 9:38AM
Well considering this list was written by a 'foodie' I am not surprised at the list itself.  I am glad that Buenos Aires made the list, and deservedly so, however considering the other pics by the person who wrote this atrocious piece I am startled it made the list.  This list is nothing new.  A ten year old could name these cities as gastronomic centers, and do the little research this person did.  This writer did a great disservice to true epicureans however.  There are many places that could and should have been highlighted.  Some of the great places in the U.S. for food that were missed were Seattle, Napa Valley, Las Vegas, Dallas, because of all the politicians and foreign dignitaries that come through D.C. is very underestimated but superb, and you can pick any small coastal town in SE Maine such as Kennebunkport or Ogunquit.  Then when you are talking about international cuisine, you miss places like Lima, Peru; Marrakesh, Moracco; Genoa or Florence, Italy; Mumbai, India; Pattaya or Chang Mai, Thailand...  I could go on an on.  The point is the person who wrote this wasted their time and anyone who read this by not actually putting an ounce of effort or thought into this at all.  Which is why I refrained from calling this person an author or blogger, because both are more passionate about what they write.
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