2022's Best Foodie Cities in America

By Adam McCann
October 21, 2022
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Americans today apply the term “foodie” to anyone who loves gourmet dining. But foodie culture isn’t limited to restaurants. Foodies enjoy discovering new and unique flavors wherever they can find them, including in their own kitchens and less prominent establishments like street food stalls. For these people, the experience of eating is elevated to a hobby or even a lifestyle.

Naturally, being a foodie can be quite expensive, especially during the heavy inflation of 2022. Restaurant prices rose 8% just between August 2021 and August 2022. Even cooking your own gourmet meals can be pricy, as grocery store prices rose 8.3% between August 2021 and August 2022.

Fortunately, culinary hotspots across the U.S. offer plenty of affordable options for cash-strapped foodies. These wallet-friendly cities cater to diners who prefer to cook at home, explore the local flavors or both. To determine the best and cheapest foodie scenes, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 29 key indicators of foodie-friendliness.

Here are the Top 5:

5. Austin, Texas

JewBoy Restaurant - Austin, TX
JewBoy Restaurant - Austin, TX - Courtesy of jewboyburgers.com

4. San Francisco, California

Ferry Building, San Francisco - Andreykr/Dreamstime

3. Miami, Florida

27 Restaurant
27 Restaurant, Miami, Florida - Courtesy of Justin Namon

2. Orlando, Florida

The Monroe - Orlando, Florida
The Monroe - Courtesy of themonroeorlando.com

1. Portland, Oregon

Jacqueline Bar Portland
Jacqueline Bar Portland - Courtesy of Maya Stanton

To see the full list and the methodology click here.

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