Grand Rapids ranks 17th among ‘Best Foodie Cities’ in US

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A new report ranks Grand Rapids among the top 20 cities in America for foodies.

The personal finance website WalletHub on Monday, Oct. 4, released its report on 2021’s Best Foodie Cities in America, and Grand Rapids was ranked at No. 17.

“Americans today apply the term ‘foodie’ to anyone who loves gourmet dining. But foodie culture isn’t limited to restaurants,” Adam McCann wrote in the report. “…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 local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared 182 of the largest U.S. cities across 29 key metrics. The data set included cost of groceries, affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants, food festivals per capita, and craft breweries and wineries per capita.

The foodie friendliness metrics on which Grand Rapids scored, with 1 being the best and 91 the average rating, included the following:

  • Average beer and wine price: 10th place
  • Restaurants per capita: 62nd
  • Affordability and accessibility of highly rated restaurants: 82nd
  • Gourmet specialty food stores per capita: 40th
  • Craft breweries and wineries per capita: 16th
  • Coffee and tea shops per capita: 41st
  • Number of grocery stores per capita: 62nd
  • Percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated: 91st

Top 10 U.S. foodie cities

  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. Orlando, Florida
  3. Miami, Florida
  4. San Francisco, California
  5. Austin, Texas
  6. Sacramento, California
  7. Denver, Colorado
  8. Las Vegas, Nevada
  9. Seattle, Washington
  10. Tampa, Florida

Bottom 10 U.S. foodie cities

  1. Grand Prairie, Texas
  2. Nampa, Idaho
  3. Ontario, California
  4. Augusta, Georgia
  5. Juneau, Alaska
  6. Shreveport, Louisiana
  7. Jackson, Mississippi
  8. Montgomery, Alabama
  9. Moreno Valley, California
  10. Pearl City, Hawaii

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