Scottsdale supports local farmers, showcases regional cuisine and provides residents with bountiful opportunities to discover new flavors, textures, cooking techniques and healthy foods.
For this list of cities, editors analyzed data from Esri about how frequently families eat at locally owned restaurants and how much the average resident spends eating out. They also examined the accessibility residents of each city have to healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and quality meat with data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Also taken into account were cities with established farmers markets and restaurants that use locally grown ingredients, as well as critically acclaimed restaurants, successful chefs and winners of James Beard Foundation Awards.
“There's a real foodie renaissance going on in U.S. cities,” says Livability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. “You're seeing that coast to coast, but these cities really stand out as great places to live and eat.”
Scottsdale, Ariz., is a culinary oasis attracting creative chefs who've led the city into a culinary renaissance. While steakhouses and Southwestern cuisine can be found in ample supply, the variety of restaurants in Scottsdale is impressive. From The Mission to Citizen Public House, the city offers a vast choice of restaurants that provide diners with scrumptious meals. Farmers markets and green grocers like Bodega Market provide fresh produce and high-end proteins for home cooks to show off their skills.
Top 10 Foodie Cities, 2014
1. New Haven, CT
2. Scottsdale, AZ
3. Boston, MA
4. Asheville, NC
5. Traverse City, MI
6. Berkeley, CA
7. Boulder, CO
8. Burlington, VT
9. Omaha, NE
10. Washington, D.C.
Photo: Hermosa Inn private dinner