Best Foodie Cities in the United States

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Food is such an important part of our daily lives. We obviously need it to grow strong and survive, but through time food has developed into an art form for most of us. People from all over have forged their own style of cuisine that speaks volumes about their own individual culture. Once man learned how to travel, the food followed. Now you will find cuisine from all over the world right here in the United States. It is one of the most important aspects in understanding one’s culture, so it would be appropriate to know the best foodie cities in the United States.

Let’s dive right in!


New York City

Being one of the first places that many immigrants from Europe had traveled to, New York City has a lot of different cultural foods that have left their mark. This makes New York City one of the most diverse cities ever when it comes to cuisine. Imagine walking down a block and finding a Chinese ramen shop, a Brazilian steakhouse, and an American pizza joint right next to each other. The options are endless! The best part is, there are many more blocks to explore with options ranging from low to high end hidden gems. Let the diversity take over you and take on a new style of food. You will not regret it!

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Food in the Big City!

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An amazing place for pizza is the world famous Little Italy Pizza. This little pizzeria is tiny yet it’s thin and crispy pizzas are to die for. Service is amazing and prices are great too! Fancy something for breakfast, why not seek out Pershing Square.

Los Angeles

When you think of Los Angeles, the first thing that may come to mind is trendy fashion, youthful souls, and hit movies. Hopefully, it doesn’t come as a surprise to you that the food makes the list also. Los Angeles is arguably one of the best cities to find accessible and unique food. Most of the time, it takes a little searching for it. All you really have to do is ask around and get directions from locals for where the best food spots are. This will turn into an adventure that will lead you to some of the best cuisine you can find!

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Street Tacos in Los Angeles

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San Francisco

California makes this list twice. This should not surprise anyone. Though in the same state, San Francisco brings more of a fresh and healthy dining vibe. Here you can find some of the finest Michelin star restaurants. Locals and tourists love the Ferry Building Market. The architecture is incredible and is reflective of the food inside. Just keep in mind, it can cost a pretty penny for the food here. However, if you take the time to do some searching you can find deals in some of the top food districts.

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Pancakes at Ananda Fuara Restaurant, San Francisco

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You can also find some of the best Chinese food here in Chinatown. Chinese culture breathes through the streets, ranging from herbalists to bakeries. This is one of the best ways to surround yourself with a new lifestyle.


Heading back towards the East, you will find one of the messier yet traditional cities to eat. Philadelphia is known primarily for its delicious philly cheesesteaks. The best part is that Philadelphia is just as passionate about all its other kinds of food as it is about the cheesesteaks. Foods such as their soft pretzels and pulled pork pairs well with one widely adapted rule. BYOB. Yes, “bring your own beer” is accepted at most of the beloved food outlets. Be warned, you might have a better time eating food here than most of the other cities. You might even leave an Eagles fan.

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Philly Cheesesteak from Pat’s King of Steaks, Philadelphia

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Travelling over to the edge of Michigan Lake, Chicago resides waiting for you to explore the glorious food options. Steaming through the city is a mad variety of cuisine options. However, three foods rule this area. Deep dish pizza, Chicago style hot dogs, and Italian beef. What makes Chicago so unique is that you can enjoy fine dining while overlooking the river or go to the food stand located just outside of that fine dining spot and still have a unique and wonderful food experience.

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Lo-Carb Chicago Dog

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Also located in Chicago is one of the most innovative fine dining restaurants on the planet. This restaurant, Alinea, takes what you know about food and flips it upside down. For example, you will think you are eating what appears to be an orange, but come to find out that it tastes like an apple. This is called molecular gastronomy. You will understand it better once you eat one of their edible balloons. Truly a one of a kind experience worth anyone’s while.

New Orleans

New Orleans is filled to the brim with delicious southern food. Some people go as far as to say that the food is life changing. Some of these delicious Cajun foods consist of gumbo, jambalaya, and po’boys. These foods are considered soul food. A great way to really experience New Orleans is to join one of its many food festivals. Those who are fans of seafood swear by the Louisiana Seafood Festival. You can expect to leave with a full stomach and a happy soul!

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Chargrilled Oysters at Acme Oyster House, New Orleans

There are many other cities riddled throughout the United states that will make great runner ups. However, these are the reigning champs, perfect for anyone looking to travel the U.S. and get a culturally rich, fantastic, food experience. Just try not to get too full. The food can be very persuasive to the senses.

We hope you enjoyed reading our Best Foodie Cities in the Unites States and hope it’s given you some ideas and inspiration for when you’re nearby and hunger strikes! If you have a suggestion then please let us know by emailing


Author: Food Blogs

Co-Founder and Blogger at Alan likes nothing better than a hot home cooked dinner! You can find him whizzing downhill on his mountain bike or listening to music on his Ipod.

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