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America's Favorite Food Cities


The most intriguing findings from Food & Wine's first-annual, quasi-scientific, potentially controversial online survey about America's best food destinations.


Top Picks

New York has the best chefs in the country, say the voters in our America's Favorite Food Cities poll.


  • Manhattan


    • Marcus Samuelsson
      Red Rooster

    • Cesare Casella
      Salumeria Rosi

    • Bill Telepan
      Telepan

    • Jonathan Benno
      Lincoln Ristorante

    • Daniel Boulud
      Daniel

    • Jean-Georges Vongerichten
      Jean-Georges

    • Masayoshi Takayama
      Masa

    • Michael White
      Marea

    • Lidia Bastianich
      Felidia

    • Thomas Keller
      Per Se

    • Bryce Shuman
      Betony

    • Hooni Kim
      Danji

    • Eric Ripert
      Le Bernardin

    • Alex Guarnaschelli
      Butter

    • Geoffrey Zakarian
      The Lambs Club

    • James Kent
      The NoMad

    Brooklyn & Queens


    • Hugue Dufour
      M. Wells Steakhouse

    • Daniel Burns
      Luksus

    • Sean Rembold
      Reynard

    • Paul Liebrandt
      The Elm

    • Ken Wiss
      Diner

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6 Seattle Coffee Shops That'll Give You Your Fix

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Best Cheap Eats

What You Can Buy for $20 in Portland, ME

Kate Christensen, author of the memoir Blue Plate Special, shares what to eat in Portland, ME for less than $20.

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What You Can Buy for $20 in Chicago

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What You Can Buy for $20 in Louisville

Julian Van Winkle III, President of Old Rip Van Winkle distillery, founded by his grandfather "Pappy", tells us what $20 buys in Louisville, Kentucky.

Quiz Are You a Pretentious Foodie
Quiz

Are You a Pretentious Foodie

New York won the dubious "Most-Pretentious Foodies" honor in our America's Favorite Food Cities poll. But they lurk everywhere. Are you one?

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