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Yelp Names Top US Destinations for Food Lovers



Punxsutawney Phil couldn’t find his shadow this year, which means one thing – the countdown to spring and spring travel is on! Because we’re passionate about food and we know you are too, we’ve gathered a list of the top US destinations for food lovers to help inspire your next getaway!

In order to rank the best places for foodies, our Data Science team looked at a number of different factors. Yelp’s data science team compared cities’ new restaurants, looking at ratings, reviews, cuisine diversity and percentage of food photos, to reveal where Yelpers love to eat right now. If your stomach has a say in your travel plans, this list is for you.

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1.  San Francisco, CA

San Francisco grabbed the top spot as the best destination for foodies. From Michelin-starred restaurants like Liholiho Yacht Club to Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, there’s virtually no cuisine travellers can’t find in the City by the Bay.

2. St. Louis, MO

This Midwest hot spot holds a wealth of to-die-for eateries. From the s’mores french toast at Half and Half and the gaucho steak at Olive + Oak, the Gateway City’s food scene has something to offer for every meal.

3. Honolulu, HI

Being located on a tropical island, Honolulu is one of the best places in the country for fresh fruits and even fresher seafood. Don’t miss trying poke, a Hawaiian mainstay. Yelpers love TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie, Odori-ko and  Ka’Ilkena.

4. Plano, TX

This North Texas city is way more than just barbecue. If you’re looking for the perfect food weekend, make sure to add breakfast at First Watch and the Lomo Saltado at Lima Taverna to your list.

5. San Diego, CA

San Diego may be known as America’s Finest City but it’s also home to top-notch restaurants. Try the pork belly benedict at Werewolf (a top spot for reservations!), the kimchi dumpling hot soup at TastyPot or the hot chicken at Common Stock.

6. Las Vegas, NV

Everyone knows about the celebrity chef restaurants on the Strip, like Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen but the Vegas food scene extends far beyond the tourist area. Visit Weera Thai on the Westside for a one of a kind culinary experience.

7. Richmond, VA

Virginia is for lovers… food lovers that is. Richmond’s growing culinary scene is home to local favorites like Sedona Taphouse,  Billy Jack’s Shack and Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint.

8. Pittsburgh, PA

Climbing the culinary charts, Pittsburgh is home to hot spots like Bigham Tavern and täkō. The Steel City’s unique blend of cuisines could be attributed to its ideal location straddling both the East and Midwest.

9. Baltimore, MD

Forget the crab cakes and Old Bay seasoning. The Charm City offers an array of dining spots, from casual pubs to award-winning chefs to food halls. Be sure to try the sweet potato polenta at Water for Chocolate and the buffalo mushroom wrap at Annabel Lee Tavern.

10. Austin, TX

Austin is a treasure trove of food trucks, trendy foodie spots and some of the best barbecue in Texas. Yelpers love Bouldin Creek Cafe, Phoebe’s Diner and Citizen Eatery.

Don’t see your city on our list? Tag @ Yelp on social media and tell us why your city should be on next year’s list!

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