LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The nation’s capital is one of America’s top foodie cities, according to a new study.
Washington, D.C., is listed 10th in Livability.com’s 2014 Top 10 Foodie City rankings.
“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.”
The rankings are based off how frequently families eat at locally-owned restaurants; how much money the average person spends eating out; access to healthy food options (such as fruits, vegetables, and quality meat); number of farmers markets; number of restaurants; and James Beard Foundation Award winners.
“[D.C.] residents embrace restaurants and take pride in knowing where their food comes from,” the rankings state.
Here’s what else Livability had to say for the reasons behind D.C.’s ranking:
Washington, D.C.’s food scene has transformed from a place known for its power lunches to a four-course foodie destination. Each area restaurant, including Golden Brown Delicious, Founding Farmers and Rose’s Luxury, offers diners a truly unique food experience. The city also offers a view into food history with Food: Transforming the American Table, an ongoing exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History that showcases innovations, technologies and cultural shifts that changed the way we ate.
Top 10 Foodie Cities, 2014
1. New Haven, Conn.
2. Scottsdale, Ariz.
3. Boston, Mass.
4. Asheville, N.C.
5. Traverse City, Mich.
6. Berkeley, Calif.
7. Boulder, Colo.
8. Burlington, Vt.
9. Omaha, Neb.
10. Washington, D.C.