This City Has Been Voted the Most Exciting Foodie Destination in America

Vespertine | © Jeff Elstone
Vespertine | © Jeff Elstone
Photo of Alex Jordan
Travel Expert9 January 2018

The USA has a new culinary capital, as Los Angeles has been voted the most exciting foodie destination in America.

LA tops the list of 30 destinations according to Google dining app Zagat, winning plaudits for its restaurants, bars, food trucks and pop ups.

With over 140 nationalities living in LA, the city of angels is both a cultural and culinary melting pot. Here’s the full list:

30. Asheville, NC

29. Baltimore, ND

28. Kansas City, MO

27. Portland, ME

26. Lexington, KY

Hickory Run Chicken, roasted half chicken with creamed wild rice with Kentucky Kernel toasted pecans, wild mushrooms and baby black kale | © Honeywood Lexington

25. Richmond, VA

24. Birmingham, AL

23. San Diego, CA

22. Indianapolis, IN

21. Detroit, MI

The Apparatus Room, Detroit | © Joe Vaughn

20. Nashville, TN

19. Miami, FL

18. Minneapolis, MN

17. St. Louis, MO

16. Dallas—Fort Worth, TX

Sachet | © Brad Murano

15. New York City

14. Boston, MA

13. Houston, TX

12. Raleigh, NC

11. Philadelphia, PA

Palizzi | © Jason Varney

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10. San Francisco, CA

9. Atlanta, GA

8. New Orleans, LA

© Turkey and the Wolf

7. Charlestown, SC

6. Washington, DC

Into the top five and just some of the restaurants you can’t afford to miss when in town.

5. Seattle, WA

Be sure to visit Southern restaurant JuneBaby and farm-to-table steakhouse Bateau, not to mention Aelder and Hogstone on stunning Orcas Island.

JuneBaby | © Senay777/Instagram

4. Denver, CO

For spectacular views head to penthouse tapas bar El Five, Punch Bowl Social in the control tower of former Stapleton Airport and 20th floor rooftop bar 54thirty. There’s also American eatery Hearth & Dram and Italian restaurant Tavernetta to enjoy.

3. Chicago, IL

Dine around the world in Chicago including stylish global diner Proxi, Vietnamese eatery HaiSous and Mexican small plates and cocktails bar Mi Tocaya Antojeria. There’s also art deco American diner Somerset and French eatery Petit Margeaux.

Somerset | © Anthony Tahlier

2. Austin, TX

There are too many exciting eateries to mention but start with Texan-style Japanese skewers at Kemuri Tatsu-ya, seasonal bistro June’s, farm-to-table New American recipes at Odd Duck and Barley Swine, downtown French brasserie Le Politique and Yuyo for upscale Peruvian cuisine.

1. Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles takes top spot and looks set for an exciting 2018 thanks to restaurants including Italian Rossoblu, high concept fare Vespertine, seasonal American eatery Scratch Bar & Kitchen, Mediterranean diner Kismet and Hollywood’s The Hearth and Hound.

Vespertine | © Jeff Elstone

So there you have it. Los Angeles is the foodie destination to watch in 2018!

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