Happy World Food Day! Here Are the Best Cities for Foodies on a Budget

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Happy World Food Day! We love any excuse to get together and eat good food, so we’re pretty stoked this holiday exists.

Eating well on a budget, however, can be tough. If you’re a true foodie, gourmet groceries and nice dinners out can quickly gobble up your discretionary funds.

The cost of eating well varies greatly depending on where you live — so to help you find cities that appease both your wallet and your stomach, WalletHub recently released the best and worst food cities for foodies on a budget.

Where Should Food Lovers Live?

To come up with the rankings, WalletHub analyzed the affordability (factors like the cost of groceries and alcohol, and the prevalence of affordable and well-rated restaurants) and diversity, accessibility and quality (factors like number of restaurants, farmers markets and coffee shops per capita) of the 150 biggest American cities.

Based on those factors, the best cities for people who want to eat amazing food at affordable prices are:

  1. Portland
  2. Orlando
  3. San Francisco
  4. Oakland
  5. Seattle

Don’t live on the West Coast? Don’t be too jealous of their dominant positions on the list; you’re lucky when it comes to prices. Indianapolis and Omaha have the cheapest wine and beer, while four cities in Texas topped the cheapest groceries list.

Not to mention, these cities also fared well:

  1. Cincinnati
  2. Rochester
  3. Pittsburgh
  4. St. Louis
  5. Madison

For the full list of best and worst food cities, visit WalletHub.

Your Turn: Are you a foodie? Do you have good options in your city?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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