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Orlando Ranked Best Foodie City in America

Orlando, Florida
  • A recent study ranks Orlando, Florida, as the best U.S. city for foodies.
  • Orlando topped several measures, including most Restaurants per Capita.
  • The Orlando area boasts 46 Michelin restaurants.

The personal-finance site WalletHub recently released a study evaluating 182 U.S. cities on their foodie-friendliness.

And the winner is:  Orlando, Florida.

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I have visited Orlando many times — from my first visit to Walt Disney World as a little girl to a fabulous food-travel bloggers’ conference before lockdown.  But my favorite trip was the one when my maternal grand-mother took the whole family — 26 of us — to Orlando for a week.  We loved exploring the different cuisines at EPCOT — and especially enjoyed Moroccan food at Restaurant Marrakesh.

Foodie culture and I (I hope) have both matured since then.  Mark Meng, Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the School of Business at  Indiana University Kokomo, cites three factors important to foodie cities:

Orlando scored high across a range of factors in the study.

The central Florida city tied for the most Gourmet Food-Specialty Stores per Capita, along with St. Louis, Missouri; Honolulu, Hawaii, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Orlando tied for the most Coffee Shops per Capita, with Salt Lake City, Utah; Richmond, Virginia; Spokane, Washington, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The City Beautiful tied for the most Ice-Cream and Frozen-Yogurt Shops per Capita, with Las Vegas, Nevada; Miami, Florida; Tampa, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas.

And Orlando tied for the most Restaurants per Capita, with Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, California, and Los Angeles, California.

The Orlando area boasts 46 Michelin restaurants:


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Bon appetit!  

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