30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America


Zagat have released their list of the 30 most exciting food cities across the America for 2017, with Los Angeles taking the top spot.

This is the first time the west coast Californian city has been named most exciting food city by Zagat, climbing up from second place last year.

L.A. has seen a number of restaurant openings this year, including cronut king Dominique Ansel’s 189 restaurant and Johanthan Gold’s top choice, the new avant-garde restaurant Vespertine. It's also attracting some big east coast names, like Daniel Humm and Will Guidara with Nomad Hotel Restaurant, Enrique Olvera’s Cosme and Momofuku's David Chang.

Austin, Texas was named second, while Chicago came third. The windy city was also noticed by Bon Appetit as the best restaurant city 2017.

Meanwhile, last year’s winning city Washington, fell back into 6th postion and culinary epicentre New York appeared at 15, sandwiched between Boston and Dallas.

The list of cities is formed by "the number of exciting new openings, award recognition and national media attention" guided by local food media on the most exciting locales.

Here are the top 10. Visit Zagat, for the entire list.

1. Los Angeles, CA
2. Austin, TX
3. Chicago, IL
4. Denver, CO
5. Seattle, WA
6. Washington, DC
7. Charleston, SC
8 New Orleans, LA
9 Atlanta, GA
10. San Francisco, CA