Foodie culture continues to marinate in U.S. cities, along with its various cousins the farm-to-table and craft-beer movements. Many cities are encouraging restaurant districts and boutique eating, and reaping the benefits. With this in mind, Livability.com has named Stamford a Top 10 Best Foodie City, 2015. Stamford strongly supports local farmers, showcases regional cuisine, and provides residents with an innovative and eclectic mix of restaurants and delicious food to eat.
When choosing the best foodie cities, our editors first analyzed Census data to find cities with high concentrations of restaurants and bars. Using data from Esri and other sources, they looked for cities whose residents choose to eat at independent restaurants rather than chains or fast-food establishments. Our editors also looked at access to healthy food and farmers markets, which provide at-home cooks with fresh ingredients. Finally, just because these cities have great food doesn't mean they should be eating it to excess, so we also factored in the adult obesity rate.
Of course, palates are a subjective thing, so our editors also layered in some other factors like James Beard Award winners, Michelin stars and even Yelp reviews. Finally, we used our experience and judgement to narrow the list into the final Top 10.
“You can go on and on about how a strong foodie culture benefits a city economically and leads to more vibrant downtowns,” says Livability editor Matt Carmichael. “But let’s be realistic. It’s really all about having a variety of great food to eat. Who doesn’t want that in their town?”
One of the most beloved places to eat in Stamford is the El Charrito taco truck, which illustrates how this city’s residents rank food quality above atmosphere and ambience. Downtown Stamford features more than 90 restaurants, cafes and food stands, including Brasitas and Stamford Restaurant and Pizzeria. Area farmers markets give home chefs many nutritious and delicious ingredients to experiment with. The city’s population as a whole also manages to keep its obesity rate below the national average, perhaps a testament to the many healthy food options the city offers.
Top 10 Best Foodie Cities, 2015
1. Coral Gables, FL
2. Omaha, NE
3. Pittsburgh, PA
4. Duluth, MN
5. Rockville, MD
6. Bellevue, WA
7. Stamford, CT
8. Tempe, AZ
9. Burlington, VT
10. Walnut Creek, CA