Top 10 foodie cities has released its annual list of the top foodie cities in 2014.

To determine who made the list, editors from the website analyzed data to determine how often families dine out at locally owned restaurants, how much the average resident spends when eating out, accessibility to healthy foods, the establishment of farmers’ markets, the use of locally grown ingredients in restaurants and the prevalence of critically acclaimed restaurants and chefs.

  1. New Haven, Conn.
  2. Scottsdale, Ariz.
  3. Boston
  4. Asheville, N.C.
  5. Traverse City, Mich.
  6. Berkeley, Calif.
  7. Boulder, Colo.
  8. Burlington, Vt.
  9. Omaha, Neb.
  10. Washington, D.C.

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