Amarillo Ranks High As Foodie City
What does it mean when we say "foodie?" Most the time we associate that with a person who loves gourmet dining. According to experts, a foodie is not only someone who craves new and different flavors, but someone who also takes in every aspect of the meal - eating, learning, and discovering new food. When it comes to being a foodie city, Amarillo ranks 61 in the country out of 182 cities.
According to WalletHub.com, in 2015, Americans spent more money dining with food establishments than at the grocery store. This is the first time we have seen this shift from the grocery store to the restaurant. While we associate eating at home versus a restaurant as the cheaper option, that's not always the case. There are plenty of affordable culinary options across the country. WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 30 key indicators of foodie-friendliness. Their data set ranges from cost of groceries to affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita.
Amarillo ranks #16 in the study when it comes to affordability. This metric looked at such things as restaurant taxes, grocery costs, beer and wine prices, and restaurant meal costs. San Antonio ranks at the most affordable foodie town in the survey. Where Amarillo loses ranking is in diversity, accessibility, and quality. There we came in at 105. There were many more factors in this category such as restaurants per capita, full-service versus fast-food restaurants, food freshness, coffee and tea shops, access to healthy options, and food trucks just to name some. The top city for diversity, accessibility, and quality, is New York City.
Next time you go out, take an extra look around at your restaurant options. We may not be at the top of the list, but we still rank pretty high overall with great options here in the panhandle.