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Poll: Thinking of moving

I'm doing a lot of research on cities I would like to relocate to and I'm wondering which of these cities wins the food category?? We like a wide variety of cuisines and I would love to live in a city that has a great variety of delicious foods. The cities that we are considering are:

Albuquerque, NM
Santa Fe, NM
Flagstaff, AZ
Denver, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
Portland, OR
Kansas City, MO
Austin, TX

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    1. i don't see charleston, sc on that list. ;-)).

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      1. re: alkapal

        Yeah, what's up with no Charleston? lol. I've lived lots of places and never ate better than I did there! The hardest part was keeping myself in decent enough shape to go to the beach without a big food belly!
        How nice that the OP gets to chose where that want to live, I'm at that stage in life where the location kind of choses me. Earthtokarmen, best of luck deciding!

        1. re: alkapal

          I don't see SF, Paris or Hong Kong either. But that's not the question.

            1. re: alkapal

              somebody had a bad yesterday.......twice

              1. re: fourunder

                perhaps you are right......
                ha ha, when do chowhounds ever answer THE question? usually...but...sometimes we try to have some fun.

                sorry to peterL.

                1. re: fourunder

                  Agreed that it wasn't the question. Anytime I see Charleston, I have to promote--I just loved it that much :D And hey, maybe that list of cities is not totally firmed up yet. Ya never really know...

          1. On your list, I've only been to Austin, and I found it to be pretty good. I have a friend who recently visited Portland, OR and he said it was great. With my limited knowledge of the other cities on your list, I would say Kansas City if you like BBQ or Beef. any of the others if you like SoutWestern-Tex-Mex fare.

            Charleston is a great food town as the others have mentioned.

            1. I'd have to eliminate all your smaller towns and Albq/SF first. That leaves KC, Portland and Denver + Austin, but you're in SA so you have some idea. That leaves Denver, KC, and Portland, so that begs a question as to what you mean by wide variety. Historic or new? Beard nominees or street food? All 3 have a thriving food culture. Portland would be the most different from SA, where I see you're from. KC it seems you've been to.
              Give us the next clue.

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              1. re: bbqboy

                I love Mexican food in San Antonio but I don't find the variety that I am looking for.
                I used to live in Kansas City and love all of the little restaurants that are sprinkled throughout and LOVE Kansas City BBQ but I wouldn't expect to find that anywhere else :D

                1. re: cookingasshole

                  One thing that would hold me back from choosing Portland.....the amount of rain they receive annually.

                  1. re: fourunder

                    There is actually not that much rain in inches. It is just gray and misty most of the year. Downpours are uncommon.

                    1. re: cookingasshole

                      I went to college in Tucson, where they say there is 300 days of sunshine a year.......a friend, who originated from Portland, laughed when I told her that.....she said it rained in Portland 300 days a year...:)

                      1. re: fourunder

                        we definitely earn our two months of summer! After a while you get used to it.

                        1. re: fourunder

                          at least 300 days of sunshine. Lately it seems like 350. Not that I don't love it but we all get to wishing for a couple of weeks of solid, soaking rain.

                          1. re: EWSflash

                            The sun started to drive me crazy during my 4 years in Phoenix. Praying for rain isn't just a saying down there. :)

                        2. re: cookingasshole

                          I worry about the rain also, I like a lot of outdoors activities and I'm worried that Portland would be too damp for hiking and such but it sounds like you don't think its that way?

                            1. re: cookingasshole

                              Yes the culture in Portland is very outdoors, you almost feel guilty staying inside.

                              And to paraphrase a quote from a recent article I read There is no bad weather only bad clothes. It was a People Magazine article about a total outdoors kindergarten/preschool, I think on Vachon Island off of Seattle.