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what's the best northeast corridor city for food (outside of NY)?

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I am looking for jobs. Let's pretend I can choose the city based on the availability of ethnic foods and great grocery shopping. Which is the best city in the mid-Atlantic/Northeast?

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  1. Philadelpha. Aside from the alcohol issues with PA, certainly the best food place other than New York IMO. Actually better in some ways (Reading Terminal, Monks Cafe, etc).

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    1. re: Pedr0

      this at the top of my list. can you tell me more?

      1. re: fara

        http://www.readingterminalmarket.org
        http://www.phillyitalianmarket.com/ma...

        ^ Nothing in NYC, Boston or Washington quite like either of those. Philadelphia is a great underrated town aside from the food stuff too.

    2. I second Philly. I'll throw in Boston as well. I'm also going to say the slew of cities in New Jersey. Specifically, Newark to Hoboken. Between the two they run the length of NYC proper, and they certainly have every ethnic food and grocery shopping I can think of. Maybe more so than NYC.

      1. Here's one that'll surprise you....Portland, Maine!

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        1. re: rizzo0904

          I wanted to say Portland, Maine, but held back. What ethnic groceries and restaurants are there? And I ask this in all sincerity. I know of the sushi place which gets raves, and certainly the seafood and a few hipster places which aren't so bad. Most of all, the few hidden locally sourced places in the interior. However, I've been under the impression that Portland is pretty seasonal and doesn't have a variety of heritage going around except for Mexicans. If I'm wrong, I'd love to know where to go.

          1. re: David11238

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/644227

            That's one of many Portland threads. Great city, lots to do nearby, great food.

        2. Washington DC, especially the suburbs. Ethiopian in DC, Chinese in Rockville, MD, Vietnamese in Falls Church, VA, Korean in Annandale and Centreville, VA. Great, HUGE new Asian markets (Lotte, Super H, Grand Mart, Hanaro, etc.), and major expansion of Wegmans supermarkets. It really is heaven.

          1. Providence, RI. Just named by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the top ten most underated cities in the world! "A renewed waterfront, vibrant arts scene, and sophisticated dining have turned this small college town into New England's most exciting city."

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            1. re: escondido123

              I was going to say Providence or Philly. Both have uhhhmazing eats.