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Sep 8, 2013 09:55 PM

Worst U.S. Cities For Food Enthusiasts

1. San Bernardino, CA
2. Garland, TX
3. North Las Vegas, NV
4. El Paso, TX
5. Laredo, TX
6. Fort Worth, TX
7. St. Petersburg, FL
8. Corpus Christi, TX
9. Detroit, MI
10. Chesapeake, VA

Gotta agree with San Bernadino but I have never been to the other cities that made the list.


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  1. Looks like Texas has really been messed with.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      A state that large and vast, no wonder! At least it has Austin and Houston for food lovers.

    2. By my definition, the only cities I see are Fort Worth and Detroit. The rest may have the population, but not the pedigree.

      And Detroit is getting closer and closer to dog pound Tramp.

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      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

        I'm not sure what you mean by "dog pound Tramp" but don't believe everything you hear or read about Detroit. Lots of thriving artisan and high-end eateries downtown and in the surrounding areas. Eat It Detroit has a great article exposing the doofus who wrote the Eater article.

        1. re: charlesbois

          "Lady and the Tramp" You live this close to the Mouse and it becomes part of your genetic code.

          1. re: charlesbois

            Yes, I spent some time in Detroit and surrounding areas this summer and had several great meals. Brought back a sack of delicious Michigan peaches too.

            1. re: charlesbois

              Can you provide a link to that post? I looked for it, but all I could find was EID explaining why they weren't interested in the Eater Detroit gig. (Also a worthwhile read, btw.)

              Been meaning to do a long food/drink weekend in Detroit for a while now...this has just lit the fire under my ass to make it happen that much sooner.

              1. re: Wahooty

                My mistake, it was in Crain's Detroit. EID just linked to it on their FB page.


          2. Like most of these contrived lists, the results are debatable. For the most part, the list appears to be the complement to places that are demographically young, have a large affluent segment in the population, and are "destinations". I can't argue with the Texas choices; Garland will always be the home of prime beef cooked well-done for me. But I wonder how many of the yelps are from people who were looking for sushi in Laredo or oysters in Detroit?

            And how did Chesapeake get on the list? Is the more than 1:100 who could tell you where it is?

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            1. re: akachochin

              I agree. having lived in Vegas for 10+ years pointing out North Las Vegas is pointing out a suburb of a large city where if you drive for 10+ mins your on Freemont Street, the strip or any other great food populated area. Eater is the TMZ of food news IMO.

            2. I almost spit my breakfast out from laughing. I recently ended a 4 year stint in Ft. Worth and found the food scene atrocious. It was only my opinion, but I see that others feel the same way.

              1. Yikes, after reviewing their methodology for coming up with this list, I'd say it is suspect. I've had some pretty good meals in several of those locations listed.


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                1. re: tcamp

                  I think most list of cities type things are suspect. I recently read a list of best cities in the US to retire, and most of the listed places would drive any retiree I know to go stark raving mad.
                  But the lists are great for entertainment and chat :)

                  I do stand by my Ft. Worth opinion, though. A good meal could be had in Dallas, but that could be quite a hike. And in traffic, not even worth it.

                  1. re: alliegator

                    Was the "Best Cities to Retire" list in an AARP article? It was laugh-out loud ridiculous; only listing East Coast cities and/or expensive places (SF.)

                    1. re: globocity

                      No, I don't remember, it was quite some time ago. This list was mostly made up of tiny towns in the south and Midwest with low living costs, but probably limited services for seniors. And SF for retirement? That's certainly ambitios!