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Old 07-03-2008, 11:22 AM
 
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Food & Wine has recently selected the 10 best restaurant cities in the world and two US cities (New York & Chicago) made the cut. In my opinion, San Francisco should be right there along with NYC & CHI.


Which is the most exciting restaurant city in the world right now? Hint: Itís not Paris, and itís not New York.... Itís Tokyo, hands-down, thanks to the cityís ultra-diverse, thrillingly dynamic food scene.

1. Tokyo
2. Paris
3. New York City
4. London
5. Barcelona
6. Sydney
7. Madrid
8. Chicago
9. Stockholm
10. Vancouver, Canada

10 Best Restaurant Cities | Food & Wine
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:49 AM
 
Location: west Omaha
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Vancouver should be commended for being listed among this 'who's who' of the world's cities (which I guess you'd expect to feature the finest dining... by virtue of numbers alone).

My only question is... where is Omaha ???

(no please... don't answer that... I'm trying to lighten things up a little!)
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:00 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Wow, no Italian cities? Some of the best food experiences I ever had were in Florence, Venice and Rome.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Wow, no Italian cities? Some of the best food experiences I ever had were in Florence, Venice and Rome.
Its probably because they focus on too much of one thing, in Italy's case: pasta. Same could be said for Mexico City and tacos, etc. While Italy does pasta best, and Mexico City might do burritos best, you cant walk into Tuscany and find a Thai restaurant, ya know? Its quality and quantity in this case, and places like NYC, Chicago, etc, dont have one set cuisine that eveyrthing revolves around. You can get Ehtiopian, Thai, Mexican, American, Brazilian, etc, etc, and those restaurants are well represented and the food is prepared/cooked by some of the best in the industry. See where Im coming from?
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:17 PM
 
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I can't believe places like Stockholm and Madrid are ahead of places like Montreal, San Francisco, or Hong Kong.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:39 PM
 
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Have you been to Stockholm? It has a lot of fine dining. In my experience the likelihood of eating well in a random restaurant is much higher in Stockholm than London. Food in England is generally terrible. It really depends how much you need to pay for the fine dining. You have to pay a lot in London to get some decent food. In Barcelona the portions are so small so it ends up being rather expensive. Portions in the U.S tend to be more generous than most of Europe.

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I can't believe places like Stockholm and Madrid are ahead of places like Montreal, San Francisco, or Hong Kong.

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Old 07-03-2008, 01:09 PM
 
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Have you been to Stockholm? It has a lot of fine dining. In my experience the likelihood of eating well in a random restaurant is much higher in Stockholm than London. Food in England is generally terrible. It really depends how much you need to pay for the fine dining. You have to pay a lot in London to get some decent food. In Barcelona the portions are so small so it ends up being rather expensive. Portions in the U.S tend to be more generous than most of Europe.
Yes, I've been to Stockholm. It's a beautiful, exceptionally clean city where people speak better English than many Americans. In my experience, there's a much richer variety of excellent food in places like Montreal, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. I mean geez, even mall food courts in Montreal have fantastic food.

I agree that it's more difficult to find good food in London, and invariably it's at an ethnic restaurant (of which there are plenty, thank goodness). I don't know if there's such a thing as "fine English food" haha.

Having said that, there is good food to be found anywhere. I have had excellent food in Stockholm to be sure.

But since this is the US forum, we should probably concentrate on American cities. So here's my list of places in America with the best food based on cost (availability to the masses and not just a few wealthy elite), quality, and variety. I don't drink, so wine isn't a consideration:

1. New York
2. San Francisco
3. Chicago
4. New Orleans
5. Miami
6. Boston
7. Honolulu
8. Atlanta
9. Houston
10. Detroit
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Old 07-03-2008, 01:43 PM
 
Location: USA
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Yes, I've been to Stockholm. It's a beautiful, exceptionally clean city where people speak better English than many Americans. In my experience, there's a much richer variety of excellent food in places like Montreal, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. I mean geez, even mall food courts in Montreal have fantastic food.

I agree that it's more difficult to find good food in London, and invariably it's at an ethnic restaurant (of which there are plenty, thank goodness). I don't know if there's such a thing as "fine English food" haha.

Having said that, there is good food to be found anywhere. I have had excellent food in Stockholm to be sure.

But since this is the US forum, we should probably concentrate on American cities. So here's my list of places in America with the best food based on cost (availability to the masses and not just a few wealthy elite), quality, and variety. I don't drink, so wine isn't a consideration:

1. New York
2. San Francisco
3. Chicago
4. New Orleans
5. Miami
6. Boston
7. Honolulu
8. Atlanta
9. Houston
10. Detroit
I'm no food expert...but chances are you aren't either. Should the only 2 cities that made it on Food & Wine's list also be listed as the #1 and #2 cities on the list?
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:04 PM
 
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I can't believe places like Stockholm and Madrid are ahead of places like Montreal, San Francisco, or Hong Kong.
I loved Madrid during my visit there, but the food there left a lot to be desired IMO. I found myself eating at the American style cafes quite a bit.
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Old 07-03-2008, 02:11 PM
 
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I'm no food expert...but chances are you aren't either. Should the only 2 cities that made it on Food & Wine's list also be listed as the #1 and #2 cities on the list?
I never said that my criteria were the same as Food & Wine's criteria.
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