Anytime you see a "Best of", or a "Top 10" type list, you know it's probably going to be pretty much a subjective perspective. And depending on who is presenting the list is going to determine the credibility weighted to it.  And as far as I'm concerned, when something comes from Louisiana/Shreveport hating Wallethub, I give it very little, to no credence.  So, all that being said, there's a new "Top 20" list from WalletHub of cities that are best for "foodies," and no Louisiana city made the list??

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According to WalletHub, the criteria for best foodie cities include cost of groceries, to accessibility, to access to high-quality restaurants, to food festivals per capita.  Now, I'm not saying Shreveport should be in the top 20. And although we have some wonderful local restaurants, I understand that... but you're going to tell me Phoenix, AZ has better food than New Orleans?  Phoenix comes in at 34 on their list.  Here is the top 20, according to WalletHub:

  1. Portland, OR
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Miami, FL
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Sacramento, CA
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. Tampa, FL
  9. Las Vegas, NV
  10. San Diego, CA
  11. Denver, CO
  12. Chicago, IL
  13. Washington, DC
  14. Atlanta, GA
  15. Los Angeles, CA
  16. Pittsburgh, PA
  17. Portland, ME
  18. New York, NY
  19. Charleston, SC
  20. Oakland, CA

The closest Louisiana gets to the top 20 is New Orleans at #41.  41... New Orleans??It's preceded by Oakland, CA at #40, and followed by Honolulu, HI at #42.  Baton Rouge comes in at 124, and Shreveport at 179.  Dallas, TX ranks 75th, with Fort Worth at 99.

According to WalletHub:

In order to determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across two key dimensions, “Affordability” and “Diversity, Accessibility & Quality.”

We evaluated those dimensions using 29 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions and costs for foodies. For metrics marked with an asterisk (*), we used the square root of the population to calculate the population size in order to avoid overcompensating for minor differences across cities.

Finally, we determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the cities in our sample. In determining our sample, we considered only the “city proper” in each case and excluded surrounding cities in the metro area.

"Relative metrics..." "Diversity..."  Blah, blah, blah... if you don't have New Orleans any higher than 41, I can't take anything you say seriously!

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