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The 2018 report by WalletHub says Portland beat out 181 other cities for the top honor.

FILE PHOTO - Some tasty fare produced locally is shown here.We're no small fry!

Portland has earned the No. 1 spot on a new list ranking "2018's Best Foodie Cities in America."

The report, compiled by personal finance website WalletHub, used 29 different metrics to measure everything from affordability to diversity, accessibility and quality. With 182 cities competing for the top of the heap, Portland came in first.

San Francisco ranked second, and Miami, New York and Los Angeles also all made the top five. Our competitors to the north, Seattle, placed eighth.

"Guests are looking for true authenticity in their food and experiences," noted Brian Connors, a food expert quoted in WalletHub's report. "We are seeing restaurants and chefs focus on specific regions of the world and specific cooking styles that appeal to the next generation of foodies."

So what makes the Rose City such a delectable haven? According to WalletHub, the city scored well for its affordable and high quality restaurants, plus the high number of farmers markets and eateries per capita.

That said, the cost of groceries locally has been creeping upward. Restaurant prices have jumped about 2.8 percent in the last year across the 50 states. Overall, since 2015 Americans have spent more money at food establishments than at the grocery store.

Getting into gourmet meals has never been easier in Portland. So dig in, Rip City!


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