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These 8 U.S. Cities Have Been Rated The Best For Foodies

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For those of us who love to travel and try different foods while we visit new places, it seems there is a never-ending list of places to visit and new flavors to experience. 

While many people might travel internationally for some fantastic fare, for many Americans there is no need to go that far, as there is a wealth of food options across the country offering everything you could need to take your taste buds on a journey.

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As part of their 10 Best campaign, USA Today has compiled rankings of the top 10 places for various food and drink categories around the U.S.

Using reader votes to determine the top spots, categories such as food festivals, brewpubs, farmers’ markets, wineries, and everything in between have been decided. 

So, no matter if you have a sweet tooth, you are a cookie expert, or you are a craft beer connoisseur, the best of the best has been determined to help you decide where to head next to help satisfy your taste buds.

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Here Are 8 U.S. Cities That Have Been Rated The Best For Foodies:

Best Public Market 

No. 1: Easton Public Market – Easton, Pennsylvania

An offshoot of the Easton Farmers Market, this public market takes much of the vibe from the popular farmers market and elevates it a bit, offering regional food vendors and open kitchens where you can watch, learn, and try your hand at local dishes. 

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No. 2: Eastern Market Detroit – Detroit, Michigan

You may have heard that Detroit is undergoing a bit of a cultural renaissance lately, and the fantastic Eastern Public Market is no exception.

This 126-year-old market is known to be a festival of the senses and allows visitors the chance to see, taste, and meet vendors from all over. Not to mention the surrounding neighborhood has become a bit of a cultural mecca as well. 

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Best BrewPub 

1. Stronghouse Brew Pub – Telluride, Colorado

With a slogan like “Let’s Beer”, you know the brews here must be good. Luckily the food and historic ambiance is also pretty great at Telluride’s Sronghouse Brew Pub, not to mention the views.

Favorite foods here that complement the specialty beers include German-inspired dishes such as bratwurst and pretzels. 

No. 2: From the Earth Brewing Company – Roswell, Georgia

Taking two massive trends and combining them seems to work very well for From the Earth, a craft brewery dishing out farm-to-table dishes.

Ethically and locally sourced and always delicious, this Roswell establishment is a favorite for a reason. 

Best Food Hall 

No. 1: Mother Road Market – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Oklahoma's first food hall is something to experience, with vendors offering everything from pickle pizza to authentic pho.

The place showcases some artisanal ice creams and local merchandise and holds events at the trendy and upcoming Tulsa Midtown neighborhood, just off Route 66. 

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No. 2: The Garage Food Hall – Indianapolis, Indiana

Considered the community hub for all things arts and entertainment, and of course culinary, the Garage Food Hall is located in Indianapolis’s Bottleworks district.

The former Coca-Cola bottling plant garage includes over twenty vendors and features everything from specialty cocktails to Brazilian street food. 

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Best Cookie & Ice Cream Shop 

No. 1 Cookie Shop: Please & Thank You – Louisville, Kentucky

A statewide favorite, Please & Thank You is more or less chocolate chip cookie royalty around these parts.

The recipe is a guarded secret and worth the trip, so make sure to take the time and make a stop here if you are in the trendy Louisville area. 


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No. 1 Ice Cream Shop: Island Creamery – Virginia and Maryland

With flavors that get their inspiration from local farmers, Island Creamery wins its customers over with rich and unique taste combinations such as Marsh Mush, Java Jolt, and Cotton Candy Party.

The ice cream here is homemade and small batch, meaning repeat trips are always necessary to try a new kind each visit. 

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