Louisville, Nashville, Providence and Raleigh, N.C. also winners
Forget chain restaurants! In each of our 20 nominees for Best Local Food Scene, foodie appeal takes the form of local chefs, regional ingredients and big flavors.
These 10 world-class culinary scenes, voted as the best in the nation by USA TODAY 10Best readers, cater to every budget with tasty bites found everywhere from curbside food trucks to fine dining establishments.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Local Food Scene are as follows:
- Minneapolis - St. Paul
- Raleigh, N.C.
- Asheville, N.C.
- New Orleans
- Portland, Maine
- Charleston, S.C.
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Caroline Potter (OpenTable, Inc.), Eric Grossman, Megy Karydes, M. Linda Lee (10Best), Akila McConnell (The Road Forks), Larry Olmsted (Great American Bites) and Kim Sunee were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of food and travel.
Other cities nominated for Best Local Food Scene included Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Napa, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.
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