Tasty things sometimes come in very small packages! These 10 small towns – each with a population of under 25,000 and each voted to the top by 10Best and USA TODAY readers – have big food scenes with chef-driven restaurants, local flavors and plenty of variety, especially given their small size.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Small Town Food Scene are as follows:
- Frankenmuth, Mich.
- Driftwood, Texas
- Portsmouth, N.H.
- Yountville, Calif.
- St. Helena, Calif.
- Traverse City, Mich.
- Tarpon Springs, Fla.
- Hendersonville, N.C.
- Naples, Fla.
- Fredericksburg, Texas
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Larry Bleiberg (LarryBleiberg.com), Deborah Fallows (American Futures), Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Libby McMillan and the 10Best team of Local Experts were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of American travel.
Other nominated towns included Aspen, Colo.; Carrboro, N.C.; Cooperstown, N.Y.; Great Barrington, Mass.; Healdsburg, Calif.; Islamorada, Fla.; Marfa, Texas; Ojai, Calif.; Tarrytown, N.Y. and Woodinville, Wash.
Congratulations to all our winning small towns! Keep this list handy next time you're in the mood for a food-centric road trip!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo