Los Angeles ranked 4th best city for foodies

Food lovers in Los Angeles have much to savor Tuesday, as the city was ranked the fourth best in the country for foodies by the personal finance website WalletHub.

The Best Foodie Cities in America list compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics. The rankings also expanded upon what a "foodie'' is beyond just a person who enjoys gourmet dining to include those who enjoy food that is affordable or purchased at the grocery store.

"But foodie culture isn't limited to restaurants. More importantly, far fewer than the many who claim to be foodies truly deserve the label,'' WalletHub wrote.

Los Angeles ranked first in the affordability and accessibility of highly rated restaurants, third in gourmet specialty-food stores per capita, fifth in coffee and tea shops per capita, eighth in the number of restaurants per capita, and 70th in craft breweries and wineries per capita.

San Francisco was ranked first on the list overall, followed by Portland and New York. California cities ranking in the top 50 included San Diego (ninth), Sacramento (15th), Oakland (22nd), Long Beach (41st), San Jose (42nd) and Santa Ana (47th).

The full report can be found at https://wallethub.com/edu/best-foodie-cities/7522/.

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