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Foodies on a Budget: Check out these towns

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Photos: Wallet © Andrey Kiselev, Food © Nikolai Sorokin | Both from PhotoXpress.com Design: Carma Spence

WalletHub just released an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Best and Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet. Looking on the list, I found that my current home, Long Beach, Calif., ranked 51 on the list and my home town, Santa Rosa, Calif., ranked 71. Turns out the top city to eat on a budget is Orlando, Fla. … followed closely by Grand Rapids, Mich.

New Orleans, La., home of some of my favorite dishes such as beignets and fried catfish, ranks #7. To see the complete list, go here. The 150 most populated U.S. cities are ranked in order of Overall Rank, which is determined by “Wallet Wellnes” and “Diversity, Accessibility & Quality”.

You can also find on that page the following ranked listings:

  • Lowest & Highest Groceries — Houston has the lowest, go figure!
  • Lowest & Highest Average Beer & Wine Price — Milwaukee, Wis., is the best for beer & wine
  • Highest & Lowest Number of Restaurants per Capita — You’ll find more restaurants in San Francisco!
  • Highest & Lowest Ratio of Full-Service Restaurants to Fast-Food Establishments — My home town of Santa Rosa has more full-service than fast food restaurants, imagine that!
  • Highest & Lowest Number of Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Shops per Capita — If you like frozen dessert, go to Garden Grove, Calif!
  • Highest & Lowest Number of Craft Breweries & Wineries per Capita — Again, my home town of Santa Rosa, Calif, brings the best value for craft beer and wine lovers!
  • Highest & Lowest Number of Coffee Shops per Capita — Java lovers should head on over to San Francisco, Calif!
  • Highest & Lowest Gourmet Specialty Food Stores per Capita — Like gourmet? Visit Honolulu!

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.