ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Cheap eats and diverse offerings is what makes Rochester one of the best cities in the nation for foodies, according to a new report published Tuesday. says Rochester is the fourth best metro for cuisine, calling the Flower City “One of America’s most underrated food paradises.”

Aside from the region’s staple, the Garbage Plate, the report says Rochester takes in much of Upstate New York’s culinary character, drawing on beef on weck and wings from Buffalo, tomato pies from Utica, salt potatoes from Syracuse, as well as Dinosaur BBQ, an iconic Upstate institution.

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“Authentic Rochester garbage plates are served in a plethora of styles at local joints like Nick Tahou Hots (the dish’s originator), Dogtown, Steve T. Hots & Potatoes and Mark’s Texas Hots,” the article said. “Looking for something different? Check out vegan spot The Red Fern, Pelican’s Nest overlooking the Genesee River, artsy hip Good Luck Restaurant or Magnolia’s Deli & Café, a favorite of President Obama.”

Here’s the article’s top 10 US cities for foodies:

  1. Miami, Florida
  2. Berkeley, California
  3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  4. Rochester, New York
  5. Seattle, Washington
  6. Honolulu, Hawaii
  7. Stamford, Connecticut
  8. New Haven, Connecticut
  9. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  10. Minneapolis, Minnesota


Article’s author says: “To determine the best foodie cities, we looked at all cities in the country with more than 100,000 people according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 estimates and then used a database of 8 million commercially licensed business listings to find the total number of restaurants in each area. These listings may not reflect recent business closures.

We ranked each city by its number of restaurants per capita, restaurant density per square mile of land area and the percentage of non-chain restaurants (local establishments). Each factor was weighted equally, and the locations with the best overall score were determined to be the best cities for foodies.

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The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.”