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We like to think Nashville's food scene is pretty iconic: hot chicken, biscuits, meat-and-threes ... we could go on. But how much of a foodie city are we? Well, according to personal finance website WalletHub, Nashville claims the No. 69 spot on the Best Foodie Cities in America for 2018.

So how did WalletHub identity the best and cheapest foodie scenes? It compared 182 U.S. cities—including the 150 most populated in the county, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state—across 29 indicators of foodie-friendliness, from the cost of groceries to affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita.

Nashville scored in the top 50 on “diversity, accessibility and quality” (no. 48). But when it comes to affordability, local foodies are paying more for those Instagrammable orders. Check out the study here or the map below to see how Nashville compares to other places, including fellow Tennessee cities Knoxville (No. 109) and Memphis (No. 140).

Source: WalletHub

We want to hear from you

This is where Rover needs your help. We want to know what you think about Nashville's dining scene. Should Nashville be higher on WalletHub's top foodie cities? What do you love about the city's food choices ... and what don't you love? Are there any restaurants you want to see in Music City?

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Top 10 Foodie Cities

1. Portland, Oregon

2. San Francisco, California

3. Miami, Florida

4. New York, New York

5. Los Angeles, California

6. Orlando, Florida

7. Las Vegas, Nevada

8. Seattle, Washington

9. San Diego, California

10. Austin, Texas

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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