ALABAMA (KOIN/NEXSTAR) – Do you consider yourself a foodie?

Then you might want to avoid a few Alabama cities, according to a new WalletHub study.

WalletHub, the personal finance website, has ranked over 180 of America’s most populous cities in order of “foodie-friendliness” based on a smorgasbord of metrics related to accessibility, diversity and quality. Each city was also graded on the overall affordability of its dining options and groceries, to present a list that highlights not just the tastiest but also the cheapest “Foodie Cities in America,” according to WalletHub.

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Cities on the lower end of the rankings generally fared poorly in all categories. Pearl City, Hawaii, ranked dead last in affordability (at #182) and not much better for accessibility, diversity and quality (#178), giving it a weighted average score of 25.24 — and putting it at the bottom of the list. 

Two Alabama cities, Montgomery (#178) and Mobile (#177), ranked fairly low in the study. Montgomery stood out for having the second-lowest diversity, accessibility, and quality of dining options and groceries, as well as the second-lowest ratio of full-service restaurants to fast-food establishments in the nation.

Mobile also stood out for having some of the least affordable grocery and dining options.

The 10 worst ‘Foodie Cities,’ according to WalletHub:

182Pearl City, Hawaii25.24
181Shreveport, Louisiana31.37
180Nampa, Idaho32.18
179West Valley City, Utah32.56
178Montgomery, Alabama33.05
177Mobile, Alabama33.47
176Moreno Valley, California33.72
175Jackson, Mississippi34.79
174Fontana, California35.05
173Augusta, Georgia35.47

Meanwhile, at the top of the list, perhaps surprisingly, is Orlando, Florida, which ranked high in terms of accessibility, diversity, and quality thanks to its large number of well-reviewed restaurants, ice cream parlors, coffee shops and specialty food stores. The city, however, did not score so high in terms of affordability (ranking #108 out of 182 total cities studied), bringing its weighted average score down to 69.38 out of a possible 100.

Still, Orlando’s score was high enough to edge out the other foodie-friendly cities such as Portland, Oregon (which earned a score of 68.19); Sacramento (67.62); Miami (66.92); and San Francisco (66.03). Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas, Austin and Seattle rounded out WalletHub’s top 10 “Foodie Cities” ranking. 

The 10 best ‘Foodie Cities,’ according to WalletHub:

1Orlando, Florida69.38
2Portland, Oregon68.19
3Sacramento, California67.62
4Miami, Florida66.92
5San Francisco, California66.03
6Tampa, Florida64.84
7San Diego, California63.90
8Las Vegas, Nevada63.66
9Austin, Texas63.27
10Seattle, Washington62.17

When compiling this year’s “Foodie Cities” rankings, WalletHub sought to include metro areas in every U.S. state. The 182 ranked cities include the 150 most populous cities in the country; an additional 32 were included to ensure the list reflected at least two of the most populous municipalities in each state. (For instance, Wyoming has two entries on the list, despite not having any cities among the 150 most populous in the country.)

A full list of the entire 2023 rankings can be found at