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Portland, Seattle rank high in foodies surveyIf you like to eat, head for the Pacific Northwest. Two of the Northwest's major cities ranked highly in a recent Travel and Leisure Magazine reader survey listing America's Best Cities for Foodies.
Ranked highest was Portland,Oregon, which was listed as the eighth best city in the USA for a foodie. Seattle, Washington, came in at No. 20.
The cities chosen were ranked on the basis of things like street food, coffee, bakeries, specialty gourmet markets, high-end chef-driven restaurants and wine bars. Readers also considered which cities had walkable streets, art galleries and historic appeal. The availability of good burgers, pizza and craft beers also figured into the overall rankings.
Here's what Travel and Leisure had to say about the Northwest cities:
Portland -- These quirky Oregonians could easily be accused of embracing a liquid diet, ranking in the survey’s top five for its thoughtfully brewed coffee, craft beer and wine. To eat and drink in harmony, check out newbies like Coopers Hall, which has 44 taps of wine, beer, and cider paired with steak frites or croque-monsieurs; or BTU Brasserie, which boasts of being the nation’s first Chinese brewpub, with small plates of modern Chinese washed down with a rice lager. Or, try Kachka, a Russian restaurant opened by a James Beard nominee, where you can imbibe Eastern European wines, Baltic lagers and kvass, a beverage made from black and rye breads. Portland’s cuisine might be so adventurous thanks its open-minded locals, who ranked as highly quirky but also polite.
Seattle -- Readers ranked the city near the top for its food markets—no surprise, since the iconic Pike Place Market is a must-stop for many visitors. Locals, however, increasingly go to Pioneer Square for their gourmet cravings–like the fresh oysters at Taylor Oyster Bar and the specialty market at London Plane, which offers warm biscuits, croissants and Caffe Umbria coffee in the morning, and a wine bar in the evening. To continue your classic Seattle coffee-tasting tour, go to nearby Zeitgeist, which positioned itself early on as a heady Starbucks alternative, and which ups the hipster ante with movie screenings and exhibits by local artists. Readers, meanwhile, deemed the Gore-Tex-clad locals as both nerdy and athletic.
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