Suck on That, Orlando: Dallas Ranks 32 of 35 in Travel + Leisure's Foodie-Destination Rankings

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Travel + Leisure readers recently voted on their favorite foodie cities in America. Dallas clocked in at number 32, ahead of only Orlando, Vegas and Anchorage and behind San Antonio (10), Austin (15) and Houston (24), and more or less every other city of note. According to Travel + Leisure:

Even though the Tex-Mex, barbecue, and steak-friendly cuisine in Big D is fairly similar to what you'd find in higher-ranked Austin and San Antonio, voters were more interested in Dallas's shopping (blame that Neiman-Marcus flagship). For up-and-coming cuisine, local foodies are tending toward street tacos and new spots in the Uptown/McKinney Avenue area. Your meal will be, at the very least, more interesting than the local people-watching, which ranked last in the survey.

Fair enough, T+L. Dallas has a lot of great food, but it obvious can't contend with a top ten list that boasts New York City, San Francisco and top-ranked New Orleans. Is it better than Vegas (34) and Anchorage (35)? Worse than Kansas City and Philly and Phoenix? Who knows. Who cares. Just go eat. If foodies don't flock here, it's more for me and you.


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Mavdog
Mavdog

IMO T&L (and apparently most of the posters) don't take the initiative to look past the boring collection of chain restaurant rows that inhabit many of our communities to find the diamonds that exist here.

Too bad, but then if everybody went to these great small chef run foodspots it would be tougher to get a table, so keep on doing and thinking the same way, would ya?c

Really?
Really?

And Orlando is any better?? 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

This surprises anyone here for more than 2 weeks?  Dallas is food and culture hell......where tollway trash is cool.  Tribal ta's are IN.  F'heads.

Kristina
Kristina

You are an advertising hack magazine for the man, you HAVE to say that. The truth of the matter is that Dallas is a chain wasteland. Look at the areas with the highest concentration of restaurants and you will find the "one million people served" type restaurants, side-by-side, on every corner, who have Sysco backing up to the back door unloading Mambo taxi drink mix and cryogenic frozen Bourbon Street steaks. Give me a break! Until Dallas starts drawing and supporting slow food, "top chefs" and locally sourced, seasonal menus, Zagat and other widely published publications like T+L will continue to take pot shots at our city. And seriously, who is suffering for this? We are! The discerning palette whose cravings will not be satiated with something that is removed from plastic, heated, garnished and served for $25! Wake up and smell the salumi! 

elbueno
elbueno

Suffice it to say, we just are NOT a "List" city.

Lancenorris
Lancenorris

Where can I find the detail of the poll?

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

We're getting the band back together

bobbyv
bobbyv

Couldn't agree more.  Dallas has a lot of restaurants, but that doesn't mean it has good restaurants. There are way too many chains...national, regional, small, and local. And most of the local, independent restuarants copy one another so much, they're all practically the same place.  I went to Fort Worth recently and the "new" West 7th area is full of restaurant transplants from Dallas and the Dallas area.  So not impressive.

I am surprised San Antonio is ahead of Austin.  I'm certainly not surprised Houston is ahead of Dallas.  The much more DIVERSE restaurant scene there blows Dallas away.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

My thing w/ D-FW when it comes to restaurants is this: Noone in this region has been innovative since the "Southwest cooking/Tex Mex" movement of the 80's, its all been some sort of rehash.  What we really need is true shot in the ass when it comes to both new cullinary concepts and ideas. I'd love to see more restaurants here embrace a more "farm to plate" approach or attempt cuisine outside their comfort zone. What id give for a "Zankou Chicken"-type of restaurant here in Dallas..

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