Hoboken has been named a “top 10 foodie city” by livability.com, a site that ranks quality of life and travel amenities in America’s small and mid-sized cities. In fact, Hoboken is number 2 on the list, right before Bloomington, Ind.
Folks, there’s much more to see in this area than Manhattan! Especially in Hoboken (for those staying in NYC: We’re a quick $1.75 train ride across the river). We’ve even got celebrities opening restaurants, like Chris and Albie Manzo’s “Little Town New Jersey,” and of course, we've also got the Cake Boss.
According to a press release: “For this list, Livability.com editors sniffed out cities with a high ratio of acclaimed restaurants, innovative chefs and strong regional culinary styles to their population size. Following the lead of Livability.com’s first Top 10 Foodie Cities list, editors veered away from well-known food-lovers' cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and New Orleans, instead focusing on smaller towns with unexpected epicurean delights.
“The cities that made this year’s list have invigorating restaurant scenes, chefs adapting traditional dishes into edible art, and communities supporting local farmers and food producers.
“Authentic Italian cooking dominates the city of Hoboken’s dense culinary landscape, and it’s hard to go wrong when choosing from the Italian restaurants in Hoboken, but menus in Hoboken range from South American and Asian fusion to Middle Eastern and cheese steaks. And Hoboken has more Zagat-rated restaurants than anywhere else in the state. Chefs like four-time James Beard Foundation award nominee and owner of the restaurant Cucharamama easily find fresh, local produce and other epicurean delights at farmers markets in uptown and downtown Hoboken. Aspiring chefs can learn basics such as preparing for a dinner party, making chili, or the best beer and wine pairings at The Urban Kitchen’s cooking classes.”
So what are the top 10 foodie cities? Drumroll, please…
1. Decatur, GA
3. Bloomington, IN
4. Berkeley, CA
5. Madison, WI
6. Lafayette, LA
7. Chapel Hill, NC
8. Santa Fe, NM
9. Alexandria, VA
10. Burlington, VT
To check out the list and descriptions, head to Livability.com. Then come back to hudsonreporter.com to read more about Hoboken and the other towns in Hudson County, N.J.