Move over Los Angeles – Cincinnati is next in line for the country’s growing list of food hubs, according to Food & Wine.
On Wednesday, the outlet published its first-ever list of America’s Next Great Food Cities, which spotlighted seven big cities doing exciting things this year and four burgeoning food scenes in towns with less than 60,000 people.
Among the 11 destinations listed, Cincinnati was recognized for our historic Findlay Market, Tony and Austin Ferrari’s Fausto, Dominique Khoury’s Lebanese-inspired pop-up Looqma, Kiki in College Hill and East Walnut Hills’ cocktail bar Anjou. Celebrity chef Jean-Robert de Cavel and Cincinnati chili also got honorable mentions.
The list further spotlighted James Beard Award semi-finalist chef Jose Salazar, who owns Salazar, Mita’s and Goose & Elder, as well as Dear Restaurant & Butchery’s Ashley and Austin Heidt. Mom ‘n ‘Em Coffee & Wine – Ohio’s best coffee shop – also got a shoutout along with Cafe Mochiko.
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“We celebrate our picks for the 11 American cities with the most dynamic and emergent food cultures. Each met the criteria with their creativity, innovation, diversity and deliciousness,” Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis said in a release.
“It’s an exciting time for food in our country, with places like Cincinnati, where a constellation of food entrepreneurs is spurring a renaissance (Who knew you could get both Lebanese-inspired chocolate-and-tahini cookies and Japanese-style coconut mochi doughnuts there?) and Tucson, where I recently ate my weight in tacos and filled a carry-on bag with Monsoon chocolate bars, pizza flour from Barrio Bread and flour tortillas from Anita’s Street Market to take home.”
Besides Cincinnati, cities such as Boise, Idaho; Omaha, Nebraska and Charlotte, North Carolina made the cut. See the full list in Food & Wine’s special travel May issue on newsstands April 22 or online at foodandwine.com/travel/best-food-cities.