San Francisco is, officially, the #1 best city for foodies. Not just the best, the number one best, according to CreditDonkey.
If you wanted to find a drier, more joyless methodology to back up this analysis about one common way in which people relish being alive, you would really have to put some elbow grease into the effort. This particular study combined four criteria: restaurant sales per capita, establishments per person, fast food vs. full-service outlets and the growth in the number of full-service restaurants from 2007-09. Nothing about availability of seasonal produce, nor any nod to Michelin stars, Yelp reviews, or other rankings.
San Francisco beat runner-up New York in the first and last categories. Our $2,889 in restaurant sales per capita -- versus New York's $2,122 and a national average of $1,953 -- is actually kind of interesting when you consider that every single San Franciscan spends an average of $8 eating out, every day. (Dinner at Spruce probably skews things a bit.)
Virginia Beach happens to be third, while L.A., Chicago, and New Orleans didn't even rate. That quizzical result sort of feels like one of those studies where Minneapolis or Salt Lake City is "actually" the gayest place in America, but whatever, at least we still beat them.