Austinís a food city.†Thanks to our thriving Tex-Mex scene, barbecue galore and food trucks on every corner,†itís easy to live here for years and still have a foodie bucket list a mile long.

According to a new WalletHub study, Austin ranked No. 18 on a list of Americaís best foodie cities. Surprised itís not higher? Us, too. The good news: Itís the highest-ranked Texas city on the list (take that, No. 39 Houston).


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WalletHub analyzed the 150 most-populated cities in the United States and ranked their food scenes based upon affordability, diversity, accessibility and quality.

The affordability factor was based around the cost of groceries, beer and wine prices, prices at high-quality restaurants and sales, food and restaurant taxes. The rest of the study†factored in†the total number†of restaurants, the ratio of full-service restaurants to fast-food restaurants, number of food trucks (we had to have ranked high on this one, right?!), healthy food options, farmers markets, ice cream and frozen yogurt shops (Iím getting hungry just writing this list), craft breweries, wineries, coffee shops, grocery stores, butcher shops, food festivals and cooking schools.

Sure, Austin may have ranked lower than weíd like (seriously, Orlando is No. 1?!) but weíre still damn proud of the good eatiní we have to offer around town. Plus, we were ranked fifth for low-cost groceries, so thatís something.

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