Milwaukee is America’s second most affordable ‘foodie’ city: report

The term “foodie” has meaning on many levels, the personal finance website wrote. Although people might use it to describe people who love gourmet meals, WalletHub points out that “foodie culture isn’t just about restaurants.”

Foodies like to experience new and unique flavors wherever they can, WalletHub said, whether it’s in their kitchen, at a street food stand, or just at a smaller restaurant.

Two Wisconsin cities were on the list, Milwaukee and Madison. Milwaukee ranked particularly high in affordability, especially important as restaurant prices rose, not to mention grocery store prices, as WalletHub pointed out.

“These wallet-friendly cities are for diners who prefer to cook at home, explore local flavors or both,” the site said, explaining that its methodology considered the cost of groceries, affordability and accessibility of high quality restaurants, and food festivals per capita.

In Badger State, Milwaukee was ranked No. 24 overall, with an overall score of 55. Milwaukee ranked No. 2 in affordability, just behind Billings, Montana.

When it comes to diversity, accessibility, and quality, Wallethub ranked Milwaukee 41st.

Madison came in at 67th on the list with 47.74 points overall. The city ranked 83rd for affordability and 62nd for diversity, accessibility and quality.

To rank the cities, WalletHub considered the cost of groceries, wine, and liquor; restaurants per capita; the proportion of full-service and fast-food restaurants; the number of ice cream and frozen yogurt vendors per capita; the number of craft breweries and wineries per capita; the number of cafes per inhabitant; and the number of gourmet or specialty food stores per capita.

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