SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Foodies have no shortage of fun in San Diego, whether it comes to the region's Mexican cuisine, Italian flavors, or Asian dishes.
But there's so much more to offer local diners, and it hasn't gone unnoticed.
San Diego ranked highly among the nation's best foodie cities, according to a new study from WalletHub. The region ranked 7th out of 182 cities included on the financial website's list.
When it comes to San Diego's appeal, the city ranked 47th in affordability and 9th in diversity, accessibility, and quality of restaurants. In comparison, the top food city, Portland, Ore., ranked 13th in affordability and 5th in diversity, accessibility, and quality.
The top cities were rounded out by New York City in 2nd; Miami, Fla.; San Francisco; Los Angeles; and Las Vegas, Nev.
So how did San Diego rank so well? WalletHub's study weighted its two main scores using 30 metrics that were graded on a 100-point scale. Metrics included factors like sales tax, cost of groceries, restaurants per capita, restaurant growth, and more.
Numbers aside, San Diegans likely already know of the diverse cuisine found across the county, from food halls such as those in Little Italy (Little Italy Food Hall), Point Loma (Liberty Station Food Hall), and Carlsbad (Windmill Food Hall) to the many specialty food markets that dot the region.
San Diego also saw its first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star this year at Fairmont Grand Del Mar's Addison.
And if you value a view as much as the meal, you're in luck. Nine local stops were recently listed among the 100 best U.S. restaurants with a scenic view. Spoiler: They're all along San Diego County's beautiful coastline.