Monday, December 27, 2010

Washington DC: A Top 10 Restaurant City

I just came across this today on City Stream. This year Washington DC ranked #8 in Esquire Magazines "Americas Best Restaurant Cities" 2010 Edition. The District of Columbia ranks behind superstar cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles which boast tremendous populations and titanic economies. Their standings make sense because of the shear demand.

I will have to question some of the cities we fell behind, specifically Houston and New Orleans mainly because there is a lack of culinary variety in these cities. Also southern "comfort food" has it's limits.

What also makes our ranking spectacular is that DC is a small city in comparison to all the others. For example DC has a population of 601,723 making it the 27th largest city where as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago rank 1,2 and 3 respectively in terms of population all boasting at least 2.8 million people. So on a per capita basis we must rank in the top 5.

Some notable honors for DC, we have the countries best Spanish and Indian restaurants and a hand-full of great Italian restaurants. The future will only look brighter as this is a city that is growing in terms of both population and jobs. The growth in population is concentrated mainly in young highly educated professions that have a demand for sophisticated fine dining.

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