Livability.com is dishing up its Top 10 Foodie City list and Traverse City ranks as one of the best places to dine in the country.
According to Livability.com, Traverse City made fifth on the list because residents embrace restaurants and take pride in knowing where their food comes from.
Editors say Traverse City also supports local farmers, showcases regional cuisine and provides residents with bountiful opportunities to discover new flavors, textures, cooking techniques and healthy foods.
For this list of cities, editors analyzed data from Esri about how frequently families eat at locally owned restaurants and how much the average resident spends eating out. They also examined the accessibility residents of each city have to healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and quality meat with data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Also taken into account were cities with established farmers markets and restaurants that use locally grown ingredients, as well as critically acclaimed restaurants, successful chefs and winners of James Beard Foundation Awards.
"There's a real foodie renaissance going on in U.S. cities," says Livability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. "You're seeing that coast to coast, but these cities really stand out as great places to live and eat."
Editors describe Traverse City as a food fairytale, with dozens of great restaurants and opportunities to find fresh, wholesome ingredients for home-cooked meals.
Top 10 Foodie Cities, 2014
1. New Haven, CT
2. Scottsdale, AZ
3. Boston, MA
4. Asheville, NC
5. Traverse City, MI
6. Berkeley, CA
7. Boulder, CO
8. Burlington, VT
9. Omaha, NE
10. Washington, D.C.