Oakland Ranks 7th Best Food Destination in Nation, Only City on West Coast, according to USA Today

USA Today has named Oakland, California one of their 10Best Local Food Scenes in the United States for 2015. The list is voted upon by readers of USA Today and 10Best.com, the papers online travel guide. Oakland lands at the number seven spot. Oakland has been a trending culinary destination with the rise of new restaurants and chefs bringing their talents to the East Bay. Oaklands diversity allows diners to enjoy a variety of food options throughout many of Oaklands neighborhoods. The city's Oakland Restaurant Week has been celebrated as one of the best in the Bay Area for its inclusion of menus from all regions, tastes, and neighborhoods. Supplementing the restaurant scene is the Oakland Urban Wine Trail that brings the best of wine country with the city's urban landscape. We are so proud to be recognized as one of the most delicious and unique food scenes in the country, says Alison Best, President & CEO of Visit Oakland. Local foodies consistently choose Oakland as the best city to eat in Bay Area and were happy to spread the word to the rest of the nation. Among the other top six food destinations include Asheville (NC), Raleigh (NC), Providence, Nashville, Louisville, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Oakland beat out New Orleans, Portland (ME) and Charleston (SC). The list was voted upon by popular vote from 20 nominees compiled by culinary experts. Other nominated Bay Area destinations included Napa and San Francisco but Oakland is the only city represented on the West Coast, and only city in the Bay Area to make the list.


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