Somebody was bound to come up with this list. Mobile app and food ordering/delivery website GrubHub has come out with their top ten cities for vegetarians. What they did was collect data from restaurants offering online ordering to see which cities had more vegetarian, vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants per capita.
They’ve released the top ten and I have them for you right here.
#10 is Chicago, which would come as more of a surprise to me (what with all those midwestern steak places) if I hadn’t just done a post on Lady Gaga’s vegetarian week in Chicago.
#9 is Denver, which doesn’t surprise me much at all. Denver has always been a very health-conscious city and I’d expect to find plenty of dining options there.
#8 is Los Angeles. The only surprising thing there isn’t that it didn’t rank higher, considering all of the vegetarian and vegan celebrities and celebrity hopefuls.
#7 is San Fransisco. Since locavore dining really got its start (or at least became chic) in San Fransisco, the fact that it ranks high in vegetarian dining makes sense.
#6 is Austin, #5 is Dallas and #4 is Houston. I don’t want to offend our Texan readers, but that surprises me completely. What about all that barbecue, chili and cattle ranching? Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled. Just dumbfounded.
#3 is San Diego. As a Californian who visits San Diego quite often, I would have been surprised NOT to see SD. I’ve had some of my best vegetarian restaurant meals there.
#2 is San Jose. With all of the organic growers out that way, I’d say the vegetarian restaurants have some amazing supplies to work with and serve.
Finally, Seattle ranked #1 as having the most vegetarian, vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants per capita than any other city.
Again, this isn’t much of a surprise, as Seattle has always had a rep as both a health-conscious city and a progressive dining destination.
I may have to make a point of visiting some of these cities to check out their restaurant scenes. First will come Texas; I just really need to see that for myself!