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Fort Worth and Garland among worst cities in America for foodies

Fort Worth and Garland among worst cities in America for foodies

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Fort Worth's lack of gourmet grocers and bakers helped it earn the title as sixth worst city in America for food lovers.  Photo courtesy of Fort Worth CVB

Lest we in Dallas-Fort Worth get too prideful, a new study by the real estate site Movoto is knocking North Texas down a peg. Garland is the second worst city in America for food lovers, and four other Texas towns including Fort Worth made the top 10.

San Bernardino, California, was deemed to be the worst city for foodies, but Garland’s second place (as well as Fort Worth’s No. 6 spot) put North Texas in the corner.

So how did Garland, Fort Worth, El Paso, Laredo and Corpus Christi make the list? Well, they lack quantity, because this was a “per capita” study that looked at restaurants, bakeries, food trucks, ice cream shops, candy shops, food and wine festivals, caterers and gourmet grocery stores.

The rankings were then formulated by taking data from the 100 most populated cities on this criteria from places like Yelp and Foursquare and only including places strictly within city limits (i.e., the whole of North Texas doesn’t serve Fort Worth or Garland.)

Garland’s only top three finish was in caterers — oh god, where do people in Garland find caterers?! — but it consistently ranked in the bottom 10 percent in categories such as restaurants, food trucks, candy stores and gourmet grocers.

Of course, Fort Worth is the second-worst for gourmet grocers on the list, behind El Paso and in front of Arlington (the 13th worst city for foodies). Laredo and Lubbock came in second and third for food trucks by dint of both having only one food truck apiece.

Also — and this bears repeating — candy stores is one of the metrics. For foodies. Anyway, Dallas isn’t on the list, but Irving, Lubbock and San Antonio also made the top 50, so Dallas is clearly better. It’s part of a study. That’s science.