PORTLAND — Portland has once again garnered accolades for its robust food scene. CNBC.com in conjunction with Sperlings Best Places recently released a list of the nation’s 10 Top Foodie Cities that pegs Portland at No. 4.
To come up with the list, Sperlings used the metro area population (513,373 for Portland and its surrounding suburbs) and looked at the ratio of local restaurants to chain restaurants; the number of Whole Foods Markets, cooking stores, wine shops, wine bars, craft breweries and brew pubs; and the number of CSA farms and farmers markets.
It calculated that the Portland metro area has 81.9 percent locally owned restaurants, 19 breweries and 15 farmers markets.
The Rabelais bookstore and Emilitsa, Back Bay Grill and Standard Baking Company all earned a mention.
Santa Rosa, Calif., Portland, Ore., and Burlington, Vt., landed the number one, two and three spots, respectively.