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Zagat editors around the country were asked to make a case for the city they believed "had the biggest year in food by assessing the number of exciting new openings, award recognition and national media attention." After topping the list last year, D.C. came in at a respectable number six for 2017. (Image: Rey Lopez)
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D.C. ranked in top 10 most exciting food cities in America

If we have learned anything about you in 2017, dear readers, it's that you gobble up all the foodie news you can consume -- bad food puns totally intended. And to end the year on a high note, we have learned that Zagat has named D.C. the sixth most exciting food city in America!

It was an incredible year for dining across the U.S. in 2017. With chefs from New York, Chicago and San Francisco moving to smaller markets like Denver, Raleigh, Seattle and Charleston (among others), culinary innovation is booming in cities big and small.

Zagat editors around the country were asked to make a case for the city they believed "had the biggest year in food by assessing the number of exciting new openings, award recognition and national media attention." A few other top foodie media types weighed in as well to produce the final list. After topping the list last year, D.C. came in at a respectable six for 2017.

D.C. Zagat editor Rina Rapuano (and DC Refined freelancer) cited Bon Appetit's inclusion of three local restaurants on their annual list of the country’s 50 best restaurants, the addition of two restaurants to D.C.'s Michelin guide, several celebrity chefs' arrival in D.C., and hometown hero José Andrés' relief work in Puerto Rico as just a few of the reasons why "the city’s vibrant dining scene definitely kept up the momentum in 2017."

Zagat's 10 Most Exciting Food Cities in America

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Denver, CO
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. Washington, DC
  7. Charleston, SC
  8. New Orleans, LA
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. San Francisco, CA

You can see more of what editor's had to say about D.C.'s food scene, and the top 30 food cities, here.

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