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Aug 16, 2009

Vote for Top "Local Food" City in the U. S.

Chez Panisse entry
The Huffington Post is running a poll---in the form of a fact-filled slide show---that lets you vote for your favorite local foods city (from a field of 10).

"After researching the best local food in the United States," the poll's masterminds say, "we compiled this slideshow of our discoveries, focusing mainly on restaurants. However, thankfully, this list is far from comprehensive. There [are] so many exciting things happening in the good food movement, there is no way we could mention everything."

Well, the U. S. locale I would place on the list is on the list. That would be San Francisco/Berkeley, of course. However, I would amend that listing to include the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Sonoma County, for example, where I live, is a sizzling bed of locavore sensibility. The poll has a focus on restaurants, but it's hard to beat the eateries you'll find hereabouts: Healdsburg's Cyrus, which some believe is edging out The French Laundry as America's best restaurant; the sparely-elegant El Dorado Kitchen and the more casual The Girl & The Fig, both on the plaza in the town of Sonoma; Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. I could go on all day about Sonoma County's eateries, ranging from expensively-glittering showboats to absolutely fabulous dives. But I'll spare you my zeal.

And I could do the same for Napa County, where the French Laundry lives and is surrounded by plenty of worthy competitors. Napa is also home to what some consider the world's best veggie restaurant, bar none: ubuntu (deliberate lower case).

For that matter, there are exquisite dining possibilities everywhere in the Bay Area. I still marvel over a sensational Nouveau Greek lunch I had at the Dio Deka in Los Gatos (Santa Clara County) more than a year ago.

At any rate, quibble aside, here are the 10 cities for which you can vote by going to the Huffpost poll. The first 5 are currently leading the pack:

  1. New Orleans, Louisiana
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Berkeley/San Francisco, California
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  5. Seattle, Washington
  6. Denver, Colorado
  7. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  8. New York, New York
  9. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  10. Washington, D. C.
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