Berkeley named fourth-best foodie city in the United States

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Locals and Bay Area eaters are all well aware that Berkeley is a foodie mecca, but one website is taking its praise for the city one step further — best foodie city on the West Coast.

Livability, a website that determines “America’s best places to live and visit,” recently published its top 10 foodie cities, and the only West Coast city to make the list was Berkeley, which came in fourth place.

The entry on Berkeley cites its “European-style marketplaces, boutique restaurants and artisan food shops” and heralds it — and Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse, of course — as the birthplace of the “California Cuisine” movement in the 1970s.

However, instead of segueing into the secondary Gourmet Ghetto that is Fourth Street, Livability zeroes in on the offerings down Shattuck Avenue, praising Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen, La Note and Bistro Liaison for breaking the “healthily sophisticated” mold.

Read the entire top 10 list below:

1. Decatur, Ga.
2. Hoboken, N.J.
3. Bloomington, Ind.
4. Berkeley, Calif.
5. Madison, Wis.
6. Lafayette, La.
7. Chapel Hill, N.C.
8. Santa Fe, N.M.
9. Alexandria, Va.
10. Burlington, Vt.

Christopher Yee is the editor of Eating Berkeley. Contact him at [email protected].