Whenever we tell people that we meet when traveling that we’re from NYC or Brooklyn, more often then not they mention how they love the city and would love to visit again some day.
Why do people love New York so much? It could be due to the shopping, Broadway shows, Central Park or maybe even the since it is the home of the NY Mets. (OK, I’m willing to bet that it isn’t for my last reason!)
I just came across another reason why people might want to visit New York.
CNN came out with a slideshow a few days back with the 12 Best Meat Cities In America and to my surprise NYC came out on top!
Now I know that my hometown has amazing food and a wide variety of places to chow down. However, when I think of New York, I think pizza, not meat.
After reading about why NYC came in first, it made a bit more sense. Of the places mentioned by CNN, I’ve been to all but 2 of them and they are all fantastic. The city has had great steakhouses for years, awesome delis, hot dogs and an overwhelming amount of places to get great burgers.
The biggest change in recent years that led to placing NYC at the top, is mostly likely the amount of awesome, new barbecue restaurants, especially in Brooklyn. CNN mentions “Once a barbecue wasteland, New York’s now a hotbed of great restaurants propelled by the recent rise of Brooklyn barbecue”.
Here is CNN’s list of Top 12 Meat Cities in America:
- New York City
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Austin, Texas
- Lexington, North Carolina
- Los Angeles
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Tampa, Florida
- Las Vegas
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Omaha, Nebraska
Besides NYC, I had a chance to try out lots of the meaty offerings in Kansas City a few months back. The barbecue was awesome and we also had some really good burgers. In Philadelphia I’ve also enjoyed many of their famous cheese steaks and had burgers at some excellent places.
What would you consider to be the best meat city in America?
Find out about each of the 12 Best Meat Cities in America here.