Portland Metro Region one of the Best Restaurant Areas in the Country

1/31/2013 -

Portland Metro Region one of the Best Restaurant Areas in the Country
Online magazine ranks the Portland-Lewiston area eighth best restaurant city with the most eateries per capita

PORTLAND, Maine – This week, Huffington Post named the Portland-Lewiston region as the eighth best restaurant metro area in the US. Using data from the NPD Groups’ annual ReCount survey, which takes a yearly census of the number of restaurants in the country, the online magazine identified the top metro regions in the country will the highest number of restaurants per capita. Juneau, Alaska topped the list with New York City, Panama City and Myrtle Beach rounding out the top ten. The Huffington Post joins Bon Appetit for its praise of Portland’s food scene. In 2009, the magazine named Portland the Foodiest Small Town in America.

“Portland’s restaurant scene is an important part of the economy and culture and for anyone who has dined in the city, they would agree that the industry is well deserving of national attention,” remarked City of Portland Mayor Michael Brennan. “For those who look beyond the numbers, you’ll find an industry that is diverse and unique, reflecting the special qualities of Portland. The industries impact reach well into the bay with many establishments adopting sustainable food practices that support local farms and fisherman.”

Through the Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System, the city has worked to help buoy the local food movement by developing policies and initiatives that will expand the availability of local and healthy foods. To that end, the city has supported local farmers markets and expanded access to community gardening. Currently, the city has one hundred and thirty community garden plots at four locations and all but two of the city’s schools.

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