Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Favorite Cities” 2012 Poll Ranks Providence #1 in U.S.A. for “Food/Drink/Restaurants”

by David Dadekian
Terrace dining overlooking Providence

Terrace dining overlooking Providence

Travel + Leisure’s 2012 “America’s Favorite Cities” poll results are out and Providence has been named the best city in the country for “Food/Drink/Restaurants.” That’s right, #1! Read all about Providence’s rankings in the following release from the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. Congratulations to everyone at all the food & drink restaurants and businesses in the area who contribute to this best-in-country polling status.



Providence Ranked #1 Food Destination in the U.S. In Travel + Leisure’s 2012 “America’s Favorite Cities” Poll

Providence was ranked the top destination in the United States for “Food/Drink/Restaurants” in the just-released results of Travel + Leisure magazine’s “America’s Favorite Cities” poll. The city finished just ahead of New York, New Orleans, Chicago, and Portland, Ore., which rounded out the top five.

“Providence’s national reputation as a culinary powerhouse is a cornerstone of our marketing efforts,” said Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) President & CEO Martha Sheridan. The PWCVB encouraged people to vote in the survey through its social media channels. “The depth and breadth of our culinary offerings is phenomenal and we are fortunate to have so many talented people in our city.”

Providence placed in the top ten in all food-related categories but one – barbecue. The survey covers many categories, with Providence ranking fourth in “Theater/Performing Arts,” first as a “Base for Day Trips,” sixth as a “Gay Friendly Destination,” and fifth as a “Summer Destination.”

Overall, Rhode Island’s capital handily beat Boston and Portland, Maine, the two other New England cities included on the list. The destination did have it downside, however, with Providence placing 26 out of 35 in “Driving Ability.”

For a complete breakdown of survey results, visit .

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