Brian Carberry
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Do you prefer Peruvian to pizza night? Brazilian to burgers? Perhaps it's time to consider putting down some roots in a city that can keep up with your bold culinary tastes. Start by looking south of the Mason-Dixon Line, where the bulk of the country's 10 best cities for adventurous eaters are located.

The top diverse eating cities based on adventurous cuisine establishments per capita

We all know New Yorkers have the most total diverse eating options. But the factor that sets the cities on our list apart from the pack is the impressive ratio of international dining options per resident. From Caribbean to Creole, we ran the numbers on restaurants that cover all corners of the globe. And when it comes to adventurous eats per capita, nobody beats the Sunshine State, where four of our top 10 are located.

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10. Tampa, FL

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If your cravings lean toward salsa and ceviche, put this Florida city on your list of considerations. You'll find a tasty array of Latin American cuisine here, along with an impressive selection of Caribbean eateries. Conch fritters, anyone?

The average one-bedroom apartment in Tampa will run you about $1,236 each month.

9. Baton Rouge, LA

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Behind Florida, Louisiana has the second strongest representation on our list, with three Bayou State cities breaking into the top 10. It's no surprise that Baton Rouge residents have their pick of Cajun and Creole eats, but the international dining scene here goes way beyond etouffee.

Looking for a place to spend those crawdads? A one-bedroom apartment in Baton Rouge will run you about $911 a month.

8. Richardson, TX

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Taking its rightful place at the top 10 table, this diverse Dallas suburb doesn't stop at Tex Mex. Whether you're craving kebabs or Kurume-style ramen, you'll find it among this eclectic lone star city's array of global eateries.

Everything may be bigger in Texas, but rental prices in Richardson are on the lower end of all cities in our top 10. A one-bedroom apartment here costs an average of $1,345 a month.

7. West Palm Beach, FL

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The second Florida city to make the cut brings a tasty splash and a whole lot of flash to our top 10. From steak frites served trackside at the legendary Palm Beach Kennel Club to ropa vieja at one of the country's oldest Cuban restaurants, adventurous eaters in South Florida will find it all here.

Hungry for a place to settle down in West Palm Beach? The average one-bedroom pad will run you about $1,683 each month.

6. Garden Grove, CA

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The sole West Coast city to crack our list, this gastronomic gem is situated at the intersection of the Korean District and Little Saigon. Hot pot and Korean barbecue is only the beginning here, as the celebrated restaurants of Garden Grove offer locals a tasty tour all around Asia – and beyond.

That SoCal lifestyle in Garden Grove can be yours for $1,763 for the average one-bedroom apartment.

5. Cambridge, MA

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How do you like them apples? The home of Harvard has arrived on the dining scene, with a slew of diverse new eateries setting up shop in every quaint square and neighborhood. From reimagined lobster rolls to the flavors of Turkey and the Middle East, you'll find delicious food for every taste and budget.

Cambridge is the priciest city on our top 10 list. Your average one-bedroom apartment here will cost you $2,802 each month.

4. Lafayette, LA

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The dining scene in the cultural capital of Cajun country is quickly creeping up on its more celebrated sister two hours east and one notch up on our top 10 list. Where else can you start your day with boudin on a biscuit and cap it off with a foie gras PB&J followed by a rack of lamb? Better make time for the gym.

Lafayette is the most affordable city on our top 10 list. You can find an average one-bedroom apartment for $828 a month.

3. New Orleans, LA

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What can be said about one of America's best food cities? The bold, flavor-intense gumbo of culinary influences upon which Nola was built make our number three city a Mecca for the gastronomically inclined, with more iconic eateries than you can shake a beignet at.

You and your krewe can settle into a one-bedroom apartment in New Orleans for an average of $1,443 each month.

2. Orlando, FL

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Savvy locals know there's a lot more to Orlando than theme parks, starting with its impressive multicultural food scene. Get your fill of everything from beef bulgolgi and hibiscus flower tacos to creative takes on down-home Southern specialties.

You don't have to spend Mickey Mouse prices for your pad in Orlando. The average one-bedroom here costs $1,328 each month.

1. Miami, FL

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You probably know to expect the country's best Cuban food in our number one city, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Adventurous eaters can take a culinary tour around Latin America, eating their way through Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Spain before hopping over to Jamaica and the West Indies.

While it's the best city for adventurous eaters on our list, it's also one of the most expensive. The average one-bedroom apartment in Miami costs $1,965 every month.

Hungry for more?

Got an appetite for more diverse dining? Venture beyond our top 10 to explore the top 50 cities for adventurous foodies.

Rank

City, State Adventurous Cuisine Establishments per Resident

1

Miami, FL 1 per 1,252

2

Orlando, FL 1 per 1,341

3

New Orleans, LA 1 per 1,501

4

Lafayette, LA 1 per 2,150

5

Cambridge, MA 1 per 2,367

6

Garden Grove, CA 1 per 2,387

7

West Palm Beach, FL 1 per 2,449

8

Richardson, TX 1 per 2,781

9

Baton Rouge, LA 1 per 2,853

10

Tampa, FL 1 per 3,108

11

San Francisco, CA 1 per 3,114

12

Hartford, CT 1 per 3,164

13

Atlanta, GA 1 per 3,425

14

Fort Lauderdale, FL 1 per 3,463

15

Seattle, WA 1 per 3,468

16

Hialeah, FL 1 per 3,631

17

New Haven, CT 1 per 3,639

18

Boulder, CO 1 per 3,694

19

Hollywood, FL 1 per 3,747

20

Pembroke Pines, FL 1 per 3,880

21

Pompano Beach, FL 1 per 3,945

22

Berkeley, CA 1 per 3,946

23

Glendale, AZ 1 per 3,981

24

Salt Lake City, UT 1 per 4,011

25

Elizabeth, NJ 1 per 4,069

26

Wilmington, NC 1 per 4,105

27

Las Vegas, NV 1 per 4,113

28

Paterson, NJ 1 per 4,130

29

Washington D.C. 1 per 4,156

30

Alexandria, VA 1 per 4,211

31

Minneapolis, MN 1 per 4,310

32

Ann Arbor, MI 1 per 4,338

33

Portland, OR 1 per 4,348

34

Honolulu, HI 1 per 4,380

35

Pasadena, CA 1 per 4,458

36

Newark, NJ 1 per 4,526

37

Richmond, VA 1 per 4,541

38

Pittsburgh, PA 1 per 4,582

39

Bridgeport, CT 1 per 4,728

40

Rochester, NY 1 per 4,838

41

Houston, TX 1 per 4,931

42

Burbank, CA 1 per 4,992

43

Denver, CO 1 per 4,997

44

Tempe, AZ 1 per 5,001

45

Inglewood, CA 1 per 5,027

46

Sunnyvale, CA 1 per 5,122

47

Charleston, SC 1 per 5,620

48

Renton, WA 1 per 5,632

49

Stamford, CT 1 per 5,688

50

Costa Mesa, CA 1 per 5,691

Top cities for adventurous eaters by total number of establishments

If you're just looking for the cities with the most adventurous eating establishments without any population consideration, here's how the top 10 would have been dished out.

Rank

City, State Total Adventurous Eating Establishments

1

New York, NY 483

2

Houston, TX 469

3

Miami, FL 370

4

Chicago, IL 366

5

Los Angeles, CA 360

6

San Francisco, CA 284

7

New Orleans, LA 262

8

Orlando, FL 209

8

Seattle, CA 209

10

San Diego, CA 200

Methodology

We took cities with populations more than 100,000 according to the U.S. Census Bureau and used 8 million commercially available business listings to add up the adventurous eating-related businesses in each city in the following categories – Vietnamese, Latin American, Cajun/Creole, International, Middle Eastern, South American, Caribbean and African. We then divided each city's population by this total to determine a ratio of the number of businesses for each resident to come up with our quantitative ranking.

The rent information included in this article is based on January 2019 multifamily rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein does not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

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Brian Carberry has more than 10 years' experience as a content creator and award-winning journalist. He is currently the managing editor of Apartment Guide and rent.com, and his work has been featured on CNN, Search Engine Land, Campaign Monitor, Randstad and a number of other organizations around the world. In his free time, Brian enjoys sports, cooking and debating the correct pronunciation of "gif."

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