Go Midwest, Young (Hungry) Man! Midwest Living Magazine Names Top Food Towns

midwestliv.jpgI’ll admit it. I love lists. Top five this, top 10 that – especially when it comes to food. So when Midwest Living magazine named its top food towns, I had to check it out.

In its annual Best of the Midwest issue, Midwest Living magazine dished on the region’s top five food towns, five favorite meals in each and more than 50 of the region’s best places to dine.

Midwest Living’s editors noshed through more than 700 meals at locally owned establishments in their coverage area, focusing on metropolitan areas of fewer than 1 million residents after surmising that bigger cities had bigger appetites, and thus, more of a variety and edge in dining than their smaller counterparts.

After pushing themselves away from the collective table, the editors tapped the Midwest’s best food town as Madison, Wis., followed by Traverse City, Mich., Ann Arbor, Mich., Bloomington, Ind., and Des Moines, Iowa.

What commonly received high marks were a city’s restaurants relying on locally grown products. Others made the grade for its dining scene’s quirkiness, variety, history or transformation.

To give readers a taste of each town, Midwest Living magazine shares its five favorite meals in each of its top five towns. In addition to this list, a special section recounts 54 Midwest meals that are worth the trip.

Part of the Better Homes and Gardens Network, Midwest Living magazine publishes its recommendations on dining, lodging and attractions in a special issue once a year. The 2010 installment is available on newsstands until Sept. 7, 2010.

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Michelle Ryan is obsessed with good food, great shoes and Alabama football way down South in Savannah, Georgia. She hasn’t met a kitchen gadget she hasn’t at least thought about buying (trying them is another story) and devotes her time to Bikram Yoga, baking and trying to overcome long-held finicky eating habits.