Bon Appétit Names America's Foodiest Towns 2010

Photo by: The Kitchen
Boulder, Colorado-
Boulder has won just about every shiny happy lifestyle award a city can: Healthiest, Most Educated, Most Bicycle-Friendly--the list goes on. And this year, it can add one more: Bon Appetit's Foodiest Town in America. Along with having fit, smart, and eco-conscious citizens, Boulder is home to a number of innovative food companies (Celestial Seasonings, Izze Beverage Company, and Bhakti Chai), top-tier restaurants, and one of the best farmers' markets in the country.

Pictured: A dish at Boulder's The Kitchen restaurant, which donates 20 percent of profits every Monday night to a local school garden project.

Read Bon Appétit's full article for a six-day guide to Boulder's food scene

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Each year, Bon Appétit brings you a report on the nation's top food towns. Restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton scours the country to find towns with the most inspired culinary culture, and this year he crowned Boulder as "America's Foodiest Town 2010."

Our criteria:

Small (fewer than 250,000 people) or with a small-town feel, quality farmers' markets, concerned farmers, dedicated food media, first-rate restaurants, talented food artisans, and a community of food lovers. These are the towns where we'd like to go to dinner, and so much more.

Here's the run-down on why Boulder took home the title, plus a look at five runner-up destinations for the food-obsessed. Click through to see if your hometown made the list.