We chose California for one reason: avocados. Just kidding. We chose it for many reasons, but avocados are the best reason.
Like New York, California’s melting pot of cultures (it’s the most diverse state in the country) creates a culinary map that spans the entire world.
Plus, the Golden State’s agricultural supply is so vast — more than 450 crops! — that it supplies much of the country with its produce, while supporting tons of four-season farmers markets. More almonds are harvested here than anywhere in the world, and oranges grow even in the winter. Take that vitamin D-starved rest of the country!
Want haute cuisine? Try eating in L.A. or San Francisco, where Michelin-starred restaurants abound. More in the mood for cheap and greasy? Head to a taco truck for the best Mexican food north of the border, or order an animal-style burger at In-N-Out, so good you’ll want to cry.
This state has it all, honestly. And if you don’t agree that it has the best food scene in America, well, you’re just plain wrong.