Which US cities go out to eat the most?

Here at Bundle, we wondered which American cities eat out the most. We combed through our data—billions of anonymous, aggregated credit card transactions—to find households with at least five restaurant tabs in the past three years. Then we ranked cities based on the average amount spent per month in restaurants, excluding fast food eateries and bars, and indexed the cities to the U.S. average.

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Topping our list was a surprise from the south. Dallas diners eat out more often than residents of any other major city, chowing down with 70 percent more restaurant transactions than the average. Dallas residents also spend 12 percent more than average each time they open a menu. The combination of eating out more often and paying more results in Dallas diners spending about 91 percent more on eating out than the average U.S. household each month.

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Dallas isn’t the only Texas locale with a healthy appetite for dining out. Three other Texas cities—Plano, Fort Worth and Austin—crowded into our top 10, making the Lone Star State the unofficial capital of U.S. dining out culture.

While diners in New York City go out to eat just 12 percent more often than the average, Manhattanites spend the most per restaurant visit, with tabs 33 percent higher than the average. Manhattan landed in our No. 2 spot, with diners spending 49 percent more on eating out than the average U.S. household on a monthly basis.

Two Virginia cities represent the national eating out average. In Arlington, diners spend two percent more than the average U.S. household on a monthly basis; in Alexandria, diners spend two percent less than average.

Diners in Columbus go out to eat only five percent fewer times than average, but they spend the least among big city diners, with average checks totaling 27 percent below average. Columbus diners spend 31 percent less monthly than the typical U.S. household.

While Bronx diners spend 21 percent more than average at each restaurant meal, they dine out the least of all big city residents—46 percent less than the national average. That puts the Bronx at the bottom of our ranking, with diners spending 35 percent less than the average U.S. household each month.

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