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Honolulu in the Top 20 foodie cities in U.S.

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Personal finance site WalletHub has rated Honolulu the 20th-best foodie city for consumers’ wallets.

Analysts reviewed the affordability of dining scenes in the 150 most-populous U.S. cities with an eye toward 18 metrics, from the cost of groceries to the number of restaurants per capita.

The 20th-best rank for Honolulu conceals other aspects of the index including an affordability rank of 149 out of 150.

Contributing to that standing, Honolulu has the highest cost of groceries, behind No. 149, Jersey City, N.J. and No. 148, Santa Rosa, Calif., according to WalletHub.

The market with the most affordable groceries is Laredo, Texas.

Honolulu also was found to be in a five-way tie for first place for having the most gourmet specialty-food stores per capita, alongside San Francisco, Cincinnati, Ohio; Orlando, Fla., and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Honolulu ranks fifth in the U.S. for most coffee shops per capita, behind Salt Lake City at No. 4, and below the three-way tie for No. 1, between Seattle, Wash., Portland, Ore., and San Francisco, Calif.

Some 72 percent of respondents told WalletHub researchers they would consider dining out more frequently if restaurants offered discounted menu prices during less busy times of day.

The site released the list to mark World Food Day today.

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