Santa Fe's food and drink options are right up there with Napa Valley wine and New Orleans po' boys, according to a list voted by travelers of TripAdvisor.


The online traveling giant's top 10 US "Food and Wine Destinations" ranks the City Different eighth, sandwiched between Las Vegas, Nevada and Savannah, Georgia.

"To be included in a list with standout cities like New Orleans, Chicago, Napa, New York and San Francisco is significant confirmation of the quality of Santa Fe's culinary and wine scene," Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jim Bradbury said in a statement.

New Orleans ranks tops the list. Santa Fe's east coast doppelganger, Asheville, N.C., bottoms it out.

TripAdvisor says the list is "based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world."

The press release:

70 Destinations Worldwide Recognized Based on Opinions of Millions of Travelers

New Orleans Tops U.S. List and Italy Dominates in Europe

NEWTON, Mass. – October 4, 2011 – TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2011 Travelers’ Choice Food and Wine Destinations awards. Seventy outstanding destinations across the globe have been honored in the inaugural awards, with Top 10 lists named for the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Central and South America, South Pacific, and India. 

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.  The Travelers' Choice Food and Wine Destinations award winners were determined based on the most highly rated food and wine destinations by travelers in TripAdvisor reviews.

"TripAdvisor's community of millions have helped us determine award-winning destinations for a topic near and dear to travelers' hearts and stomachs," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. "The Travelers' Choice Food and Wine award winners are remarkable spots around the world that satisfy all tastes."

2011 Travelers' Choice Food and Wine U.S. Destinations:

1. New Orleans, Louisiana

2. Napa, California

3. Chicago, Illinois

4. Charleston, South Carolina

5. San Francisco, California

6. New York City, New York

7. Savannah, Georgia

8. Santa Fe, New Mexico

9. Las Vegas, Nevada

10. Asheville, North Carolina

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor