Houstonians are heading to the city's restaurants in droves. And they're loving what they find there.
So says a new survey from the folks at LivingSocial that names Houston the fourth best dining city in the nation. The survey polled 4,000 residents nationwide.
Houston ranked just behind No. 1 New York, No. 2 Chicago and No. 3 San Francisco. In state, the Bayou City edged out No. 5 Dallas.
And while the average American eats out 4.8 times a week, or about 249 restaurant meals a year, locals like to get out a little more often. The average Houston resident eats out 5.67 times a week, the fourth highest in the country (incidentally, we're the third highest when it comes to eating breakfast at restaurants).
So what are the top types of restaurants locals crave? The city ranks tops in Cajun and Creole restaurants, but when it comes to volume Mexican ranks no. 1, followed by Italian, Chinese, steakhouse and seafood.
Another interesting takeaway: the city is tops in the nation in terms of business lunches.
This is the first year for the LivingSocial survey. But Houston often ranks high on other polls of restaurant quality and dining habits, including the one put out annually by Zagat.
The full survey results are available on LivingSocial.