Coloradans love to Google what’s for dinner

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Coloradans dine out more than those from other states, according to an analysis.Photo byBrooke LarkonUnsplash

By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

(Colorado) It’s an exciting time to be a restaurant lover in the Mile High City.

Casa Bonita reopened with a $40 million renovation courtesy of the South Park co-creators, with award-winning chef Dana Rodriguez leading the culinary team. Michelin inspectors have been anonymously dining in restaurants statewide to determine which ones are worthy of star status as Colorado braces for its debut Michelin guide. And even fast-food concepts like McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A launch their menu improvements and new items in the Denver metro area.

Now, a new analysis from, which keeps up-to-date tabs on menu prices, says that Colorado ranks No. 1 for states where residents like to dine out the most.

To determine the ranking, analysts looked for how many times people in each state searched for more than 3,500 dining-related terms, including major fast-food chains and phrases like “best restaurant near me” and “restaurant menu.”

According to the findings, Coloradans spend a lot of time Googling what’s for dinner. The study found an average monthly search volume of 74,495 per 100,000 residents.

Starbucks, McDonald’s and Taco Bell are the chains people love most.

The menu pricing experts report average meals cost between $18 and $72.50, varying on the number of people dining out and the restaurant category. A meal at Micky D’s costs an average of $10.

Here are the top 10 states that dine out the most, according to the findings:

1. Colorado

2. Hawaii

3. Florida

4. Nevada

5. Arizona

6. Georgia

7. Texas

8. North Carolina

9. Virginia

10. Illinois

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Brittany is a journalist in the Denver metro area with more than two decades of writing and editing experience. She covers travel, restaurants and other lifestyle topics.

Westminster, CO

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