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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - It`s George Mahe`s job to sample all of what St. Louis has to offer.

He spent the last few months eating out around town for St. Louis Magazine's new restaurants issue.

'We did the 101 best restaurants,' says George Mahe, St. Louis Magazine Dining Editor.  'It`s interesting because the last time we did this there were 70.  This time 101.  It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and I told my editor the next time I do this I`m going to need more pages.'

But Mahe and a great number of Midwesterners already know this is a great town for a foodie.

In fact Wallet Hub ranked St. Louis the seventh best city for sumptuous treats.

The personal finance website ranked the best and cheapest foodie scenes in the United States, comparing 150 cities in categories like affordability, cost of groceries and access to quality restaurants.

'Does that surprise you?' asks Patrick Clark.

'Um, not particularly,' says Brad Fischer, General Manager Mission Taco Truck.  'Over the last few years the St. Louis culinary scene has really exploded.  We`ve got a lot of great chefs in town and a lot of good things they`re doing and a lot of great restaurants.'

One doesn't need a dining drone to know that food trucks aren't just a fad.

There are plenty of apps that will tell you where to find them.

Even Groupon to go, a food delivery service is launching in St. Louis that comes straight to your door.

'There are so many more restaurants coming on the scene,' says Mahe.  'So many more openings than closings and I mean, where is it all coming from?  The city`s population isn`t growing by that much.  So the answer is yes, everyone is eating out more often, especially the younger people.'

That`s good news for Mission Taco with their trucks, and three brick and mortar locations in University City, Soulard and the Central West End and Kansas City in spring 2017.

So that cross state rivalry won`t just be about baseball and barbeque anymore, but who has the better place to be a foodie...it`s number seven St. Louis.

Kansas City ranked 88th.